Not Immortals

(Originally posted in August. Updated.) RIP Charlie Watts. We saw the Rolling Stones in Houston in 2019. It was the first time I had seen the Stones live, which is just insane, except I was really a Beatles person growing up. We had tickets to see them in Dallas this year, but we actually skipped … Read more

Funeral Rites (for a Rat)

Dearly Beloved, We are gathered here today, to remember our brother rat. He died as he lived his life, On the patio, and in the yard. Place rat gently in the pooper scooper. Please forgive his brother Chihuahua, Who really just wanted a new fuzzy toy. As we process to his resting place, We commit … Read more

Death Shake

It occurred to me this evening that “Death Shake” would be a good adult ice cream drink or perhaps a dance for heavy metal fans. However, it’s also how a Chihuahua helps dispatch its victims after catching them. Why would I think such a strange thing? It’s been a long evening. I have managed to … Read more

A Eulogy, Of Sorts

My brother-in-law Jack passed away just over a week ago. His services were this week, so it has been a little bit insane around here. We’ve had enough deaths in the family and extended family over the past few years where the rituals all seem very familiar, but not any less painful. Call the funeral … Read more


I’ve never been able to understand people who think any deceased person can immediately be replaced with a dog. Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent twelve years in and around animal rescue, but the worst possible gift for anyone is a living being that requires constant care and feeding. It is the gift that keeps on … Read more