Holding Forth

Part of the Problem with Gun Control

Published on January 11th, 2017 | by Richard Black

I’m tired. I’m tired of people getting shot up in public places. I’m tired of mass shootings. I’m tired that more innocent lives will be taken while both sides bicker and posture. I’m tired of these ... Read More


Goin’ to the Doctor

Published on January 6th, 2017 | by Richard Black

After two days of hacking and coughing and more than a little whining my wife Laura finally managed to prod me into seeing a doctor. Like most men my age I don’t enjoy going to the ... Read More

Friends and Family

The End of a Bromance

Published on December 30th, 2016 | by Richard Black

2016 has been…well let’s face it something of a motherfucker. We’ve lost a lot this year. Prince, Bowie, Carrie Fisher, George Michael and this dude who used to sell me weed for twenty years. It’s been ... Read More

Unfit Father

Ten Similarities Between Christmas and Sex

Published on December 16th, 2016 | by Richard Black

Christmas, much like an unwanted drunk in a bar at last call, is upon us. If I were more politically correct I’d insert the word “Holidays” in lieu of “Christmas” but I’m not. I celebrate Christmas ... Read More

Family Moments

The Opposite of Being Self Aware

Published on December 1st, 2016 | by Richard Black

I recently read or heard something about the benefits of “being mindful” and I really couldn’t think of anything more detrimental to my emotional wellbeing. Over the past forty years or so I’ve found that being ... Read More

Holding Forth

Being Thankful: A Retrospective

Published on November 25th, 2016 | by Richard Black

It’s pushing midnight and I thought I should write a little something about Thanksgiving. I suppose that if I had a bit more forethought I would have written a piece a few days ago but, if ... Read More


My Hopes for Today and the Next Four Years

Published on November 8th, 2016 | by Richard Black

I think it’s important to remember that no matter what occurs this Tuesday most of us have already lost. I can’t think of any two candidates in recent memory who embody the frustration or the disillusionment ... Read More

Unfit Father

Handing Out Disappointment for Halloween

Published on October 31st, 2016 | by Richard Black

I always try to do something a little special for the kids on Halloween and this year I’m focusing on disappointment. Instead of lollipops or chocolate or other sugary delights I’m thinking about handing out poems, ... Read More

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