The reluctant president

The reluctant president

“Mr. President, you’re already twelve minutes late for your meeting with the Tunisian ambassador.” Alexander Grove signed deeply, and put away his crossword puzzle, wondering again why he’d agreed to run for office, or why anyone in their right mind had voted for him. He’d been a compromise choice, his nomination a desperate maneuver at … Continue reading

Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

Once while strolling along the beach on the less-populated side of San Mateo County – the side that looks over cold, gray water that is the only thing between us and China – I received a text message from Scotland. It came in a sparkling glass bottle, and was written on lined note paper. The … Continue reading

Molecules in a hurry

Molecules in a hurry

If molecules were people, they’d all be in therapy, or receiving pills for hyperactivity. No less an authority than a factoid on a Snapple bottle cap asserts that “at room temperature, the average air molecule travels at the speed of a rifle bullet.” Physicists say we are being bombarded constantly by who knows how many bits … Continue reading

Gunslingers

Gunslingers

Marketing consultant and part-time poet Sellers Biggs loves his guns, as well he should. He and a multitude of other Americans see their weapons as a bulwark against tyranny and aggressive bad guys. They get a sense of security holding a semiautomatic pistol or a shotgun as they check out that strange noise in the … Continue reading

Early birds

Early birds

It’s pouring rain and 7:30 on a Saturday morning, and a flock of birds out back is hard at work hunting worms. No weekends off for robins and quail, and why isn’t it robin and quails? Is there no fairness in this world, that fragile beauties such as these must toil in the cold and … Continue reading

Oblivious, and happy

Oblivious, and happy

Fred and Doris Lawson have been told by their grandchildren that they “need to get out in the world more.” “There’s so much going on. I’ll bet you don’t even know who ‘Ice Cube’ is,” said 13-year-old Madison as she checked her text messages. The Lawsons  talked about this with their neighbor Philomena, who’s always doing … Continue reading