The Real Thing

Remember that 1970s TV show To Tell the Truth, hosted by Garry Moore? He would recite a biography, and a panel questioned three contestants, two of them impostors and one the owner of the biography. The panelists would guess which of the three was authentic. Then...

Bob’s 2018 Christmas Letter

BOB’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EPISTLE Dear Family, Friends, Citizens, Lend me your ears. Mine have not been serving me all that well lately. And I don’t think wax is the culprit. More like the din emanating from the U.S. Capitol and reverberating throughout the land. Okay,...

A Bloody Quandary

After a long period of newsletter inaction, your not-so-faithful scribe is back in the business of the written word. The drought was precipitated (that seems like a paradox; I actually saw a pair o’ docks where the water line was quite low) by a lengthy, exasperating...

Book Bonanza Redux

A few days ago — Oct. 17 or 18, I think it was — I sent this book giveaway offer to you. If you tried to access the deal, you might have found that you couldn’t. That wasn’t your fault, but the fault of the promoter, whose website had a glitch....

Book Bonanza

In many parts of the country, the leaves have turned to radiant hues of gold, red, orange  and yellow, the prelude to their demise. The air already is nippy, as witness the jackets worn by folks in the stands at Major League playoff games. Soon, it will be too cold to...

The Road Not Taken

Dear Senator Collins, A good many people who waited with bated breath for your decision on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation for a Supreme Court seat are aware that you are up for re-election in 2020 as a senator from Maine. And a good many are going to do whatever...