Frames & Whiskers

Ears Flapping in the Wind

OSCAR MEYER WALDRUM, 15 and a half, which is up there in dachshund years, crossed the rainbow bridge on June 25, 2020. He leaves behind his mama, Elizabeth, who loved him fiercely and openly, occasionally to his embarrassment. He also... Continue Reading →

The Smell of Wintergreen

One of the stranger things my father ever told me was how he hated wintergreen. When I was growing up, Dad was one of the weekend warriors serving in the Army National Guard. He was more than 20 years of... Continue Reading →

The Board Is Set; The Pieces Are Moving: 2018-19 NBA Predictions

Let's get this out of the way: there's no reason to pick against the Golden State Warriors pulling off a three-peat, even in a stacked West. With the addition of Boogie Cousins, assuming he comes back fully from injury, this... Continue Reading →


When I was a child, I was lucky to have three parents. It wasn't because my own parents were inadequate, but in that way where a village raises a child (or in this case, twins). She spent at least as... Continue Reading →

When It Seems Like the Only Answer

Disclaimer: This morning, it was announced that chef Anthony Bourdain took his own life. No one but Anthony will know why. Suicidal thoughts are like a parasite that takes hold of your brain and controls it in such a way... Continue Reading →

2017-18 NBA Playoffs Predictions

It's been a crazy 2017-18 NBA season, with injuries being the common thread throughout the league. Guys just couldn't stop getting hurt. It's April 12 and here we are again with both playoff schedules set. So, how'd those predictions do?... Continue Reading →

An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Look at Star Trek: Discovery’s First Season

With recent examples of Star Trek having been flops and disappointments or otherwise bitterly dividing the fandom, Star Trek: Discovery's first season has a lot riding on it: boldly going forward with a new vision while satisfying the expectations of... Continue Reading →

Whoops, The Regular Season Starts Tomorrow: 2017-18 NBA Predictions

In the interest of time and general laziness, let us begin. Last year, I only finished half of my NBA preview, and I did it too damned late -- already past the start of the regular season. Nearly all of... Continue Reading →

Cersei: Night Queen? A Fan Theory

It's been just over two weeks since the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, which is hopefully enough time to have watched the episode or been spoiled on it. If you're here and don't want to be spoiled, well, there's... Continue Reading →

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