I do not like taking medicine. For one thing, obtaining medicine usually means making a trip to see a doctor of some sort, which usually means there’s something wrong with me, which usually makes me very unhappy. Beyond whatever is ailing me, nine times out of ten the medicine I receive causes me to feel… Read More


I am on a roll this month, folks. Actually, my current streak of calamitous events began at the end of last month, when I was bit by a dog on a bike ride near my house and had to subsequently receive my first tetanus shot in umpteen years. That was followed up this past weekend… Read More


As a result of my depression, I’ve been ashamed about a lot of things in my life that I didn’t really need to be. For instance, if I saw someone I knew at Walmart but decided I didn’t want to talk to them for some reason and ducked down an aisle to avoid them, I… Read More


My wife suggested the other day that I get a sleep study done, and I can’t say that’s an entirely unreasonable idea. I am not exaggerating when I say I could fall asleep at virtually any time of day, possibly even on command. And I’m not talking a light sleep, either. I’m talking drool-on-the-pillow snoozing.… Read More


As I mentioned here Friday, my father-in law has had a myriad of health issues over the last few years. He spent a good portion of the past weekend in the hospital, and he was released to go home Sunday afternoon still not knowing exactly what was wrong with him. Could have been arthritis flaring up.… Read More


It’s Friday night, and my wife is at the hospital with her mom and dad. My father-in-law has had a wide range of health problems over the past few years, so your prayers for him would be appreciated. The kids are all in bed, so this should be prime writing time for me. I’m tapped… Read More


Well, as I predicted yesterday, I wound up getting a tetanus shot today. This was due to a dog biting me on the leg during a bicycle ride yesterday afternoon. At least, I think he bit me. I was riding past his house, he ran out at me, I got past him, and then I suddenly felt… Read More


On this fairly hectic day that managed to somehow include me getting bit by a dog on my afternoon bicycle ride (Thankfully, the dog has had its shots. Still, I may be in line for a tetanus shot come tomorrow.), I’m feeling a little tapped out in the idea department tonight. So I’ve decided to… Read More


I feel bad for Richard Martinez. I really do. Anyone who loses a child in as senseless an act of violence as Martinez lost his son, Christopher, is wholly deserving of our sympathy. Christopher Martinez was only 20 years old, a student at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was one of seven… Read More


I am a total wimp when it comes to amusement park rides. Spin me around in circles, and I’m fine; plunge me off some kind drop-off, and I’m praying to God for survival. That feeling of hurtling toward potential death has never done much for me, so I tend to avoid things like roller coasters… Read More