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Saying the right thing

Posted by Howard Denson on June 9, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)


By HOWARD DENSON

ONE OF MOTHER’S FRIENDS has dropped by for a visit, and a child goes up to her and asks, “Is it true, like Mama tells Daddy, that you’ve slept with every man in town?”

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It takes time for a child to learn that there are certain things that you just don’t say.

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When that chil...

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How to win friends and converts

Posted by Howard Denson on June 6, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON


FEAR NOT. I WILL NOT come by your dwelling on a “visitation night” and exhort you to accept my faith or political position. I won’t for a couple of reasons.

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First, I respect your privacy and, in turn, expect you to keep your yap shut and not harangue me about things political and metaphysical.

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Secon...

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Erase the Civil War?

Posted by Howard Denson on May 17, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

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FOR THE RECORD, I grew up fascinated by the Civil War and identified completely with the valiant soldiers of the Confederacy, and, when I read about their exploits, I admired the bravery of the Union soldiers, too.

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There were many things about the Civil War that I did not know.

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First, I bought into the rhetoric that the ...

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Ruminations of a Florida cowboy philosopher

Posted by Howard Denson on April 3, 2017 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)


By HOWARD DENSON

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The boss has told us that we can’t argue politics in the bunkhouse any more. The latest fracas began when One-Eye Indiana said that supporters of our current president are prone to violence, whereupon Crazy Lipschitz of Waco beat the crap out him with a branding iron.

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So I can’t pitch my ideas out any more and have to punch them int...

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Behold the Dinosaur: the Electoral College

Posted by Howard Denson on November 13, 2016 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

 

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s a time-honored adage that discourages meddling and monkeying with things unnecessarily. It heads off the management types who crow that change is good, any change is good. Often it’s not.

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On the other hand, there’s a corollary: “If it’...

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Be Afraid, America, Very afraid

Posted by Howard Denson on November 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

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I have been on the losing sides of presidential elections many times in the past, but this time I am experiencing a new sensation: a definite fear for my country.

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When I was seven in Vidalia, Georgia, I rooted for the Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey against the incumbent, President Harry Truman. In truth, I didn’t know much about Dewey, bu...

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The Cowboy Way

Posted by Howard Denson on October 25, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)


 

By HOWARD DENSON

 

She Who Knows All was disgusted about one of the political creatures and demanded that I write what men are really like. Despite her confidence in my ability to say something worthwhile, the world is not beating a path to my door to discover my insights into men and women and boys and girls.

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One of my sh...

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Looking to Future Presidential Elections?

Posted by Howard Denson on October 14, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)


 

By HOWARD DENSON

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The 2015-16 election cycle has been one of the silliest in modern history. It may be that, with Facebook, Twitter, and similar tools, we will have a new norm: all outrageous illogic, shouting matches of lie against lie, etc. If so, that does not mean we will have a better country. What we have at present is a sick nation. Those with negative intentions immerse us in ...

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The Worst Day of Peeper's Life

Posted by Howard Denson on October 11, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

 

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Earlier I wrote about making friends with a feral kitten, whom I called Peepers.

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Finally, a day came when I set the food dish down for Peepers but began leaving it on the porch, all the while making sure that Eddie the Old Predator didn’t discover the intruder and attack. After a couple of feedings, Peepers accepted...

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Fond memories of Amos and Andy

Posted by Howard Denson on October 5, 2016 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

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She Who Knows All and I once rotated in hosting film parties back in the days when guests brought copies of 16mm reels of, say, Frankenstein, Dracula, and whatever cartoon might be available from the library or friends’ collections.

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The cartoons were usually from Warner Bros.’ Golden Age (of Chuck Jones, Bo...

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