Slightly off the Mark
Shutdowns, Taxes, and Bums PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:40

by Mark Hunter

As a longtime opponent of all things Obama, it might surprise people to learn I don’t blame the Executive Branch for the government shutdown. I blame Congress … but maybe not for the reason you think.

The whole thing started in the House of Representatives, where Republicans were trying to stop the Godzilla-sized mess known as Obamacare. It’s shocking – just shocking – that a party supposedly dedicated to smaller government would want to halt one of the biggest federal power grabs in history.

 
Sequel Mania PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 October 2013 08:54

by Mark Hunter

I was deluged with requests to write a sequel to my first novel. I’m not even exaggerating: There were a few dozen requests. For me, that’s as much a deluge as what used to come through my kitchen ceiling. People like the characters, and want to hang around them for awhile longer, an idea that’s launched many good story continuations.

 
Disaster preparedness: turtles, fizz floods, and snowfire tornadoes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 19:50

by Mark Hunter

I recently received an e-mail from a local utility company informing me that September is Emergency Preparedness Month.

I got it on October 1. I guess they just weren’t prepared.

 
Bad advice for good writers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 October 2013 21:10

by Mark Hunter

I’ve been invited to be the guest of honor at a writer’s group. In their defense, they don’t know me all that well.

On October 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Peabody Public Library in Columbia City, I have to pretend that (from a writing career standpoint) I know what I’m doing. It’s daunting, to be asked to lie that much.

 
Don't get fired up in the kitchen PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 23:03

by Mark Hunter

It goes without saying that the best way to maintain safety in a kitchen is to keep me out of it.

But I said it anyway, and as it happens, the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Prevent kitchen fires.” Even a group of Congressmen couldn’t argue over whether that’s a good idea. Could they?

 
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