Apologies, Gentle Readers. I’m a bit under the weather today, and lack the energy for my usual ranting and raving. However, the comments to this piece have cheered me greatly. If you haven’t read them, I recommend that you do so. After that, perhaps you might revisit this Baseline Essay, which is very much …
Category: day off
Dec 03 2023
Oct 12 2023
Finishing a novel is a serious event for me. It drains me, leaving me essentially empty of words no matter what other things there may be to write about. So I hope you’ll allow me another day off to recover. The agony of awaiting my beta-readers’ opinions is severe enough. To quote the …
Oct 09 2023
First, Happy Columbus Day (observed), everyone. The Genoese explorer who opened North America to Europe was a better man by far than his contemporary detractors. There’s a charming story about Ferdinand and Isabella’s debate over whether to invest him with the title of admiral, in Edward Lasker’s book The Adventure of Chess. If you …
Sep 05 2023
I have a great many things to attend to this fine day, so it’s unlikely there’ll be anything from me until tomorrow. However, before I depart I must commend to you this tirade from Kurt Schlichter. Kurt foresees a great turning of the worm, in which he might be correct. He feels duty-bound to …
Aug 06 2023
Good morning, Gentle Reader. I did have a topic in mind for today, but I’m afraid I’m in no condition, emotionally, to write calmly and dispassionately. I’ve been struggling with a completely unsatisfactory purchase and shipment from Midland Radio and must spend at least a few hours emitting live steam over it. So while …
Jul 01 2023
I’ve been neglecting my fiction duties lately, so I’ve decided to put today to that use rather than blathering interminably about stuff that’s beyond my control anyway. To my American readers: Enjoy your pre-Independence Day weekend. To my Canadian readers: Happy Canada Day! To all others: Be well, keep the faith, and soldier on. …
Jun 13 2023
Once again I must drive the C.S.O. a long distance for a surgical procedure, so I haven’t the time for a big essay today. However, I do have a quick thought to leave with you: Lawyer and author Harvey Silverglate posits in Three Felonies A Day that the complexity and obscurity of law today …
Jun 09 2023
Forgive me, Gentle Reader. I’m utterly exhausted. I need some time away from this monstrosity. Anyway, this morning there’s only one story that really matters, and there are plenty of able commentators to address it. So be well, and check back tomorrow.
Apr 24 2023
As I’ve been neglecting my fiction, please allow me a day off from ranting at Liberty’s Torch. Rather than pontificate here, I must service my characters, at least sufficiently to quell any potential mutiny. (Some of them have been threatening to form a union.) So I’ll wish all our Gentle Readers a good day …
Mar 21 2023
Yes, today will be yet another day of long-distance driving, sitting in a surgical waiting room, and generally agonizing over the well-being of the C.S.O. So there’ll be nothing from me this morning. Perhaps later. Have a nice day, Gentle Reader.
Mar 16 2023
Today will be another day of long drives, hospitals, surgery, and so forth, so there will likely be nothing from me until late today, if at all. Enjoy your day, Gentle Reader, and perhaps if the Spirit moves you, say a prayer for my wife. Till whenever.
Feb 14 2023
Yessir, that’s right: The C.S.O. and I must once again mount our steeds and journey far, into lands of myth and mystery, for an appointment with one of her surgeons. At least this time there won’t be any actual surgery, though. But it means nothing much from me for the rest of the day. …
Feb 06 2023
The C.S.O. is “having a procedure,” as they say, so I’ll be away from the keyboard for a while, and probably too pooped to post for the remainder of the day. Have a good one.
Dec 17 2022
I’m worn out. Back tomorrow, I hope. Enjoy your Saturday.
Nov 22 2022
Today is being used for fiction. Back tomorrow.
Nov 09 2022
I’m too disheartened to write today. Back tomorrow, I hope.
Oct 24 2022
I’m coming off a rather rugged weekend, and other obligations are demanding my attention, so I’ll be taking today off from the site. Back tomorrow, I hope.
Oct 01 2022
There’s a lot going on here, and not enough of me to keep up with all of it and produce an essay. See you tomorrow.
Sep 21 2022
I have a long list of chores to discharge, and I was planning to compile an “assorted” column anyway, so here are the links. If you’re a Gentle Reader of long standing, you hardly need me to comment on these things. They more or less comment on themselves: Bombshell Revelations from the “Special Master” …
Jul 19 2022
Exhausted. Must rest. Back tomorrow, with luck. Have a nice day.