A true renaissance man in the traditional sense of the term, Paul leads a life too full to summarize in a bio. Arts, sciences, philosophy, politics, humor, history, languages... just about everything catches his attention.
Making it Work
I tell my friends that I’m a writer, but I’m really a publisher. Not just a publisher, but a renegade publisher. The renegade part be self-apparent in due course, but let’s investigate the borderline between writer and publisher.
Had he known he existed in an artificial world, he wouldn’t have cared, since nothing seemed real after that awful rainy night Carol didn’t come home.
The Real Mystery of Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper. A hundred and thirty years ago, just uttering the name would send a chill through your spine. A savagely brutal serial killer who was never identified. His crimes didn’t need amplifying and embellishing by the sensationalist press of the day – they were truly horrific -- but that didn’t stop the newspapers from ascribing murder after murder, not only in London but throughout the world, as the work of the same madman, amplifying every gory detail along the way.
😜 The problem with being smart is that people eventually expect you to prove it. "So, I hear you speak 17 languages." Of course I don't speak 17 languages fluently. Or even modestly competently. I can manage English and... well... nod my head at the right times when presented with a few other languages.
Finally, with a child in my household, I have a chance to relive some of the quiet joys of my own childhood. Sunday pancakes. Harvesting fresh tomatoes from the garden. Teaching him how to skip stones on the pond.
Waddling to Work
Today I walked to work. Two miles, as the crow flies. Fifty miles as the aging, out-of-shape desk-jockey with the balding head and bulging stomach waddles.
What, Me Volunteer?
I've been told that there are 135 good reasons to give blood, but for the life of me, when the tech approached me with that big-bore, suck-your-liver-out needle, humming the Flight of the Valkyrie, I couldn't think of a single one.
Eight Essential German Phrases Every Tourist Needs to Know
While the English language is dominating the world of business, knowing at least a little of the German language will make you seem gracious and approachable. Of course, speak English if your new friends want to practice their language skills, but often a little basic knowledge of the local language goes a long way. Here are eight essential phrases to learn with rough pronunciations that will get you at least in the ball park of communicating your meaning.