The Blarg!

April 29, 2015

Tell you a funny story.


This old man has two daughters, see?  One is beautiful, demure, obedient and everybody wants to marry her, while the other is loud, opinionated, strong-willed—your basic nightmare.  So the old man sets up an arranged marriage for the “shrew” dau...

April 15, 2015


The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Sultan

Paul Porfirov, late 1800s

In the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum


This is my second-favorite piece of art of all time.  


Even before I learned the story behind it, I loved it, and in the five years since moving...

January 19, 2015

They say a magician NEVER reveals the secret.


Magicians love secrets, especially knowing them.  We love thinking we're smarter than everyone else in the room.  We giggle to ourselves about it, in fact.  We love to smirk when people say, "How did you DO that?"  We...

December 15, 2014

When I show my writings, my drawings, or even my magic to people they will (I hope) admire it, and then they'll often say something like:


"Gee, I wish I was creative."


The assumption they make is that creativity is a binary state, a condition that either exist...

October 27, 2014



It may seem counter-intuitive.  You join a karate dojo to learn fighting techniques, and you get married (presumably) because you love someone.  Kung Fu practitioners kick boards and their mouths don’t match their dialogue, while married couples have babies and...

October 24, 2014

I never thought I'd start a blarg.  Now that I have, you deserve to know who you're dealing with.  This is me in cartoon form.

Why "The Blarg"?  Because I'm not sure what's going to land on this page, and "blog" denotes some measure of confidence and planning.  It'...

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