FIRST MOTHER’S DAY WITHOUT MOM

My mom died last week, just 10 days before Mother's Day. This is my first Mother's Day as an orphan. I am in my 60's, but that's the way it feels. You are never ready to lose your mom. In her last few years, Mom suffered from Alzheimer's. She did not always recognize her children.…

A TEMPLE TO ALEX TREBEK

Lately I have been intrigued by media reports of people who believe they have seen signs of divinity in everyday objects. Among the sightings were the face of Jesus on a tortilla shell, deceased rock star Jim Morrison in a cloud formation, country singer Willie Nelson in a plate of spaghetti, the Virgin Mary on…

CAN I INTEREST YOU IN SOME MAGIC PRETZEL DUST?

I saw an ad for a snack company advertising its "great" new snack idea: pretzel pieces. Yes, a bag of broken pretzels, such as they used to throw away.  By clever marketing and manipulation of the psyches of suckers (oops, I mean consumers), a manufacturer's former waste product is being promoted as an exciting new…

THE DANGERS OF ARTIFICIAL ENHANCEMENT

My friend Marie has always yearned for a more voluptuous figure. She has tried every gimmick on the market in her attempt to display a more impressive profile. Her undergarments are marvels of ingenuity and monuments to the art of optical illusion. He latest purchase is a bra padded with, according to the tag, paraffin…