Humor Articles

Neighbor, glider pilot, bringer of perspective

Austin American-Statesman, April 11, 2012

From 1981 to 2004, I had the incredibly good fortune of living on Scott Crescent, a crescent-shaped street about a quarter-mile long. Most of my neighbors had built their homes and planted their cedar elms in the 1940s. My neighbors were as captivating as the tree-lined street. One neighbor was Jack Lambrecht. Retired from the […]


Where Hallmark leaves off and our own half-baked sentiments must do

Austin American-Statesman, December 25, 2010

Reconnecting with those we care about is part of getting into the holiday spirit. We want to hear how family and friends are doing and to share how we’re doing. But we’ve all gotten those letters we can’t finish — either because they’re too long or too full of news of young Ella’s nauseating excellence. […]


Shards of a crummy summer ushered away through a memory left ajar

Austin American-Statesman, August 12, 2010

It’s been a terrible summer. Wars. Millions of gallons of oil spewing into our beloved Gulf of Mexico. The United States getting knocked out of World Cup 2010 by two bad calls. Polarized government. And then the final blow: no invitation to Chelsea’s wedding. I did the only sensible thing. I got back on anti-depressants, […]


From last to almost last in just one season

USA Triathlon Times [Vol. 14, No. 3, p. 4], May 1, 1999

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of hearing from world-class, buff triathletes in this publication. It’s time you heard from real triathletes like me who are, say, speed- and talent-challenged. And I’ve got a an inspiring story to tell — how I made it from last to almost last in just […]