A man is whatever room he is in right now – Japanese Proverb

As uttered by the incomparable Bertram Cooper, played by the equally incomparable Robert Morse on Mad Men.  Occasionally when I need a little mental reset, I re-watch the entire Mad Men series.  I always liked the Bert Cooper character.  He was a good counter-balance to Roger Sterling and the other rogues on the show. Let’s consider though the quote from the beginning for a…

If You Didn’t Struggle, Then You Never Did It

When I tell people I go skiing, I get a variety of reactions.  Some people tell me that they took a ski lesson and on the first day, they skied down the black diamond.  This used to annoy me endlessly because I had gone skiing about 15 times before I even attempted one and I still remember it.  I was at Stratton Mountain and I…

From The Desk of Charles G. Hogg

A few years ago, I was teaching a writing class when the students had to use the news in their writing assignments.  There was always something going on so I was never short of material. One day I saw a news story that I knew the students would have a great time with.  Apparently I had long been misinformed about the fact that there…

We’re All Just Travelers

I guess I could quit while I’m ahead with the political posts, but whatev.  I mean a maniacal orange crayon has been president now for 10 days and has already set our democracy back approximately 200 years. I wrote about in the previous post about my experiences as a teenager growing up in the New York suburbs so its all out on the table…

Fight The Power

The blog is turning ten this year.  Yeah, the teen years are upon us!!!!!  While I’ve had the blog, I’ve stayed away from making political statements up here.  Politics and political discussion is fraught with controversy and never really leads anywhere good so I just kind of stayed away from it.  Anyway we had for eight years a wonderful, classy man as president who…

Now the Ski Resorts Are My Friends

I’m not writing here that I’m kind of over skiing.  I’m going to write here about how skiing has become part of my life, part of my winter and how I’m starting to feel close to the resorts. It truly seems crazy to me that a few years ago, skiing never crossed my mind and how big of a part of my life it…

Boston Fashion File

Florida edition. First off, a very furry man at the beach.  In fact, a man with a lot of red fur at the beach: Second a man whose outfit completely fits smoking a Cuban cigar:

St. Petersburg Gets Its Own Photo Essay

A friend pointed out to me once that these blog entries are kind of like photo essays and I guess that is the best way of putting it.  I write a bit, there are pictures.  Everyone is happy, I hope. So now St. Petersburg, Florida is getting its own photo essay.  Like I mentioned in a previous entry we have a little tradition in…

Take Me To The Beach!!!!!

This beach here: Ok this is a sentimental favorite, but these beaches might be a bit better:

Some Shadow Play

I think I was looking through the New York Times one day when I saw this incredible photograph: I thought automatically that it was New York and it had to be the 1960s.  I looked at the information about the photograph and saw that it was taken in Sao Paulo, Brazil in the 1960s.  Obviously, the photo is perfect compositionally but it has so…