From my email this late afternoon: "Why do you announce to the world that you have mental health issues? Don't you know that can come back and bite you in the ass? Aren't you afraid?" Here are my answers: It is the right thing for me to do, yes, and no. Now to expound on that, … Continue reading In Reply
It has been a minute since my cheese last slipped off my cracker. As I was on my way home from a potluck last Wednesday evening, I felt a slight change overcome my mood. The best I describe it is I suddenly, and not for any discernable reason, I describe as 'sad,' though that is … Continue reading Cheese and Crackers
We had not been in our new home for three months yet when Halloween came around. My son was six-years-old at the time, and he was excited about going trick-or-treating in our new neighborhood. One night, as he was getting ready for bed, he asked, "Can we go to a haunted house?" As he climbed … Continue reading Haunted House
Darkness was beginning to settle as I hurriedly walked home. I had spent much longer at the local pub than I meant to, and now I was in trouble with my wife. Along with the night came an unsettling fog that slowly wafted its way between the nearby trees and the narrow path I followed. … Continue reading ¿Eres tú, Batman?
My Cousin Elmo says, "I stand behind Alec Baldwin because no way in hell will I stand in front of him."
As Frankie entered my laboratory, I asked, "Whats was wrong, son?" "The kids at school are bullying me," he said. "How so?" I asked. "They are calling me a freak," he said. "One kid even said I was an accident." I frowned as he asked, "Am I an accident, Dad?" Frank Jr. is reaching that … Continue reading Bullied
My Cousin Elmo says, "So, the bills are washed, the laundry paid, the clothes are in the oven, and the last load of dinner is in the dryer, and my wife claims I'm no good at multitasking."
The Marketing and Communications Department at UNR has introduced a diversity, equity, and inclusion guide, requiring staff to avoid saying “Native Nevadan,” as it may be offensive to the indigenous population, meaning Indians. It says: "Refrain from using the term native Nevadan as a general term for people born and raised in Nevada as it … Continue reading Native Nevada and Political Correctness
Nearly a year after this blog documented the federal elections fraud that happened in Nevada in 2020, a Las Vegas man finds himself accused of voting twice, including once using his late wife, Rosemarie, name, during the 2020 election. Attorney General Aaron Ford's office is accusing Donald Kirk Hartle of voting more than once in … Continue reading Las Vegas Man Accused of Voter Fraud
My Cousin Elmo says, "I'm fat and salty. I am bacon!"
Have you ever had one of those days where you're busy and cannot stop and take the time to write at the moment? Have you ever had one of those days where you repeat, edit and revise a story in your head because you cannot stop and take the time to write at the moment? … Continue reading There Was This Great Story in My Head
knotted and tangled indigo shadowed scars my spirit still bleeds
My Cousin Elmo says, "Jus' my luck. My parents get LBJ and I get FJB."
My Cousin Elmo says, "Instead of 'Build Back Better,' how about just 'Put it back the way you found it and leave it the hell alone.'”
Had to go to the post office this morning. I remembered everything -- wallet, phone, package, but I forgot my mask. Decided that since I was already in the parking lot, I would not return home for it. Besides, businesses usually have those cheap sky-blue masks available for "we, the forgetful." Not today. Since no … Continue reading The Unmasked Smart-Ass Strikes Again.
Unable to sleep last night, I read the FY21 Budget Reconciliation Bill, thinking such mundane, boring legalese would make me fall fast asleep. Instead wound up staying up all night and morning making notes. I have done my best to remove the opinionated-verbiage I use when researching such a touchy subject. My apologies should you … Continue reading So Really, What is in That Damnable Bill
In August, China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that orbited the planet before racing back down toward its target at more than five times the speed of sound. The test left U.S. intelligence surprised, indicating China is making quicker progress in developing hypersonic weapons than previously known. Beijing has denied the report, saying that it … Continue reading Still Pounding Sand Where the Clintons are Concerned
My Cousin Elmo says, "The oil may be in Texas, but the dipsticks are in Washington D.C."
The nurse escorted Hilga to an exam room, where she had to step on the scale, have her height measured and temperature taken. Finished, the nurse asked her to strip and put on a flimsy hospital gown. "Doctor will be with you shortly," the nurse smiled as she exited the room. Minutes later, the doctor … Continue reading A Witch Goes to the Doctor
With her jet black hair and bangs, Sally Mae was a beautiful woman. That's why Anderson was frustrated. Every time he tried taking her picture, the results were the same. "Blurry again," he'd complain. As for Sally, she found herself in trouble for her actions. "You do not have the right to speed up simply … Continue reading Betty Blur
"So what's this one supposed to represent," Apolonia Pena asked the park ranger. "I can't speak on behalf of the park, but I think it is a 'shapeshifter," the ranger said. "At least that is what Grandfather told me when I was a child." "It's frightening," Apolonia said. "It is," said the ranger. "I also … Continue reading The Staircase
For years, even as a child, I wondered how long or if ever the people of Virginia City, Nev., knew that Sam Clemens and Mark Twain were the same people. The short answer is that Sam Clemens walked into a saloon and came out as Mark Twain. And like those Genzu knife commercials of late-night … Continue reading Sam Clemens, the Genzu Knife That Keep Giving
My Cousin Elmo says, "If Congress really cared about 'We the People,' they'd resign."
The following information I culled from the Jerusalem Post: "A new study from George Washington University noted that an aspirin regimen in more than 400 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the United States cut the need for ventilation by 44 percent, slashed ICU admission by 43 percent, and reduced overall in-hospital mortality rates by 47 … Continue reading A Spoon Full of Sugar
I waited till late this evening and after finishing my work for the day to write this... It is important to tell you that I lost a friend today to death. Doc Durden was a giant of a man both in physique and in the eternal sense. Pressed to get a COVID vaccine last week, … Continue reading Richard Patrick ‘Doc’ Durden, 1946-2021
Maggie finished her General's Chicken and asked for the bill. When her server came and laid it on the table, she also gave Maggie a single fortune cookie, which Maggie immediately cracked open. She ate half of the cookie as she read the slip of paper: "You will die by old age." Maggie smiled and … Continue reading Fortune Cookie
I thought of titling this "How to Take Me From Being Decent to Becoming a Would-be Murderer." I saw a scared gosling trying to cross a busy roadway. I pulled over and made my way to where I could safely reach the bird. I motioned for traffic to be aware, and drivers reacted by slowing … Continue reading Nice Guy…Not
Morning arrival: Cool, high overcast A hint of fall snow Leaves are scattering over the yard But our lovely pink rose still blooms
My Cousin Elmo says, "I don't do 'rise and shine.' I do 'caffeinate and cross my fingers.'"
They met by accident on the sidewalk in front of the old folk's home where they lived. Dark and 3:15 in the morning, neither saw the other till they each came to the walkway. "You too?" Frank asked. "Me, too," Bill answered. They headed up the walk to the front steps. That's where Bill stopped. … Continue reading The Making of a Trio
As Ying took his final breath, he found himself in darkness no man could describe. Ahead he saw the red glow of Yangs of eyes. They widened before blinking, "What are you doing here?" "How soon you forget." "But you are a mortal and cannot be here." "I was mortal once, but when you took … Continue reading The Elucidation of Ying and Yang