Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Reflections on Not Being in Congress

I ran for Congress in 1992 and lost, not because the mic was bad or the election rigged. I just lost. I’ve moved on, but on rare occasions I wonder what … Continue reading

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Elections Really Do Generate Toxic Stress

Feeling grumpy? Deflated? Disoriented? Nauseous? You may be suffering from a raging epidemic known as Election Stress Disorder. Sound like a joke? Who’s laughing? As presidential debates near, the epidemic could turn … Continue reading

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Adjective People and the Pale Blue Dot

Black people. Brown people. Red people. White people. Comedian Hari Kondabolu, whose parents immigrated from India, practices a form of humor than makes people uneasy. Kondabolu says white people are … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Taping America by Storm

Once I impetuously slapped duct tape on my talkative daughter. It never occurred to me this could be an award-winning act. Tape Face, the 38-year-old New Zealand mime who has … Continue reading

September 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Unadventure Kid and the Most Interesting Man

No use parsing words. I’m ticked that I was overlooked once again in the Dos Equis selection of the Most Interesting Man in the World. The Mexican beer producer picked … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Flight of Fancy with Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson would have loved to fly in a modern airplane. The President who comes closest to the American Renaissance Man would relish the aerial perspective of the world that … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Fat Farm Boot Camp Known as Moving

Why go to a fat farm boot camp when you can volunteer to help someone move to a new house. If you are a glutton for punishment, pick someone with a … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment