Home Away From Home

Jul 06, 2012
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First brand new short story in a while – enjoy! Damon Brinker sighed with relief as the bus bounced its way into the station. The driving slammed on the brakes and sent passengers flying into the seat in from of them. That’s par for the course, he thought. A fifteen hundred mile journey on a […]

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The Horse

Jul 06, 2012
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Note: While attending a writer’s workshop in April, one of the exercises was to write about a horse.  No further direction was given – we could write about any horse.  Here’s the very short story I hammered out in the 15 minutes we were given to complete the exercise. The rider dismounted and went to […]

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Tools of a Baseball Addict

Jul 03, 2012
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I’ve always been a huge baseball fan.  In recent years, however, I’ve begun focusing even more on the sports, while losing some focus on the other sports.  I haven’t followed the NBA much since Magic retired, and my interest in the NFL has waned in recent years.  I have baseball thoughts 365 days a year.  […]

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Jeter’s Slump and Pujols’s Surge

Jun 29, 2012
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 Jeter’s Slump Derek Jeter got off to a fast start this year, hitting .389 with 5 homers and 13 RBI in April.  His current average is still above .300, but a steep downward trend – a .293 batting average in May and a .238 in June (through Wednesday) – should have Yankees fans a bit concerned.  This is […]

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Give An Author A Second Chance

Jun 27, 2012
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Regular readers know that my favorite author is Lawrence Block.  Block has been writing since the 1950s, and continues to write new work.  About a decade ago, a friend gave me Burglars Can’t be Choosers, and I was hooked.  In pretty quick succession, I read all of the burglar books and also started working my […]

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Do Adam Dunn’s Strikeouts Hurt The White Sox?

Jun 22, 2012
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Longtime readers may remember an article about strikeouts a while back.  At that time, I was looking at the whiffs of Mark Reynolds and trying to calculate the impact they had on his team. This time, I went a step further.  I took a close look at Adam Dunn of the White Sox.  Dunn has […]

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Why Is The Book Always Better Than The Movie?

Jun 20, 2012
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It’s a common scene – you’ll come out of a movie and someone will say “It was OK, but I liked the book better.”  It’s far less common to hear someone say that they liked a movie better.  Why is this the case?  There are several reasons. Budget Writers can just make up shit with […]

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Are Athletes Overpaid?

Jun 15, 2012
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Note: This article originally ran on June 3, 2010. Do athletes make too much money?  The quick reaction to this question is “yes”. Let’s take a deeper look.  As usual, I’ll use baseball as an example. The news media reports the big signing bonuses of the first round draft picks – but fail to report […]

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Which Amazon Kindle Device Should I Buy?

Jun 14, 2012
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Note: this article originally ran on September 29, 2011 Yesterday, Amazon announced a new family of Kindle devices, including the Kindle Fire with an advanced web browser and full color screen, the Kindle Touch (obviously, with a touch screen), and a low cost $79 model. It’s mere coincidence that I happened to write about the […]

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How Many People Don’t Pay Taxes?

Jun 12, 2012
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47% of Americans pay no income tax, according to many sources. Is this really true?  Let’s take a look. First of all, I’m going to present IRS data, so I’m limited to the information from tax returns. According to the 2010 US census the population of the United States was around 308.75 million people. The […]

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