September 28th, 2014

Five Reasons to Retire

I’ve been retired for a year and a half now and I have learned five reasons to retire.

1. You need more excitement.

When you are working, when there is an emergency, you call someone to fix it. When you are retired, you try to fix it yourself. Need I say more?

2. You need […]

September 20th, 2014


I was yelled at in the fourth grade for spending too much time at the back of the room reading the copy of Webster’s 2nd Edition that was strapped to a bookstand in a corner.

I use a lot of dictionaries. On my laptop, I use the OED and Merriam-Webster Unabridged online editions, which I […]

September 13th, 2014

Anatomy of Melancholy

I’ve been taking medication for bipolar disorder for over thirty years. In my case, medication has been useful. It has made it possible for me to pursue a moderately successful career and a life without too much destructive drama. Psychiatrists have prescribed for me nearly every anti-depressant and anti-manic drug available. Some have been more […]