Did I ever mention that my nearby town of Desert Hot Springs is full of the downtrodden and dispossessed? This afternoon I lined up at the supermarket checkstand behind a tattered, tufted guy–shirt untucked, jeans rolled up to mid-calf, sagging white socks–of about my same age, talking out loud, humming a song snippet, looking … More A non sequitur about deer–make that kangaroos–in the checkout lane
I’m definitely bumping up the leafy green vegetables. More chicken, too. … More A pelican can make New Year’s resolutions, too
Some words and phrases I avoid when speaking and writing, either because they’re too trendy, too affected, or they suggest thoughtlessness. Years ago I took a copywriter job at a big agency. “Welcome aboard,” I heard more than once the first week. We would get“on the same page” when I joined the new project. Soon after … More Are you -based or -centric? Take this usage test to find out if you suck or blow.
Writing about Donald Trump (and enduring his castigation)
Standing guard at an abortion clinic
Repairing power lines downed in an ice storm
Tidying up after suicide bombers … More 5 Jobs I Managed to Avoid in 2015
That’s outrageous!! Gotta love it.”
“You have excellent taste.”
“I know a good boob when I see one.” … More Christmas boobs. Are you listening? Beautiful sight, happy tonight.
As it happens, the seven-footer resents being called Stretch, the anorexic loathes the name Twiggy, and imagine the consternation of the awards-show host and recipient when the announcement comes: “It goes to Blind Lemon Jefferson.” … More As PC came in, nicknames swept beyond the outfield, out of the jukebox, even the ballot box