Tuna, Texas

For those who haven’t been keeping up with my life, we are dealing with an aging cat that has congestive heart failure. After the sadness goes away, comes the medication, and the reality: how do we get pills and nasty liquid medicine down a stubborn tomcat’s mouth twice a day? The videos on YouTube make … More Tuna, Texas

A Writer’s Cat

I have to tell you about Booker. He’s my cat. He didn’t start off being my cat. My daughter Melissa rescued him 13 years ago on the street when he was just a scrawny worm-ridden kitten. She almost ran over him and immediately fell in love with him. She brought him home, and he immediately … More A Writer’s Cat

Spring Break, 2017

One of the perks of being a college professor is getting to enjoy spring break just like my students do. Of course, there’s still lots of work I could be doing, but just like my students, I choose to ignore it, at least for a week. But for me, spring break is what used to … More Spring Break, 2017


There was a time when I used to study for classes in front of the TV, music playing in the background, often while speaking on the phone. I could even do it with other people in the room doing their own thing, often loudly. Not any longer. I was young then, and for some reason, … More Distracted