Politically Correct: conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated That is the definition of politically correct, per Merriam-Webster. Its first known use was in 1934 where it was featured … Read More

July 4th Thunder

  Keep coming you rolling thunder clouds. Come pummel the airwaves with your own tune. Let loose and bring your torrent upon these shelters. Let a single step outside sear my bare foot with your fury soaked curtains of rain. Let the rounded drops battle … Read More

Paul’s Peak Trail

  The Devil’s greatest trick was telling the world that Paul’s Peak Trail led to a peak. For the purposes of this vacation catalogue, my fellow adventurers were Brokeback Buck and Clyde. Your’s truly is Bo, Bo Jangles. After a travel fiasco that will be … Read More

Not too Far from Here

  Not too far from here and not too long ago she sent him off with one last novel feeling, a parting gift adding to the collection of unique experiences she imprinted on him. He found her suddenly troubled. The trouble was not in paradise … Read More

Two ante meridiem

  Don’t you hate it when you wake up in the middle of the night and you feel like a demented koala bear is latched onto and attacking your left arm and while you somehow remain half asleep you start flailing and sprinting around your … Read More

Better: Book Review

  I recently finished reading Atul Gawande’s book Better. As a general rule I try not to get too wrapped up in writers and their backgrounds so the lens through which I read is not too clouded. The best ideas should be able to stand … Read More

For the Cardiologist’s Heart

Kind of late for Valentine’s day, but oh well. A nod to “make it stick” classroom activities. This one’s dedicated to all the female cardiologists out there. Which is actually strikingly rare, with less than 1 in 10 in the US AND they are getting … Read More


Oh how I wish I could remember, that uniquely sacred structure. That resolute fortress, the Mexicans ultimately plundered. Maybe then I’d be more reverent of that old Texas mission, and wouldn’t even question how their leaders made the transition. Oh how I wish I could … Read More


Everything is trainable. Exhaustion is a fickle thing. Quickly broken with various stimulants: invigorating drugs, people, music, drinks. It can reverse course with the simplest alterations of body position or wandering changes in thought processes. The apparently simple cure for exhaustion is of course to … Read More

Coffee Shop

  It was her first time at the coffee shop on the corner of Gibson and Shiloh. The familiar green pigment that so many caffeine enthusiasts have been conditioned to associate with good vibes were replaced by an equally pleasing baby blue but a tad … Read More