Monthly Archives: November 2012

Blame / Psychological Projection: Or…“Excuse me, does your opinion make my butt look big?”

The other night I watched a woman trip over her own two feet, then turn to what I assume was her beleaguered boyfriend (know that I only questioned the boyfriend part) and loudly blamed him for her misstep.  J’accuse!  He weakly smiled and said, “Oh, I’m sorry.”  Poor Sir Schmoe, you do know it wasn’t your fault?  I’m sure he thinks it was noble of him to take the blame, but I wanted to sidle up and tell him it […]

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(Not-So) Black Friday

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and, despite seeing trees and snowmen at the local department stores back in mid-October, this is the big hoop-de-doo considered by most Americans to be the official kick-off to the Holiday Season.  The day following Thanksgiving, is a rather new holiday of sorts… the biggest shopping day of the year, one dubbed by Madison Avenue as “Black Friday.”  Growing up, I did not realize that the phrase was an accounting term, meaning business owners hoped to turn […]

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Nice Guys Finish Last

When I was a kid, “Nice Guys Finish Last” was something my Grandpa Andy used to say all the time about wimpy personalities who got stepped on by mean old ogres climbing the ladder to success.  I figured he was just being grumpy and bitter or perhaps did not understand people very well.  I just knew Grandpa was wrong, being a silly old lovable coot, and that you could be a Nice Guy/Gal and have it all. Oh, the finely […]

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Fallon Hotel: Chapter One

Maneuvering the winding roads of Highway 49 was challenging, even more so considering how tired Jeri was, but the beautiful silence propelled her forward.  Her son’s autism didn’t often offer many quiet moments, but the hundreds of miles they’d traveled so far in the car caused Andy to sleep, and with sleep came glorious peace.  It was in those moments, that Jeri could look at her son and really feel how deep her love was for him.  It was also […]

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Book Giveaway! FREE – tonight: “Fallon Hotel”

Hello! — Tonight I will give away the first chapter of my book, “Fallon Hotel” and will add a chapter each month, for the next 13 months. Here’s a brief synopsis: A young autistic boy and his mother come to stay at the Fallon Hotel in HistoricColumbiaState Park, looking to establish a new life in the foothills of the Gold Mining district of California.  Andy, the little boy, is severely autistic and “comes to life” only in the presence of […]

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