Thursday, September 21, 2017

I'm a Pain in the Back

Have any of you suffered from lower back pain? I’ve been a pain in my own back for the last week. When I was younger, occasionally I pulled a muscle while playing sports, but there was an event that caused pain. Now I have pain in my lower back with no discernable event causing it. One of the things that occurs as I get older. A massage helps and I’ve been doing back exercises.

It makes it difficult to sit at the keyboard for very long, therefore this will be a short post.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lessons from Two-Year-Olds at a Playground

I’ve learned a lot lately when taking our two-year-old grandson to the playground. We’re fortunate in Lakewood, CA, where we live to have a number of excellent playgrounds for little kids. Our favorite is at Bolivar Park. It’s a new playground with excellent climbing, swinging and sliding equipment designed for two to five-year-olds in a fenced-in area with both sand and soft rubber material to protect when children fall. And best of all for a grandpa, there are many benches and shade.

Since our grandson is an only child, playgrounds are a good place for him to interact with peers and learn how to share toys. Two-year-olds are at that age where they start interacting with other kids and are learning to communicate. Several observations:

  1. They always want to play with the other kids’ toys. No matter what we bring, our grandson is attracted to a ball, car or truck of another kid.
  2. They like to chase each other. Great exercise and lots of enjoyment.
  3. Sometimes they want to play together and sometimes they want to play alone.
  4. There are altercations, at times, when two kids want to play with the same toy. This leads to trying to grab a toy away or stalking the other kid until he puts the toy down. All the kids are starting to learn to share, some more successfully than others.
  5. Most of the kids are well-behaved with supervising parents or grandparents there to encourage sharing. Once in a while there’s a bully and typically the “responsible” adult is on a cell phone.
  6. The kids play with everyone no matter the gender or race. A real demonstration how biases are taught and not inherent.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Who's the leader of the gang,
That's made not for you but me?
D-O-N-A-L-D  T-R-you-M-P!
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
Immigrants are unwelcome as can be,
D-O-N-A-L-D  T-R-you-M-P!
Donald Trump!

Mickey Mouse!
Donald Trump!
Mickey Mouse!
Forever build a border wall
High, high, high. High!

Come along let’s sing his praise
While all the country pays!
D-O-N-A-L-D  T-R-you-M-P!
We'll have fun, we'll reject different faces.
We'll do things and send them other places.
All around the country we’re strutting.
Who's the leader of the gang,
That's made for mediocrity?
D-O-N-A-L-D  T-R-you-M-P!
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
Fake news is as welcome as can be,
D-O-N-A-L-D  T-R-you-M-P!

Donald Trump!
Mickey Mouse!
Donald Trump!

Mickey Mouse!
Forever watch medical insurance rates go
High, high, high. High!
Come along let’s blame Obama
And fight diversity!
D-O-N-A-L-D  T-R-you-M-P!
Yay Donald!
Yay Donald!
Yay Trumpeteers!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Launch of a New Novel

My latest mystery novel, Death of a Scam Artist, was released by Encircle Publications two weeks ago. In preparation I had a postcard produced that showed the cover of the book on one side with a blurb and relevant information on the address side. This was then mailed to my mailing list. I also have an email list and sent information about the book to people on this list. Upcoming events include signing at two book stores, a book fair at a senior living community and a presentation at a retirement home. This book features older characters, and my earlier six book Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series was well-received by older readers.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Independent Book Stores

Let’s hear it for independent book stores. As a writer and reader, I’m glad to have an independent book store near where I live.

When a new book comes out, I hold a signing and give a presentation at Gatsby Books 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach CA. For my recently released mystery novel, Death of a Scam Artist, this will take place at 3 PM on Sunday September 10, 2017.

At these types of events, I always enjoy seeing familiar faces and meeting new people.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The World Situation

In high school, one of my favorite singing groups was the Kingston Trio. Here's an updated version of words for their song, The Merry Minuet:

They're rioting in Charlottesville
There’s strife in Iraq
There's fake news in Washington
And immigrants are sent back
The whole world is festering with unbridled hate
Republicans hate Democrats, Liberals hate the Right
Arabs hate Israelis, Shiites hate Sunnis
And the President Tweets all night

But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud
For man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud
And we know for certain that some lovely day
Some lunatic will set the spark off
And we will all be blown away

They're missiles in North Korea
There's a nuclear threat in Iran
What global warming doesn't do to us
Will be done by our fellow man

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I've Got the DTs

My hands are a shakin’

My head is a bakin’

I’ve got the DTs


News is a fakin’

Lies are escalatin’

I’ve got the DTs


Russia is a chucklin’

Confidence is a bucklin’

I’ve got the DTs


Climate is a heatin’

Civility is retreatin’

I’ve got the DTs


Politicians are a bickerin’

Other nations are a snickerin’

I’ve got the DTs


North Korea is bombastin’

Peace may not be lastin’

I’ve got the DTs


Medical insurance is implodin’

Blame is explodin’

I’ve got the DTs


Walls are fabricatin’

Foreigners are extricatin’

I’ve got the DTs


Hate is aboundin’

Statements are astoundin’

I’ve got the DTs