I’ve got some things going on backstage that are taking my attention away from the keyboard for the next few days, so things will be a little quiet here for the remainder of the week.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Along with making new friends and learning from some really good writers, I also picked up a bit of a cold at this year’s Inge Festival.
I’m not going to risk infecting anyone today other than my pillow.
Monday, May 14, 2018
I say this just about every time I get back from Inge: I love going and doing all the fun and creative things we do there, but there’s nothing like getting back to your own bed.
I’ve got a lot of things to catch up on, including news and work and laundry, so this will be a short blogging day.
Thanks, Bob, for picking me up last night.
Monday, April 16, 2018
According to the log, this is the 27,592nd post written here at Bark Bark Woof Woof since that quiet Saturday afternoon of November 8, 2003. The number may be a little skewed since a bunch of posts were duplicated when we moved from Blogger to WordPress a few years ago, but even so, it’s over 25,000 posts, almost all of them written by me. With the exception of time lost during three hurricanes and the occasional power outage, I’ve posted every day since I started.
Like everything, this blog has evolved over the last fourteen-plus years. I’ve grown in my thinking, gained great insight thanks to reading a lot of other blogs, and learned so much that it’s hard to remember all that we have been through. I started with a year left in George W. Bush’s first term, confident that he and his minions of warmongering scallywags would be voted out of office in a landslide by Howard Dean and peace and prosperity would be restored. Then I pinned my hopes on Barack Obama and stood with the liberals as we achieved long-awaited dreams such as healthcare reform and — still can’t believe it — same-sex marriage. And now it’s all threatened, both in body and spirit, by a criminal vulgarian who is a mockery of every value we stand for. I’ve stood strong for resistance with a healthy dose of Marxism — as in Groucho — to empower it.
But this blog hasn’t always been about politics, and I’ve shared personal moments of success in my writing, my work, moving to new homes, blooming orchids, cool cars, annoying peacocks, and trips to the Keys, Kansas, and Stratford, Ontario. I’ve also entertained, energized, reminisced, and educated with daily doses of music, and on occasion a good film clip. (What can I say, I’m an eclectic guy. Or scatterbrained, if you prefer.) I’ve also shared moments of loss and reflection, trying not to be too self-indulgent. My rule has been, “If I didn’t know me, would I want to read this?” Most of the time I’ve said yes. You may disagree.
But I’ve gotten into a routine that I’m not happy with and it’s showing around the edges and creeping into my work. Rather than forge on and trying to run on fumes, I’m going to be making some changes over the next couple of weeks. Replace quantity with quality, drop — or cut back on — some things that have outlived their usefulness, and look to delving more into areas that are more in the way of artistic exploration and insight rather than just cut-and-paste comments from another source with a clever headline and a snark button at the end.
As I said, this will be gradual. The next few weeks will be foreshortened anyway; next Sunday, April 22, I head out for a week to visit my parents and then deliver a paper at the Missouri Self-Taught conference at the University of Missouri. Two weeks after that I’ll be hosting the scholars conference at the William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas, marking my 26th trip to that event. So my blogging from then until the middle of May was going to be light and variable and this seemed like a good time to take a deep breath and exhale. So that’s what’s going to be happening.
Okay, I know I could have written all of this in one sentence: “I’m changing the way things work here.” But I thought I owed you at least a little background.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Spring break is over and so here I go, back to the regular schedule. Miss me?
Monday, March 26, 2018
In case you haven’t figured it out from the few hints I’ve been dropping the last few days, I, along with the rest of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, am on spring break until Monday, April 2.
I have a lot of things to do, including some home improvement and writing, so blogging will be on vacation schedule. Posting will be light and variable.
Friday, March 16, 2018
I found out last night that some work scheduled to be done on the house in ten days has been moved up to today. So I’m off work and sleeping in.
Friday, February 23, 2018
It’s time for the 12th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance weekend, so I’m heading out with friends and family to infiltrate among the rich and famous.
Things will be a little quiet on this end, though.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
I attended a rehearsal of “All Together Now” about an hour’s drive from here and got home way past my bedtime, so I’m draggin’. Things will be a little slow to get going here.
