The first thing I recall being taught about curiosity was that it has a lethal effect on cats. No one bothered to explain it in pragmatic detail, and I don’t recall anyone ever actually producing a dead cat to validate the theory, but the lesson was clear. Curiosity was dangerous, and we shouldn’t adopt feline proclivities as a pattern for life. After all, look where “Catwoman” ended up—a grownup running around at night dressed up like a cat. How embarrassing. No wonder she wore a mask.
More Questions than Answers ~
In spite of the admonition against curiosity, Catwoman’s very existence cried out for answers. How far did this compulsive cat fetish go? Did she make little rumbling sounds in her throat when she was getting her hair done? Was personal hygiene reduced to licking her hands and rubbing them all over her face and ears? Could you take a Continue reading
With all the hype and hyperbole regarding the famous, or infamous, House Intelligence Committee “Memo” released on Friday, the news has been full of debates about hidden things. Secrets can be intriguing and since everyone seems to be talking about them, we might as well join in.
In considering the subject, it occurs to me that I didn’t have a lot of secrets in my early years, mostly because there was nothing about me important enough to hide from anybody. If I had paid more attention to how the power of a little intrigue catapulted the “Hardy Boys” to fame and fortune, things could have been different. All I needed was a cool mystery, something I could make all my friends swear not to tell anybody.
For instance, if I told a few select friends that I found Continue reading
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Tagged Gallagher's Pen, Revealer of Mysteries, Ron Gallagher, Secrets, Your Secret's Safe with Him
I could feel the sunlight on my face and even in my semi-conscious state, I knew this wasn’t right. It wasn’t supposed to be daylight. Our adventure was supposed to begin while it was still dark, at some unfamiliar hour like 4:00 a.m. We were going to get dressed and pack our stuff while Mom made snacks for the trip, and the adults began to load the cars. I’d end up in the back seat of one of the cars–stuck in the middle again, of course, but in this case, I wouldn’t care. There’d be no complaints on this day, because we’d be heading off to the beach to go fishing, and not just fishing off the pier with a bunch of people crowding around us. My uncle planned to rent a couple of boats, and we were actually going out on the bay. The thought was mesmerizing.
Dawn of Disappointment ~
Closed eyelids could neither hide the bright morning sunlight streaming in through a crack in the curtain, nor the truth that poured in with it. It was way past 4:00 a.m., and something had gone dreadfully wrong. The house was so quiet I could hear Grandma’s cuckoo clock ticking out in the hallway. It was clear that Continue reading
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Tagged "You Cannot Come", Being excluded, Being left out, Gallagher's Pen, Ron Gallagher, Where I go
Remember Archie Bunker’s chair? Those of us who recall the award-winning TV series, “All in the Family,” and its iconic lead character are immediately aware that a piece of rather plain furniture had its own starring role in the sitcom that ran from 1971 through 1979. The chair was Archie’s personal, private, no-one-else-allowed place to sit, and his lack of tolerance for anyone else sitting in it was obvious. His physical and emotional reactions whenever anyone else had the audacity to violate that special space added Continue reading
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Tagged Abortion, Gallagher's Pen, March for Life, Ron Gallagher, Sanctity of Life, Sanctity of Life ~ and Archie Bunker's Chair
Even nondescript writers like me have to contend with certain situational constraints, like “first-article-in-the-new-year” expectations, and being a sensitive guy, I know how disappointed you’d be if I ignored them, right? It would be like Thanksgiving without turkey, or not getting to sing “Silent Night” at the church pageant, or getting to the end of a Hallmark movie and watching the lovers just shake hands and exchange sincere wishes for a nice life. So, before moving on to a topic that might actually be worthwhile, let’s get some expected “New Year’s” issues out of the way–like the annual “fat” crisis, for instance.
Disturbing Revelations ~
Every January we discover afresh that we are in the grip of a national fat surplus of epidemic proportions. If we could somehow collect all the excess fat cells being manufactured and hoarded by gluttonous Americans and mold them into candles, we’d probably have enough Continue reading
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Tagged Diet fads, Gallagher's Pen, Investments, New Year's resolution, Ron Gallagher, What does it profit a man, What Shall It Profit a Man?