DIE HARD (its Origins), Violence, Redemption, and Xmas (Plus a Bonus Writing Tip!)

Good pal Mojo got me thinking about DIE HARD again the other day, and it brought to mind the novel that movie is based on, NOTHING LASTS FOREVER by Roderick Thorpe–which I read over Xmas last year. Below I’ve pasted a slight polishing-up of my Goodreads review of NOTHING LASTS FOREVER (which I gave 4 … Continue reading “DIE HARD (its Origins), Violence, Redemption, and Xmas (Plus a Bonus Writing Tip!)”

On Micro-agression and Macro-depression and Xmas/Xanukah (with bonus tracks!!!)

Hey All, I continue to write a monthly column for the Ann Arbor Chronicle. This time around it’s on math and Jews and *The Holidays* and microagression and Thoth and Ganeesh and Hobby Lobby and so on. Somewhere in the later half I say something like this: The Ann Arbor Chronicle | In It For … Continue reading “On Micro-agression and Macro-depression and Xmas/Xanukah (with bonus tracks!!!)”

Xappy Xanukah! ♪♫♪♬

I’m a Jew—born and raised—but I come from a “mixed” family (they say “interfaith” now).  My dad is a Jew, but my mom was raised Christian.  Both my maternal grandparents—with whom I spent a lot of time growing up—were practicing Christians. Far from shockingly, my own marriage is mixed (my wife was raised Catholic, our kids are Jews … Continue reading “Xappy Xanukah! ♪♫♪♬”

Five Writing Exercises for @ben_brainerd (and Anyone Else Looking for a Prompt) #writing

If anyone’s got any ideas for additional challenges, let me know. — Ben Brainerd (@ben_brainerd) May 24, 2018 Hey Ben (and the rest of the world), Sorry this took so long to put together.  Life happened.  Here goes: “There is a corpse in the barn!!!”  X finds a corpse in the barn. S/he needs to … Continue reading “Five Writing Exercises for @ben_brainerd (and Anyone Else Looking for a Prompt) #writing”

We Have Entered the Zone of Maximum Mayhem

Listen: There is going to be a major attack on U.S. soil between now and, I dunno, probably the end of January 2018.  (I personally think it’ll be earlier—possibly by mid-October—but depending on who is attacking, I think they might wait as late as Xmas/New Year’s in order to maximize mayhem). I’ve been saying this … Continue reading “We Have Entered the Zone of Maximum Mayhem”

Happy Non-Denominational Gift Giving Holiday Season, Mofos!

(NOTE: If you’re feeling deja vu, don’t sweat it; I post this every year, because I love you) I’m a mixed Jew who’s lived in the American Midwest for his entire life. I think these songs, more than anything else I’ve ever written, are honest about that experience. Another Dark Xmastime (FUN FACT: I wrote … Continue reading “Happy Non-Denominational Gift Giving Holiday Season, Mofos!”

Rule the Season: Make Fancy Booze to Give to Your Friends!

Once again it’s that very special time of year when I remind you that it’s hella easy to make your own booze, appropriate for gift-giving or general drunkification. (That link goes to my time-tested E-Z DIY Limoncello recipe; make it now, give it during Xmas/Xanukah week, get super-popular in the Dark Days of the Unconquered Son/Sun)

It’s that Time of Year Again: *Happy Xmanukah!!!*

(NOTE: If you’re feeling deja vu, don’t sweat it; I post this every year, because I love you) I’m a mixed Jew who’s lived in the American Midwest for his entire life. I think these songs, more than anything else I’ve ever written, are honest about that experience. Another Dark Xmastime (FUN FACT: I wrote … Continue reading “It’s that Time of Year Again: *Happy Xmanukah!!!*”