Category Archives: Writing & Social Commentary

The Secret to Growing Avocado Trees: Patience

Remember in college, you’d put three toothpicks into an avocado seed, put it in a [...]

Hail, hail, hail, hail Hillside

I graduated from Hillside Elementary School in Berkeley in 1951. The school was condemned due [...]


One man show in Redwood City, June 20

Show at The Marsh went great. Only dropped two lines!

Rick’s One Man Show – Please Save the Dates

Tuesday, May 24 at The Marsh: 1062 Valencia, Street, San Francisco – (415) 641-0235 “Let [...]

Don’t Die Intestate, Like Prince !

Intestate: without a will.  It is stunning news that Prince had no will. What a [...]

Be A Quitter !

Book Review: GRIT, the Power of Passion and Perseverance As I prepare for my upcoming [...]


TV Not To Miss

Something really strange happened last night. I stood up in front of the TV screaming [...]

Hitchhking by Airplane

In the fall of 1968 I hitched a ride from Austin, Texas to Los Angeles. [...]


Humor of the Week

Mr. and Mrs. Carrot are walking down the street.  Mrs. Carrot steps into the crosswalk [...]

The Best We Have To Offer Each Other

Nic Askew’s amazing short film. A daughter reflects on what a father did when he [...]

Upcoming One-Man Show: Dena, Freud, and Me

My upcoming show will feature a couple of musical numbers. Here is a special preview [...]

My Love Affair With Venus

Visiting Paris in 1970, I spent a day at the Louvre. I wandered from room [...]

Dear Hollywood: Stop With the Drugs and Sex

Ray; Walk the Line; I Saw the Light; Born to be Blue; Miles Ahead; LaBamba; [...]


Q: What Do Donald Trump and O.J. Simpson Have in Common?

A: Supporters Driven by Emotion Their millions of supporters feel “dissed.” The Trump supporters are [...]


Why I Loved Merle Haggard

Voice That low, velvet baritone would take me to some other place. One of the [...]

The last words of Steve Jobs

Apart from work, I have little joy.  I realize that all the accolades and riches [...]



My last blog post on “Connecting the Dots of Our Lives” received a good response. [...]

The Amazing Dr. Allen Wheelis

One of my professors in grad school recommended “How People Change” by Dr. Allen Wheelis, [...]

Connecting the Dots of Our Lives

The meme of “connecting the dots” has become a cliché ever since 9/11. Somehow, the [...]


Grandpa says goodbye to Rickey

A Writing Experiment Last year I took a two-day writing class at Stanford. One assignment [...]


Why We Love Conspiracy Theories

Who killed Antonin Scalia? The CIA? Obama? Within hours of his death, the conspiracy theories [...]

My One-Man Show: Turning Points; Am I A Complete Phony?

What have been the major turning points in your life? You know, the time you [...]


Top Ten Reasons Why Beer Is Better Than Religion *

10. No one will kill you for not drinking beer   9. Beer doesn’t tell [...]


The End of My Corporate Career

As manager of Corporate Communications at Amdahl, 1984 – 1985, I wanted our team to [...]