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Category Archives: Life

New Coffee Table Book – 101 Questions for Single Parents!

July 31, 2018 | Books!, humor, Life | Permalink

This book is for you if… …you’re a sleep-deprived single mom who can name at least 50 Pokémon but can’t keep your kids’ names straight or remember where you parked your car at the grocery store. …you’re a single father who sits in a morning work meeting, waiting to give a monthly report presentation, when […]

Why I Won’t Do Commissioned Art

April 25, 2018 | Art!, humor, Life | Permalink

“Can you paint a portrait of me, but as a sexy, armor-wearing warrior queen? And thirty lbs. lighter?” No. And you mean forty-five lbs. “Can you paint my dog? He’s really cute. Look how his tongue hangs out the left side of his mouth. I really want to capture him in a painting.” No. Your dog […]

50 Things I Really Worry About

March 14, 2018 | humor, Life | Permalink

I’m not a person who worries about much of anything. After all, worrying helps nothing. It only adds to one’s suffering. And yet…here’s fifty things that concern me almost every single day: I sometimes wonder whether I’m spending enough time with my son. …or whether I’m actually the helicopter dad I try so hard not to […]

How to Write 10 Books a Year (and how not to)

November 8, 2017 | Art!, Life, Writing! | Permalink

Part 1 of 2 – The ideal schedule 6:30 AM – Wake up, enjoy a light breakfast, read a few writers’ blogs, look up new art posted by my favorite artists 7:30 AM – Drive to the nearby forest trail, walk briskly for 90 minutes, return home feeling amazing 9:15 AM – Shower. Open all the […]

Questions for the Everyday Philosopher

November 8, 2017 | humor, Life, Philosophy | Permalink

This is a series of articles collectively titled A Thought for Every Thursday. Each one contains quick, light questions about modern morality, simple philosophy, and human relationships. Here. Get some…   *** The Thought for Every Thursday series is inspired by the Coffee Table Philosophy series of books, which can be browsed here.

101 Reasons to Break Up

October 12, 2017 | Books!, humor, Life, Relationships | Permalink

During a blazing hot summer, I interviewed nearly four-hundred people. At bars, on the street, via Facebook. I took their 101 funniest, weirdest, and most off-the-wall break-up stories… …and slammed them all into this book: 101 Reasons to Break Up Read it. Laugh at it. Review the hell out of it. Here’s nine sample break-ups. […]

Write Sober, Edit Drunk?

September 5, 2017 | Autobiography, Books!, Life, Philosophy, Relationships | Permalink

  In his latest book, J Edward sips scotch, bourbon, and deep, dark whiskey with every chapter. No topic goes untouched. No cocktail is spared.  Life & Dark Liquor A tipsy memoir by J Edward Neill Now available at Amazon. Life & Dark Liquor is the ‘sequel’ to Reality is Best Served with Red Wine.

The Starving Artist and His Kid

August 16, 2017 | Art!, humor, Life | Permalink

I wouldn’t have it any other way. With that said, single dad art-making ain’t always easy. Almost six years ago, my son (the G Man) burst into my life. He was the Kool-Aid Man breaking through the brick wall of me. Upon his arrival, I prepared myself for sleepless nights, hours upon hours of crying, and the end of all […]

What’s the value of a few little lives?

July 27, 2017 | Life, Philosophy, Short Stories | Permalink

I’m nine years old, and life is pretty good. For an early September day in the ‘burbs outside Chicago, the weather is stunning. The winds are milder than usual, and the great northern chill has yet to descend. My classmates and I adore it. A mob of us have just walked a few miles to […]

Care less. Be Happier.

May 31, 2017 | Life, Philosophy | Permalink

Don’t take the title too seriously. I’m not suggesting you stop caring about your family, your friends, or your personal welfare. Nor am I saying you should be indifferent to things that really, truly matter. But everything else? That’s up for debate. Maybe you’ve heard of it. These days, there’s a little thing called the internet. […]

100 things you should probably think about

April 27, 2017 | humor, Life, Satire | Permalink

I’m not sayin’. I’m just sayin’. * * * 100 Things You Should Probably Think About A rare compliment is better than everyday flattery. Don’t fistfight the person who cuts you off in traffic. Fight the one who says you can’t do something. And fight them with your mind, not your hands. Patience is a virtue, but sometimes […]

Searching for the nothing.

February 16, 2017 | Life | Permalink

First, to set the tone, a few pictures: And now, words: Look, before we get started, there’s something you should know. I’m not depressed. In a world where everyone I know has anxiety, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, or just simply dry, cold malaise, I am free. I have no sadness, no anger. Nothing makes me […]

Ten questions to ask your tipsy friends

December 6, 2016 | Coffee Table Philosophy, humor, Life | Permalink

It’s late. You’ve had a few adult beverages. You’re with a few friends. Or maybe you’re alone. It’s time to break out ten questions you might not ask if you were sober. * * * Let’s Get Physical  Assuming one-on-one combat, what percentage of the world’s population could you handle in a fight? * Unshackle […]

These little books make perfect gifts

November 10, 2016 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Life, Non Fiction | Permalink

Got a few stockings to stuff? Have a friend you have no idea what to get for the holidays (or a birthday?) Need something for under $10? Solutions await thee. Welcome to the Coffee Table Philosophy series. These slim, sexy coffee table books are full of fun questions and quizzes to keep anyone (or any gathering) entertained for hours. There’s […]

From Dungeon Master to Starving Artist.

November 8, 2016 | Books!, Life, Role Playing | Permalink

Christmas Eve 1987. I was eleven years old. As far as gift-hauls go, 1987 was a reasonable year. I raked in some fresh NES games, unwrapped a new pile of GI Joe action figures, and rolled my eyes at the requisite stack of clothes for school. I would’ve been satisfied if that’s all it had been. Toys, games, and clothes…what more could […]

Why I’m still convinced #NothingMatters

October 20, 2016 | Culture, humor, Life, Non Fiction | Permalink

It’s funny the things we decide to care about. It’s curious the flow of socio-political liquid through the masses. Do you ever wonder if, a thousand years ago, the hashtag causes would’ve been #SanitationMatters, #PeasantsMatter, or #ArrowsDon’tKill but #ArchersDo? During World War II, if Twitter had existed, the Allies’ causes would’ve been obvious (Sadly the Axis’s would’ve been, too.) But […]

Fifty easy ways to live slightly off-the-grid

September 28, 2016 | humor, Life, Love & Relationships | Permalink

I’m not sayin’… …but I might be sayin‘. * * * At bars and restaurants, consider being the best tipper around. Selfie sticks should be used to start swordfights, not to take actual selfies with. Stairs should be embraced, not avoided. And whenever possible, take them two at a time. The first pancake is usually the worst. Give […]

The Case for and Against Social Media

September 18, 2016 | Life, Writing! | Permalink

    It’s an antisocial world. There, I said it. I’m old enough to remember when life was different. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining about the way it is now. I’m sitting here on my couch, laptop in lap, using my iPad as a mouse pad, streaming Hans Zimmer through my Bose Bluetooth mobile […]