Anyone who has known me for even a small amount of time will have deduced that I am a Cat Person.  It’s not that I don’t like dogs, I’m sure they are charming in their way, but I have always felt an affinity with cats – their cold disdain, love of warm naps and occasional bouts of insanity.  I had always assumed that my two cats, Tabbie and Lulu, while disliking one another, had, at least, a passing fondness for me…. Read more »

Chair: Sir Icarus del Sol – Physical Center of the Solar System. He Who Must Be Obeyed. Members: Mercury – Tanned, self-centered, fitness enthusiast. Over – compensates for lack of stature. Venus – Curvaceous, blonde, self-help guru.  Multi-Platinum winner of “Shapeliest Orbit in the Galaxy”. Earth – Petulant, whiny, adolescent.  Habit of trying to hit other planets with bits of garbage. Mars – Florid, stony-faced, argumentative. Secretly writes romantic fiction. Jupiter –  Huge, imposing, father of countless satellites and rocks. Accompanied by his planet-sized Galilean… Read more »

“Inferno” is the first part of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, “The Divine Comedy” – parts two and three are “Purgatory” and “Paradise”.  Written around 1314 in Florence, “Inferno” describes Dante’s imaginary journey, accompanied by  the spirit of the Roman poet Virgil, through the nine circles of Hell. The poem describes the nature of the sinners in each circle, and the punishments they endure.  It is a incredible literary work, and is widely regarded as a brilliant allegorical interpretation of the politics of medieval Europe.The New… Read more »

Among life’s many imponderables, is the enduring mystery of the missing sock. We’ve all been there – loading the laundry, emptying the hamper, checking to make sure that you have not forgotten anything. BAM! Close the washing machine door, turn it on and whoosh! Sure enough, through the realms of space and time, at least one sock will disappear.  Never a pair. Just one. There are many theories as to why this occurs: some think that it is mere human error – you… Read more »

ACT I “The time has come,” The Walrus said, “To talk of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax; of cabbages and kings…” “Yes, yes,” said The Carpenter impatiently, “But what if we could do something that would blow everyone’s mind?” Puzzled, The Walrus paused. “Like what?” “What if,” The Carpenter mused, “We could get together some of the greatest rock stars ever and get them to put on a show! That would certainly keep the oysters in line,… Read more »