Tuesday, April 22, 2008

John Adams

He was a one term president - the first U.S. President who failed in a reelection bid. But then John Adams was only the second American chief executive. The just concluded HBO miniseries offered a reasonably fair and balanced look at this often controversial public figure. I for one found the theme music (clicky below) haunting. It was also instructional to see how politics has not really changed all that much from the turn of the 19th Century.

Photo courtesy: The Harvard University Collection

Monday, April 7, 2008

3,000 miles from home

This week finds me in sunny (yeah, it's true) Seattle. I'm attending a conference along with several colleagues from my organization.
It was all going pretty well until I stepped across the street to use an ATM. I needed some extra cash because the taxis and shuttles in this otherwise modern city "know not of this 'plastic' you speak of." Anyway, I pop in my card, punch in the PIN and out spits a receipt telling me the card has been confiscated. It would appear my card # has been hacked/stolen. But I can't find out until tomorrow since the bank back in Pennsylvania is closed for the night. I have a backup credit card so it's not the end of the world, just a huge hassle in the midst of a busy road trip.

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Wow, things sure have been quiet here.
I began this blog, in part, as therapy to break a lengthy case of writer's block that was directly impacting my ability to do my job (I am a writer after all.)
I continue to read other blogs, and leave comments when the muse strikes, but since I'm back to writing for pay, this site has faced some neglect.
I'm not giving up the blog experience, but do expect little activity here for the time being.

Here's a little music that applies to technical writers as much as commercial music lyricists.

If anybody would care to drop a word of encouragement (or suggest I find something else other than further polluting the Internet with my ravings), it would be appreciated.
God bless.