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

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. The time I gave the ... Read More

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