T.G.I.F.

Everything Must Go!

This must certainly be the first time that the closing of a branch of some corporate empire affected me with a kind of disappointment bordering on sadness. Many bookstores have closed, independent enterprises that have ...

I've Got a Hole in My Chest

“What do you call a can opener that won’t work? A can’t opener.” Greg Morton is, by his own description, “not a particularly funny man,” and yet he ekes out a living — specifically, eking ...

Hey, Pal, What's Goin' Badly?

“There is a therapeutic aspect to reporting what few like to admit. What is a reporter except a kind of house detective, scavenging through the bureau drawers of men’s lives, searching for the minor vice, ...

Easy Strumming

(Names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent, though innocent of what is unclear.) Weekends are the obvious time for spring-cleaning. Saturday, at least, one supposes. Been living for a bit in a ...

Life of a Lemon Grove Bachelor

This Friday I’ve got to get out of the house. I’ve been told my recent stuff is pretty bad...all this “I’m old and in the way” sort of thing. Okay. What do we do? My ...

A Little April Fool's Stuff

Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which “are” there. — Richard Feynman Friday nights at D.G. ...

Love and Lit on a Wine Crate

It was precisely when your English instructor introduced you (assuming they did) to T.S. Eliot’s most famous phrase, “April is the cruelest month,” that it was determined whether your sense of paradox and irony might ...

Old and in the Way

Having just recently turned 60, I am pulling up the rear of what has commonly been termed the Baby Boomers. Apparently the generation dates from the end of WWII or 1945, so that would place ...

Coloring Outside the Lines

“Beware the ides of March” is a quote from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a warning regarding the emperor’s impending assassination. For a time, the dusty old quote enjoyed a new life as a reference to ...

The Joy of Being Alive

March may have blustered into San Diego like a lion more than once but never often enough to earn a cuteism like June Gloom or May Gray. Nothing like, “Ah, yes, just like clockwork every ...

If It's Spring, This Must Be Rock 'n' Roll

This column will appear several weeks after the particular Friday morning on which I am working on my laptop in the sunlight, and it is nice to think that this genuinely spring-like weather might continue ...