“Now She Can Watch Me All the Time”–A eulogy (with jokes) for my mom

George Bernard Shaw said, “Life does not cease to be a comedy when somebody dies, any more than it ceases to be a tragedy when a baby is born.”  This morning, we will explore both comedy and tragedy as we remember Bev Howard’s life.  A Zen master once said, “Life is like climbing into a … Continue reading “Now She Can Watch Me All the Time”–A eulogy (with jokes) for my mom

The Bobbsey Twins and the Persistence of Memory

On my way from Manchester the Tiny White Box in Pittsburg, I took a detour through Lee and Durham, two towns where I lived for more than a third of my life.  Since I was meeting my childhood best friend Jonas for lunch, and had an extra 15 minutes, I did something I’d never done … Continue reading The Bobbsey Twins and the Persistence of Memory

Razors and Reciprocating Saws

Yesterday morning, I was in the shower at my daughters’ apartment, sort of/kind of using a razor to clean up the hair on my neck.  (While in the Tiny White Box, I take showers two or three times a week—I believe I’ve complained about their inconvenience—so being able to get in a hot shower in … Continue reading Razors and Reciprocating Saws

Before I Lost My Sense of Humor, I was Apparently Amusing

Eighteen years ago was a long time ago.  In 1999, Hillary Clinton was admired by most Americans for having gracefully endured the humiliation brought on by Bill’s behavior.  In 1999, my drinking was kept a low boil—I relaxed with six or eight beers each week night, relaxing with a dozen or 15 nightly on weekends.  … Continue reading Before I Lost My Sense of Humor, I was Apparently Amusing

Since You Asked–Responses to Reader’s Questions

Reader Mailbag I am a horrible correspondent.  It’s not that I don’t respond—eventually, I do, and I never know whether it will be with a brief squirt of syllables or a fire hose of verbiage.  Here, I will try to briefly answer some questions that have been emailed me by readers (keithhoward@gmail.com). How long have … Continue reading Since You Asked–Responses to Reader’s Questions

Five Books I Wasn’t Asked for on National Public Radio

Last night The Bookshelf with Peter Biello on New Hampshire Public Radio (http://nhpr.org/post/bookshelf-north-country-free-writing-retreat-veterans) aired a segment on the Tiny White Box, Sam and me.  Peter did a yeoman’s job in helping me sound sane and safe and sober, which I am.  The last two adjectives at least.  Usually, Peer asks his guests for five book … Continue reading Five Books I Wasn’t Asked for on National Public Radio