This blog is mostly about my quest to read the 100 Greatest Novels of all time, though I will add a bit of my own poetry, prose, or nonsense from time to time. It is dedicated to my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Tina Banks of Burke School Elementary, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1972-73...who gave me the gift of literature.
I am happily married; my wife and I have three wonderful children (son, son, daughter), two marvelous daughters-in-law, and three adorable grandsons. It's not hyperbole; they really are beautiful, wonderful, marvelous, and adorable.
Me? I'm humble and lovable...which is an allusion to Shoe Shine Boy, the humble and lovable undercover identity of Underdog. I see myself a little like Linus of peanuts as well. Two cartoon references ought to tell you something.
I share a birthday with Millard Fillmore. Though, we don't really share. It's all mine now. He's finished with it.
I have a job...a career even. I like what I do, and I'm good at it. That's a blessing. I'm on my second career. I haven't been unemployed a single day for over 30 years. I tend to take having a job for granted, so let me acknowledge what a blessing that is, and thank the Good Lord for steady employment. I'm a writer of sorts professionally, though it's boring day-job stuff and not accessible to the public. I hope to write the great American novel someday. If that proves too difficult, I may slow my roll and shoot for the fairly decent Hoboken novel, giving myself a better statistical probability of success.
I've eaten over 30,000 pieces of toast. I love toast. I've heard you should write about what you know about, so my novel will probably be about toast.
I was born in Michigan and spent the first 20+ years of my life there. I have strict allegiance to the Detroit Lions, Red Wings, Tigers, and Pistons. I vacillate between the University of Michigan (UofM) and Michigan State University (MSU). I never attended either school. I graduated from the University of Maryland...Fear the Turtle, though I have never lived in Maryland.
I currently live and work in Northern Virginia. In between Michigan and Virginia, I lived in Japan, Nebraska, Hawaii, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, and Texas. I've also traveled to South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, and the U.K. Don't get me started on states. Not all of em. Most of em. Including the two tough ones.
I am told I have a quirky sense of humor. I prefer the word aloof. Some people have a hard time figuring out when I'm being serious. I'm seldom serious except when I think about the Pistons.
I'm not a cat person....though for most of my adult life I've had a cat. This is because I am a wife and daughter person. Currently we are catless.
I am a cat video person though. After an extensive personal inventory questionnaire that we both took, this was found to be the one and only thing I had in common with Ozzie Osbourne. His answers were pretty much unintelligible, but we just figured cuz...who doesn't like cat videos?
I once met Bobby Kennedy...sort of. He was right there...I coulda touched him, but he was sort of scary, so I didn't. My brother touched him, shook his hand, and I was touching my brother...so yeah, me and Bobby were tight. May he rest in peace.
I love words. I'm a logophile or word nerd. I love to know the origin, subtle meanings, common misuses, etc. I'm a bit fussy about words. I'm interested in names too, because names are words. My name Joseph, is Hebrew; it means: he shall add. Not as in math, but as in he shall be of benefit.
I collect quotations. One of my favorites, by the only President from the Great State of Michigan: Things are the way they are now, more than they ever have been before. Gerald R. Ford
By the way, it's a quotation not a quote. Quote is a verb; quotation is a noun. What I did (verb) was quote President Ford. The actual saying (noun) itself is a quotation. Fussy remember?
I enjoy reading, writing, eating toast, golfing, poking things with sticks, fishing, avoiding political discussions, confusing people, cheering for my teams, thinking deep thoughts, hating Windows 8, collecting quotations, and handicapping horse races.
Thanks for reading my blog. I love to see new page views. I love comments even more. For other book bloggers, I will gladly place a link to your blog on the blog roll and invite you to do the same.
Live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God!