Category Archives: Personal Writing

Jedi, Friends, Lovers, and Princesses

I write about Star Wars often on this site, but I wasn’t sure how to write about the passing of Carrie Fisher. She was important, but I was more into other elements of the saga, from the Jedi to the aliens. I was fine with letting others discuss her impact on their Star Wars fandom.… Read More »

Rest in Peace to a classmate we called Devil Man

I hate writing these posts. I really do. But writing is my way of processing. Yesterday I learned that a high school classmate of mine, Tom Patton, passed away. Although I last saw him in 1995 at our graduation, Tom and I reconnected on Facebook in February 2011. Facebook is also how I learned the… Read More »

Reflections on 10 years writing online ….

Two weeks ago, an anniversary passed that I totally forgot about. On September 14th, 2016, I passed my 10th year of writing online. I’m absolutely flabbergasted I’ve gone on this long. But I can’t imagine life any other way. Writing online has become a big part of my life over the last 10 years. It… Read More »

The Case of the Mistaken Lortz

Today I received an interesting email from someone with an Asian name. Hello Mike, good morning. I am planning to remodel three bathrooms of my house. Mr. (another Asian name) refers you to me. Could you please give me a call to discuss the further details ASAP? I can be reached at (402) xxx-xxxx (home)… Read More »

Memories of Spades back in the day

The other day I found an article entitled “A Caucasian’s Guide to Spades” on – or a subsite of Deadspin, whatever constitutes Deadspin these days. It’s been a long time since I played Spades. A really long time. At least 10 years. I think the last time I played was at a college party… Read More »

The Army and I, twenty years ago today ….

There are several dates each year that cause me to take a moment and reflect. There is my birthday, family birthdays, and the anniversary of family deaths. And one date that marks the beginning of my adult life. The date who I was changed forever. Twenty years ago, on August 21st, 1995, I left home… Read More »