I like to read. I like to write. I like to write about reading and writing. Short stories, essays, opinions, and ideas will show up here. Anything that can be expressed in words is fair game. Random thoughts and spontaneous remarks may be posted on Twitter or Facebook and from time to time expanded here. William Blake claimed that his poetry was not necessarily a work that he created, but something channeled through him. I’m no William Blake and I make no such claim. J. M. Keynes aptly described the source of my ideas: “Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.”

Bigfoot, God, and Santa Claus

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   In this Era of Political Incorrectness where snowflakes are disparaged and whiners are told to “Buck up Buttercup,” I don’t feel compelled to warn you that you may be offended by what I have to say. ... read more

A Puerto Vallarta Story

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   Two of our good friends in Puerto Vallarta are Kevin and Beatriz Simpson who own the folk art gallery Peyote People and the upscale ancestral contemporary art gallery Collectiva.  Over the past years... read more

The Attack of the Fifty Foot Baby

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say,... read more

Poems – 12

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   This is the twelfth post of poems and napkin art at Think in the Morning.  I hope you readers enjoy these as much as we do.  The butterscotch pie at Tre Piatti restaurant in Puerto Vallarta is pure... read more

Tis The Season

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   It’s a great time for drunks and gluttons.  Just a few weeks after gorging on roast turkey, oyster stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole (with cream of mushroom soup and crispy... read more

How Was Yelapa?

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   One more thing.  When you get there, take a water taxi straight to Yelapa.  Don’t mess around with the tourist beaches. So, like, you’re kidding right? Kidding?  Hell no I’m not kidding.  Look,... read more

Udder Nonsense

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   If you have read any of the posts on this site, you must be aware that Napkin Art adds an interesting historical and artistic dimension and adds immensely to the delight factor, if any is to be... read more

Poems – 11

  This is the eleventh poetry page posted on Think in the Morning.  We choose poems we like based only on our own tastes.  Each poem is paired with an original piece of napkin art produced at the Sea Gull Cellar Bar in Mendocino, CA from 1977 – 1985.  We... read more

Short Short Story: The Last Race

  “We asked God to take away these burdens from our souls, and he took them away.” “Yes, he took them away.” “Everything happens for a reason.  It’s part of God’s plan.” “Yes, it’s part of his plan.” <><><><><><><> Cooper... read more

Guest Post: The Diamond’s Sutra by Mitchell Zucker

  Go to sleep. First tell me the story about how the world ended. All right; get under the covers. One day, the Launch Control Officer at an intercontinental ballistic missile base had a dinner date and had just finished polishing his boots and was about to... read more

Shy Red

  [Click on BLUE links for sources or more information]   In this age, the mere example of nonconformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach,... read more