February 2014

What are you reading right now?

I used to read fiction exclusively. I found “getting lost” in another human soul’s perceptions of reality utterly stimulating. The interplay between characters would cause (help?) me to step outside myself for a little while; the cadence of the prose would stay with me, playing like a [...]

February 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

I hate my TV. I love my TV.

At exactly 11 a.m. EST yesterday morning, David Gregory, moderator of the longest continuous running news program on television, signed off in his customary fashion: “If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press…”  Trumpets flared. Seizing the grandeur of the moment, I ceremoniously – and [...]

February 24, 2014 // 4 Comments

Straight to Crazyville: The Grover Howard Story

Last night, Grover and I played fetch out on the small patch of grass at my apartment complex. He leapt over bushes, snatched up the ball with great fervor and trotted around like he was hot stuff. Everything was copacetic until my better half decided to go back inside, at which point Grover fell [...]

February 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Traversing the intellectual chasm between man and dog

Word on the street has it when daddy’s at work, Grover waits until mommy walks upstairs before he unleashes hell on the kitchen. Yesterday he got his slobbery maw on the boy’s lunch box, demolishing a salad container and leaving a delightful, blue confectionery trail of Fun Dip between the [...]

February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

The ill-behaved chocolate Labradoodle goes to school

This is Grover. Grover is ill-behaved. Left to his devices, Grover topples the garbage can, scattering its contents across the kitchen floor. In the time it takes you to check the mail, Grover snatches a 4-pack of banana nut muffins from the counter with his long and frighteningly dexterous front [...]

February 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

Helping Belal to find a better job

The first time I met Belal, I was struck by his facile and mild-mannered disposition. He has an inquisitive way of looking at people and assessing situations that can only be the mark of intelligence. We began exchanging pleasantries several months ago, when I’d make the short walk from my [...]

February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

On donating books to the Salvation Army

Research suggests people who donate to charity feel happier and enjoy better overall health than those who don’t. I’m not exactly sure how that works on a physiologically level, but I do believe we have a responsibility to help those less fortunate than ourselves. On a grand scale, donating [...]

February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments