To Gygax

I had thought this sonnet lost! But I found it yesterday, while sorting through some old boxes of games and memorabilia, and I don’t think I’ve shared it publicly before. I wrote it for Gary Gygax after having worked with him on the Dangerous Journeys role-playing game. Like countless hobby more »

Glitter Ball

I live next door to two toddling granddaughters. It should come as no surprise that their house and ours, and everything inside, are dusted with glitter. That got me thinking about where glitter must come from. Are there glitter factories? Can you imagine an explosion in a glitter factory? Or more »

Yes, Honey

Out of respect for my “Belgian” daughter, who first lured me into veganism, I’ve held off eating honey until I’d had time to mull the issue.   Today I decided. I will eat foods containing honey. I have two reasons. First, I just don’t care that much about the lives more »

Snake Oil

A couple of years ago, when Candace, my “Belgian” daughter was visiting, she asked me repeat to her boyfriend the swimming hole story I had told her as an adolescent. I couldn’t remember, until she reminded me. It goes like this … I said, “As a boy, I was staying more »