When Dogs Can Purr

When Dogs Can Purr

(First published in The Coffeelicious – 11/21/2016) Scientists have isolated the gene that controls purring in cats, and are awaiting approval to transplant it into dogs. They’re at work on the litter pan thing as well, but for now the headline is: dogs will...
Existential Hurricane Watch

Existential Hurricane Watch

(First published in Chicago Literati – December 9, 2016) They’re called ‘existential threats’. Who’s more qualified to report on them but an existentialist? Here the seminal French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre translates the TV weatherman’s clichés that they...
Other EpiPens

Other EpiPens

( “The EpiPens We Didn’t Know We Needed”, first published in Crack the Spine – Issue 204 – December 9, 2016) SchlepiPen is used by either spouse to inject a dose of sanity into a partner insisting upon bringing all luggage on vacation as...
De Niro’s Quotes & Trump

De Niro’s Quotes & Trump

(From a interview of Donald Trump consisting of Robert De Niro’s on and off-screen quotes, held at the offices of The Tribeca Citizen in Lower Manhattan. First published in The Coffeelicious – December 4, 2016)) President: “Are you talking to me? The guy who...
Life From Space

Life From Space

(“6 Planets Life on Earth Came From”, originally published in Points in Case – December 2, 2016) It’s now accepted that the building blocks of DNA and RNA arrived here via meteorites and comets. These are the origins of some of some familiar things...