Here are some of my pieces from National Lampoon and my blog, Writing in Coffee Houses.
In October 2009, my darling daughter Molly was born. At 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 21 inches, Rita and I thought she was a petite, perfect bundle of joy. But as the weeks and months wore on, we watched helplessly as Molly ballooned from a sleek 8 pounds to nine and then ten--an added 25% of her bodyweight!--and our adoration turned to consternation. Molly was not only packing on the pounds, she was flabbing up in those hard to exercise places: the hips, buttocks, thighs and umbilical stub. Why was our little angel morphing into a flabby porker right before our postpartum eyes?! (Read more...)
TEN MORALLY TABOO BEHAVIORS THAT DESERVE A SECOND LOOK
HYPOTHESIS: Bad, sinful, socially unacceptable behavior is vastly underrated.
ARGUMENT: The problem with taboo behaviors is that the pejorative label “sin” often stops wimpy goody two-shoes like me from trying them. And when enough people start avoiding taboo acts, it tends to give them a bad name. But as the years pass, an enlightened man (i.e., me) has to take a hard look at his preconceived moral values and subject them to the rigorous analysis of “am I missing out on a good thing, here?” (Read more...)
GLIMPSES AT STOPLIGHTS
This morning I pulled up to a stoplight and spotted a woman in the car next to mine. She was clearly on her way to work. Hair pulled neatly back. A crisp white blouse. Just another gal driving to work on a gray, rainy Monday. But she looked beautiful. (Read more...)