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

Unfit Father


The Ostensible Parent

Published on October 19th, 2016 | by Richard Black

It recently occurred to me that Darcy will be attending first grade which might sound a bit strange because school started about two months ago. A brighter man or a least one more acquainted with the ... Read More



A Tradition of Food Poisoning

Published on October 6th, 2016 | by Richard Black

I was going through my biannual dose of food poisoning this past Monday when I had a chance to reflect upon some of the poorer decisions I’ve made in my life. My doomed run for President ... Read More

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