When I was in college, I ran into a bunch of guys who fancied themselves as Communists with a capital “C.” They carried copies of Mao’s famous “Little Red Book” and had […]
Retorts: Cheesy thinking about St. Marc
Restaurants in the crowded eatery market of downtown Huntington Beach put out a lot of effort to attract and keep customers. Have an unpleasant experience and there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of […]
Retorts: What’s behind the flag flap?
What’s the old saying? Don’t criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his Skechers? The little bit of wisdom applies this week as the Garden Grove City Council approved on […]
Retorts: These women won’t be silenced
Elizabeth Warren and Janet Nguyen probably don’t have much in common politically, but they share this: they were both told to shut up by people in power and that backfired in their […]
Retorts: How to sound sick and dope
Are you out of touch, speech-wise? Do you make clever remarks that you think are hip, only to have your children and grandchildren roll their eyes in a combination of pity and […]
The three sides of immigration quandary
People – especially men – like to draw lines and create borders separating my side from your side and friends from enemies. Who belongs here and who doesn’t is at the heart […]
Riley’s Bar, Jason Field and memories
Back in 1971, the TV show “Rod Sterling’s Night Gallery” aired a particularly moving episode devoid of monsters, aliens and madmen. “They’re Tearing Down Riley’s Bar” was the story of a man […]
Retorts: Is this what’s meant by vetting?
I’m a word guy. Using the right word is the key to most successful forms of communication. Telling a woman she is “so beautiful” will work a lot better than “hey, you […]
Retorts: Playing the name game to win
What’s in a name? Plenty. Some of us love our names; some of us rather squirm when we hear them. Some are so hard to accept that we gladly embrace whatever nickname […]
Retorts: Do women march together?
There’s a song in the musical “City of Angels” entitled “What You Don’t Know About Women.” I think that could be one of my theme songs, being, as I am, one of […]