Attack of the Killer Squirrels 6

My wife Cat and I were sitting on our magical hill in San Diego’s Balboa Park, reveling in the beauteous wonder that is nature. Off to our left was a spread of dense, gnarly … above-ground tree roots, basically. I won’t even try to describe this botanical oddity. But think gold-hued, ancient, above-ground tree roots [Read More...]

Attack of the Killer Squirrels, No. 5

While my wife and I were walking around Balboa Park, we came into an area that we both instantly recognized as the Reality Version of a fantasy place we dream about all the time. “Whoa,” said Cat, stopping. “Whoa,” said I, bumping into her back. And there it was. Our Hill With The Tree. Now [Read More...]

Attack of the Killer Squirrels, the Fourth

So. Seniors in White. About 50 of them. Turns out they were lawn bowling. When we first came upon them, I said, “Hey! Bocce ball!” “No,” said a player near me with surprisingly good hearing. “Lawn Bowling.” I stepped nearer to this guy, because he had a nice face and it was a beautiful day [Read More...]

Attack of the Killer Squirrels III

(We left off last time with me … um … being a schizophrenic mind-possessor. It wasn’t pretty. You didn’t miss anything.)Killer attack squirrels! For real! So here’s the lowdown on the crazed rodent hoedown. My wife Cat and I were walking around San Diego’s Balboa Park. Gorgeous day. Vast expanses of grass looking like the [Read More...]

Attack of the Killer Squirrels, Part Deux

(We left off last time with me promising to get serious about getting to the part of this story that actually involves my wife Cat and me getting attacked by killer squirrels.) About twenty minutes into our walk through San Diego’s Balboa Park on a day so beautiful it was like being transported into heaven [Read More...]

Attack of the Killer Squirrels

So it’s spring here in San Diego. Which means the weather is … well, like it is just about every other day of the year, which is so beautiful it practically makes you want to stay inside and close all your curtains since you can’t take the pressure of having to do something worthy of [Read More...]

Amazing Grace: How Sweet the Grounds

I’m so hot in this San Diego coffee shop I’m sitting in. I feel like I’m in a coffee pot. It’s too bad, too, because if ever in my life I had a chance to come across as a genuinely cool person, this is it. I’ve got my laptop; as far as anyone can tell [Read More...]

Was Jesus Funny?

I don’t see how anyone can doubt that Jesus was sometimes extremely funny. He was, after all, fully human. People are funny. So I think it’s safe to say that at least every once in a while Jesus was a veritable crack-up. Especially given that his whole ministry involved communicating with people—which, of course, necessarily [Read More...]

The Trouble with Lesson-Teaching Animals

Okay, so we were talking about Life Lessons that we can learn from nature. Hmm. Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is Flipper. (For you younger readers, Flipper was the name of a dolphin who used to star in a TV show called Flipper. The show first aired in 1964. That was [Read More...]

Coyotes. Nature. Troubadour pants

So what, then, are we to learn from nature? Real nature, I mean—not coyotes. Coyotes are, like, nature’s dogs. It’s like they’ve been domesticated by God, or something. They’re too confusing. Trying to learn a lesson about nature from coyotes would be like taking advanced calculus. Forget it. The kind of Nature Lesson I have [Read More...]