The winter of 1998 in Romania

It's snowing outside as I write this. It's been a wacky winter season so far. One day it feels like spring, the next it's winter, the next is autumn and it's raining and then it all freezes and winter moves back in. I've been going through some old photos, taken back in 1998, when I [...]

Anger is just not worth the trouble

I've recently written about how to respond effectively to stressful situations, and now it's time to write about how to respond effectively to anger. One thing most of us do battle with each and every day is our temper. We encounter a situation that pushes our buttons just the right way, and wouldn't you know [...]

Gotta give them something to do

It's easy to decry TV, movies and sports as nothing more than a time suck, as a constant push toward looser morals and a consumer culture, but they also provide a benefit that's not often discussed -- that of giving people something acceptable to do with their time. Among other things, they redirect energy that [...]

Meet Buttons, the cutest kitteh ever

Sorry for the baited title. This post is really about how web users interact with written content on the Internet, and how people in general interact with the news these days. But read on anyway, you might find this useful, and there's even another cute kitty photo at the end. I've been sitting on the [...]

I like "The Saint"

It got panned by the critics. Val Kilmer's acting was indulgent at times. It was somewhat cliché. What was up with those knee-high socks that Elizabeth Shue's character wore throughout the movie? Those are some of the things that come to mind when I think of "The Saint" (1997). But it struck a chord with [...]

Congratulations, President Obama!

We have seen democracy in action, and we have achieved something amazing, as a country: we have elected the first African-American president. That's something that goes a long way to wipe the wrongs of the past, and is something that would have probably made some of our country's founders proud, had they been able to [...]

Funny comics for sucky times

These "fun" times we're living in call for some cheering up. I'm subscribed to these following comics (listed in alphabetical order), and they put a smile on my face each and every day: Basic Instructions by Scott Meyer Geek and Poke by Oliver Widder Kawaii Not by Meghan Murphy What The Duck by Aaron Johnson [...]