D Is for Stinky, Ruffy, and a Dollop of Muggs*: #atozchallenge

Probably no one man should have as many dogs in his life as I have had, but there was more pleasure than distress in them for me except in the case of an Airedale named Muggs. He gave me more trouble than all the other fifty-four or -five put together, although my moment of keenest … Continue reading D Is for Stinky, Ruffy, and a Dollop of Muggs*: #atozchallenge

Day D: Dilly-Dallying #AtoZChallenge

Yes, definitely running behind in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. No surprise, of course. If I were all caught up, I would worry. Blogging with a theme would have helped. Instead of choosing topics, I'm wallowing around in a sea of them, waiting for one to come to my rescue. April was a … Continue reading Day D: Dilly-Dallying #AtoZChallenge

The Dog That Bit People

Having spent the week engaged in selfish pursuits, I wanted to do one good deed before midnight--less than half an hour from now. I've chosen to share a story: Keith Olbermann reading James Thurber's "The Dog That Bit People." I met Thurber in fifth grade, when all students, K-12, were herded into the auditorium to … Continue reading The Dog That Bit People

Sores on the tops of the horses

Writing about his college years, James Thurber tells the story of Haskins, an agriculture student who takes up journalism, "possibly on the ground that when farming went to hell he could fall back on newspaper work." Haskins is assigned the animal husbandry beat, which comprises cows, sheep, and over two hundred horses. Unfortunately, he is … Continue reading Sores on the tops of the horses

Day 17: Perpetual writing

I never quite know when I'm not writing. Sometimes my wife comes up to me at a party and says, "Damnit, Thurber, stop writing." She usually catches me in the middle of a paragraph. Or my daughter will look up from the dinner table and ask, "Is he sick?" "No," my wife says, "he's writing … Continue reading Day 17: Perpetual writing