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MEXICO TRAVEL: PUERTO VALLARTA PERFECTION, pt1

    Where the heck is Puerto Vallarta? Find a good map book.   Look about two thousand miles south of Portland and you’re close.   West coast of Mexico below the Gulf of California.

FIVE DIAMOND PRESIDENT, OR HOW TO UNDERSTAND HIGH END HABITS

    For any questions about President Trump, his behavior in office, and general lifestyle, there’s a simple answer:   He’s a Five Diamond President. If that’s not good enough, he’s also a Six Star Diamond man.   What you see in President Trump is the result of decades of pampered living.   Nothing wrong […]

SHOW UP LATE? APOLOGIZE AND PROMISE TO JUMP

      I’m sorry I’m late.  

CANCER TREATMENT: 5 THINGS I KNEW BEFORE STARTING

    I will submit to the cancer treatment sequence of events that may or may not do what is predicted. Like a lamb to slaughter, I would submit to whatever it took to kill the shit out of hpv16 throat cancer.   In the writing world we all dream of that one ‘YES’ that […]

SELF MYTHOLOGY: DEATH, DYING, PAT CONROY’S DAD

  What are the best stories told but the ones we tell about ourselves. From Greek gods to Steinbeck sharecroppers we can be whoever we like when we tell our own stories.   Of course the best self mythology comes from the biggest liars and you can’t believe a word they say, still we need […]

AMERICAN EDUCATION STARTS WITH THE FIRST WORD

  American education teaches and American education does some learning too, as in we learn how to teach.   Isn’t that the happy ending education promises? Learn how to treat others as you would have them treat you.   Why does that sound so biblical?   This is where the separation does neither American public […]

CHICKEN DINNER: WHEN CHICKENS TALK

    Too often we let days go by without notice. One chicken dinner blends into the next.   June barbecued chicken turns into November roasters and it feels like a long weekend. It’s a sign we’re losing touch. At least that’s what we hear if we mention time passing at breakneck speed.   If […]

literary swag? BOOK PICTURES WORTH ONE THOUSAND WORDS? #literaryswag

    Selfies with a book? Had me at selfie.   Then book. Literary swag? Not so much, but it sounds like it could be big, like the cover of the New Yorker showing a reader with a book lit by their smart phone.   Nerd cartoon perfection. But what do readers really need?   […]

COMFORT ZONE AND BIG SNAKES? GET. OUT.

      If you’ve ever seen a snake wrangler in their comfort zone, they probably don’t look like this. There I was in a lovely Santa Monica apartment with nice people in Los Angeles.   They seemed like nice people, then I saw the snake in a cage.   “Do you like snakes?” someone […]

HOW TO EXPLAIN BOOMERPDX: PICTURE OF PIE, AND PIE

  If someone asks what you’ve been reading lately, explain Boomerpdx like this:   You’ve been reading a single author blog with over a thousand posts. Eight categories organize the posts. Why eight? In honor of Troy Aikman and Marcus Mariotta, of course. Boomer Up, all twenty four pages, includes either boomers stepping up, or […]