Golden Retriever for President

So, its becoming obvious Bush is running for President. Jeb, not George. Clinton, too. Hillary, not Bill. They may be joined by an assortment of others: Rand Paul (with that hair?), Mitt Romney (not again), Martin O’Malley (he buried Maryland in debt – might as well swing for the fences), just to name a few. What has become clear to me, however, is that a Golden Retriever needs to be elected President. Why you ask? Its simple:

– A President can’t do too much harm when napping
– Think of the money we will save on State dinners
– The annual White House Easter egg hunt becomes “must see TV”
– The State of the Union address will be particularly uplifting
– An administration focused on food and affection, two commodities in short supply

Card Game Soundtrack – “A” Side

Narrated by a burnt-out divorce attorney, CARD GAME is a story about life and loss among a group of now 50-year-old guys who have been playing poker together since they were about 16. Alternating back and forth between the 1970’s – when the card game boys first gather in a suburban Maryland basement – and today, at their friend’s funeral, to remember all they have faced together and, sadly, all they have not.

Not surprisingly, the music of the Seventies beats beneath the surface of the story. If there were a soundtrack to Card Game, and I can only hope that one day maybe there will be, these tracks would find their way on the “A” side:
• “I Don’t Want to Go Home”, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
• “Night Fever”, the Bee Gees
• “I Wanna Be Sedated”, the Ramones
• “Its Over”, Boz Scaggs
• “Meeting Across the River”, Bruce Springsteen
• “Blackwater”, the Doobie Brothers
• “On the Dark Side”, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band



Fatherhood – A Tough One

Fatherhood – A Tough One.. Being a Dad is no walk in the park. Often it seems, no good deed goes unpunished, as they say. After stumbling through 26 years of parenting and striving to overcome my fair share of ineptitude, I think I have come upon one key to successful “pop-hood”: STAY. Stay connected, stay interested, stay involved. No matter how old they are, how much they say they don’t need you, how little they seem to care – ignore all that and just – STAY.

While we are on the topic, here are a few TV Dad’s that could use some help themselves:
1. Ned Stark, Game of Thrones – Proud, solid, decent. A family man. Got his head chopped off.
2. Walter White, Breaking Bad – Steals. Kills. He does cook, so there’s that.
3. Frank Gallagher, Shameless – “I would be crying too. If I wasn’t so high.”


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54? ‘It Don’t Matter!’

To be honest, I don’t think too much about getting older. Even today, at 54, I don’t give it a ton of thought. Someone shot me a note this morning wishing me happy birthday and including this gem of wisdom from the great baseball pitcher, Satchel Paige: “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter”.

With a woman that has inexplicably stuck to and by me for the last 28 years, four girls who I have been fortunate to raise and love, brimming optimism that my first novel will catch a wave, and much more – my first 54 have not been too shabby.

With that kind of luck, Satchel is right – what’s to mind?

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