CAN YOU TAKE ANOTHER POEM? Here’s one I wrote some time ago (December 31, 2011)

  REFRESH   It sits before me, with eyes of expectation, waiting for the dropping of the checkered flag that will signal the message that I have anticipated for many months now. My hands, at rest upon my thighs, do not quake. There is nothing about what is about to happen that is cause for […]

ESPRESSO: strong coffee made by pushing steam or boiling water through coffee grounds


I don’t know about you, but I get very confused with all the options available at coffee shops these days.   When I have to choose among espresso, latte, cappuccino, dark-roast, light-roast, etc., etc., etc.  I have to admit ignorance and just go with what I know.  Sometimes I just order a cup of decaf coffee […]

WAFFLE (v.): to be indecisive


I love waffles.  Too much. But I don’t love wafflers.  Those are people who cannot make up their minds.  They waffle back and forth, weighing pros and cons, evaluating potential circumstances, and just plain struggling to make a decision.   It drives me crazy. I’m one of those people who, when I go shopping for a […]

THE IDES OF MARCH: the 15th of March

the ides of march

This is the day.   Beware of being in the presence of your political enemies.   This is the day on which Julius Caeser was stabbed to death by his frenemies while attending a meeting of the Senate of Rome.   He had been warned in advance that danger would befall him before the Ides of March, meaning […]

EX POST FACTO: after the fact

ex post facto

There is a bundle of Latin terms which are tossed around in the legal profession, some of which have been adopted into the regular parlance of American English.   One of those words is ex post facto, which is (literally) defined as “after the fact.“  The fact that it is used regularly in our language does […]

DECISIVE: characterized by or displaying no or little hesitation; resolute; determined:


I’ve been thinking about this one for a while.   I actually have been pondering the word indecisive, but chose to go with the positive instead of the negative.     I was stimulated by watching a couple on the TV show Shark Tank faced with a decision and absolutely frozen in place.  They could not make a […]