It’s going to be a great show.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Our late and much missed comrade in blogging, journalist and writer Al Weisel, revered and admired across the bandwidth as the “reasonable conservative” blogger Modest Jon Swift, was a champion of the lesser known and little known bloggers working tirelessly in the shadows…
One of his projects was a year-end Blogger Round Up. Al/Jon asked bloggers far and wide, famous and in- and not at all, to submit a link to their favorite post of the past twelve months and then he sorted, compiled, blurbed, hyperlinked and posted them on his popular blog. His round-ups presented readers with a huge banquet table of links to work many of has had missed the first time around and brought those bloggers traffic and, more important, new readers they wouldn’t have otherwise enjoyed.
My submission was my rant on David Brooks’s blithe dismissal of a gay couple’s civil rights because “it’s just a cake.”
There’s a lot of good writing included in the roundup, so I suggest that you take your time and look through them.
A big hat-tip to Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar for doing the work to bring it all together.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
It’s that time of year again. School goes into winter break this Friday until January 8, and for me I’ll be taking the time to do a lot of writing and catching up on sleep. I’ll probably take a day trip down to the Keys, and of course there’s the holiday celebrations with friends.
That means that starting today blogging here will be light and variable. I’ll be checking in daily and posting my usual holiday remembrances and my annual review and forecast, and of course there will be A Little Night Music.
So have yourself a merry little whatever you do, and enjoy the time off if you get it.
Monday, December 4, 2017
We had the first reading of “All Together Now” with the full cast tonight. It was great; they are a strong group and I’m really impressed with their instincts and how they treated my words and took hold of the characters. Kudos all around; I can’t wait to see how it grows.
That said, the reading was 50 miles from here in South Florida traffic and it started about the time I normally go to sleep. Blogging will be scant until at least lunchtime because I’m not going to try to be cogent with three hours of sleep… like I ever am.
Anyway, see you later.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
I’m on break for the rest of the week, so blogging will be light and variable, but I’ll be around, so stop by every so often for some morsels and side dishes.
If you’re going over the river and through the woods, have a safe trip and maintain patience with the crowds and the weather.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Today marks the fourteenth anniversary of Bark Bark Woof Woof.
It seems like a lifetime ago, and in blogging, fourteen years is a pretty long time. But so far I haven’t gotten tired of doing this, and so far the world has not yet given up providing me with things to write about.
I will say that while I know I don’t get as many hits in a year as some blogs get in a week, I like to think that while my readership may be small, I attract intelligent and discriminating readers who also appreciate a good joke, a bad pun, and occasional pictures of orchids and old cars.
This blog would still be under the thrall of Blogger without the help of my crack tech support, counselor, and inspiration to greatness, CLWill. Thank you.
Thanks for being here, thanks for reading, and thanks for sharing your thoughts and giving back as good as I give.
Friday, October 6, 2017
My co-workers politely suggested that until the last vestiges of the cold I had last week and earlier this week are completely gone, I stay away. So even though I feel fine and my chest congestion is clearing up, I’m taking their advice.
So I’ll be catching up on some missed sleep and crosswords. I’ll post when the sun comes up.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Not weatherwise, at least not here in South Florida, but in my head. Taking Claritin-D, aspirin, and enough water to float my kidneys. The kicker is that I am going to Kansas City this weekend for a playwrights’ conference and would rather not be sick.
So I’m going back to bed. See you later.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Phone and internet came back at 7:25 p.m. EDT. I had 148 e-mail messages and 15 phone messages stored up (most of them junk on both accounts).
What passes for normal blogging will resume tomorrow morning.
AT&T keeps coming up with new ways to avoid telling me when I’ll get phone and internet back. Yesterday in an on-line chat, “Ashley” asked for a contact number so they could text me when service is restored. I gave her my cell phone number noting that “It’s a Verizon number. They never went down during the storm. Ironic, huh?” She was not amused.
One the good news front, Bob and The Old Professor finally got power yesterday, ten days after the lights went out. They still don’t have cable TV, but they have the internet and clean clothes.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Still no AT&T service at the house nine days after it went out in the storm. Compare that with Florida Power & Light, which got power back to my neighborhood in three days, and Comcast, which did it in five. (FPL is still out in certain neighborhoods around the area, including Bob’s, so they’re not out of the woods, so to speak.) So I’m still on a limited blogging schedule.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Schools are reopening here in Miami-Dade County. The roads are cleared and only one of the 350+ facilities is without power — an elementary school — so the students are being sent to a high school until power is restored.
And now we have another hurricane in the Atlantic.
I am still without internet at home so the abbreviated schedule here will continue. Thanks for your patience. I miss you, too.