Category Archives: Writing

Dannotated history

In 2020, I did my best to capture — and sometimes mock — historical highlights of each day. I am by no means a historian, but here’s a recap, for anyone interested: On January 1, 404: A Christian monk named … Continue reading

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Time, warped

During a trip to my Dad’s this weekend, I ventured into the basement — a catch-all storage area the size of the entire footprint of the house, wherein one might discover any sort of stray memory. He led me down there … Continue reading

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Blue year’s day: A resolution revolution

(“Bain’s Beat” reprinted from the November-December 2016 issue of Midtown Magazine.) If you ask me, the holidays come at the wrong time of year. And we can’t even describe that time correctly. When are “the holidays?” For many, this phrase … Continue reading

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Straight to the point

Hello. Remember me? I don’t blame you, which is the reason for the first of five precursory comments: 1 – Yes, I know it’s been nearly 11 months since my last post. I’d apologize, but I can’t imagine my lack … Continue reading

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Beg a million

By now the word is out — the record-breaking, $640 million jackpot of last night’s Mega Millions lottery drawing will be split between three winners. Or as I like to call them, lucky bastards. When I woke up, I heard the … Continue reading

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Words miffing

Dear Everybody, I propose we ban the following worn-out words and phrases this year: I know, right? Alternately, just Right? It’s used to express enthusiastic agreement with something that somebody just said, but entusiastic agreement really shouldn’t be expressed as a question. If you agree, … Continue reading

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Do they know they’re rich pop stars at all?

I finally heard a song from the She & Him Christmas album tonight, and as I suspected I would, I enjoyed it as much as I enjoy their non-seasonal stuff. Which is to say, I didn’t. I’d rather sit through a special two-hour … Continue reading

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Hack Friday

Wait, don’t go to bed yet — the bargains aren’t over! The best deal of the day is my book, a collection of life lessons called A Nay for Effort. It’s only $14, and I’m not charging any shipping fees … Continue reading

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Armageddon sick of this

Okay, raise your hand if you feel like you have complete understanding of how world finance works. You, in the back — put your hand down, you liar. Let me admit right off the bat, I simply cannot grasp the subtle … Continue reading

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This has been an angry week, between the abortion flap in state news and the debt ceiling flap (do I really need to provide a link?) in national news. Almost everyone I know — including myself — is stewing over one view or … Continue reading

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