When Teachers Do Stand-Up

Right over your heads, that one. Whew! I’m glad no one was decapitated. I know every standup thinks their material is hilarious, but the fact is that I am not just your garden-variety struggling comic at age 61, I am also a retired teacher...

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Facebook Activism: Changing the World—No Effort Required

Share if…  you never want New Orleans to flood again.

Share if…  your pets drive you crazy but you love them anyway.

 Share if…  you think mornings are too long.

 Share if…  you don’t think the school cafeteria aide should force children to eat everything on their trays.

Share if… …  you think Madison should be able to take her pit bull to the prom.

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Peter Marino, Therapist

Peter Marino, Therapist

Everyone knows that in a crisis, a pamphlet can help.

My most recent therapy practice (Trickle Down Counseling) is temporarily not accepting new clients or serving established clients. Having lost the lease on my office space in addition to suffering foreclosure on my storage unit, I find myself with an abundance of the following short publications that I have authored based on important topics my clients have brought to our sessions over the years. Gender-neutral pronouns are used in titles for inclusion.

For a small fee of $5 each (which includes postage and handling), I can arrange for them to be mailed directly to you. Please indicate by number which pamphlet(s) you would like. Do not request downloads as they will not reduce the paper burden I am experiencing.

I have arranged the pamphlets by most popular category:

Death and Dying

001  When Someone You Never Liked Dies…

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My 2016 New Year's Resolutions

Here's to 2016. The month is not even half over and I've broken none of these resolutions yet:

1) Stop napping in the middle of the day, especially in class or while driving.

2) Select healthier, more nutritious sugary desserts.

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Christmas Newsletter 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year one and all! I hate to resort to the infamous "newsletter," but seeing as I have been so busy lately (despite my continued unemployment and crippling bouts of depression that render me almost totally inactive), and seeing as there are so many of you for me to write to, I thought this the most efficient choice.

     2015 was memorable for us because in January National Grid shut off our power for non-payment of bills. It was a strained time, but as a family we tried to make the best of it. It was actually rather fun deciding what furniture to burn for heat and cooking purposes, and we grew closer as a family while bundled up together by the dining room fire...

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Gender Reveal Party

Please join Lilly, Ryan, and Baby _______????  for our

GENDER REVEAL PARTY

Friday, September 12 at our home at

27 Southwick Meadows East

1 p.m.

What We Will Eat: We will celebrate the revealing of our yet-to-be-born-baby’s gender with —yes—“birthday” cake!

Creative snacks are welcome. Emma, how about your gingerbread “men” with pink or blue trim? (We’ll eat them even if you’re wrong!) And it would be great if someone could make a round loaf of rainbow bread to look like Lilly’s belly, but only a pink and blue rainbow!

Because of its proximity to the Holy Days, Lilly suggested a matzo search, even though no one in our circle is Jewish. One of the matzos will have a slip of paper inside that says, “It’s a ______!”

What Games We Will Play: We will totally play Might It Be…? in which guests have to suggest androgynous names (i.e. “Might it be Lee?”)

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Things I Worry About When I Should be Sleeping

Twenty-Nine Things that were Suddenly Important When I was Trying to get to Sleep Last Night

September 1, 2015

1. What if my neighbor has a pet python, and it gets loose?

2. There has got to be some way to collect all the man-made space debris orbiting the earth.

3. Mold is the biggest problem with owning a house.

4. How many people do I know that wear glasses all the time? Just for reading?

5. How many people in my department have PhDs? Facial hair?

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Saratoga Apple

Alistair Cooke once said, It would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place: the opportunity to do good work, to enjoy friends, to fall in love, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby. To stuff at least two cider donuts from Saratoga Apple into your mouth while they’re hot, even if you’re driving...

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Opportunities

I always want to encourage young writers, and what I’m trying to do in this class is establish a community of writers. I hate for any negativity to go down. But I need to say, how to put this? Surprised, I guess, was what I was. That they were so short. Really, really short...

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Heaven Is...Really?

I want to believe in your heaven, I really do. It sounds very high concept, very accommodating, and stress free; and also free, as in no admission fee. However...

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