AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Photo of the author at age 28 sitting at a table in the law library studing
Photo of the author at age 28 sitting at a table in the law library studing
The author, a mere child at 28, in second-year law school | from the author’s collection

I’m new on Prism & Pen. This is my way of saying hello to Prism & Pen’s and Medium’s interested members. I hope it will be an entertaining and insightful introduction to a man who’s been on the planet a long time and has a chest full of adventures, triumphs, and defeats to relate.

Thanks for noticing.
Steve Alexander (alxfyv.Medium@gmail.com)

I’m a retired attorney. (The lawyer is the short-tempered, surly, mealy-mouthed, little SOB on the other side.) I love the English language. I love writing. I was a word mercenary beating up horribly on horrible people. Society not only approved but also paid me well. …


RELATIONSHIPS | REGRET | FATHER AND SON

These Are Two Potent Memories of Our Fathers, Good and Bad, Present and Absent, That We Carry with Us Day by Day

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RELATIONSHIPS | MOTHER & SON | I MISS YOU

A Thanksgiving Story

Photo: Christmas cactus in full bloom. Brilliant fuchsia color.
Photo: Christmas cactus in full bloom. Brilliant fuchsia color.
Christmas Cactus | from the author’s collection

First Things First

Hello, how are you, and all that jazz?

Second Things Second

I miss you.

Third Things Third

Marcia (that’s my sister, your daughter, in case you forgot in your Alzheimer’s) misses you.

Fourth Things Fourth

Grandma misses you. You remember Grandma. You told her you wanted a box of Godiva chocolates in your casket.

She said, “I don’t see why. Where you’re going, they’ll just melt.”

Fifth Things Fifth

When are you coming home?

Sixth Things Sixth

How the Devil are you?

Seventh Things Seventh

I got covid-19.

Marcia tested negative the same day I tested positive. Symptoms started for me on Friday last. By Sunday, it was serious. I went to the Regional Urgent Care clinic. That’s where I tested positive, and Marcia negative. Wonder of wonders. The doctor said I was severely dehydrated. He said that dehydration and covid are a foolproof recipe for a visit from Thanatos. He sent me to the ER for blood work and IV fluids. I slept until noon Monday, woke up, and had no symptoms. I felt even better Tuesday. …


U.S. POLITICS | THE SENATE | GEORGIA SENATORIAL RUNOFFS JANUARY, 2021

An Open Letter to the Georgia Voting-Eligible People Who Supported Joe Biden

Photo: Raphael Warnock, Democratic candidate for junior senator from Georgia 2020.11.19
Photo: Raphael Warnock, Democratic candidate for junior senator from Georgia 2020.11.19
Raphael Warnock | credit: Wikimedia Commons | Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

The message is simple. In the Loeffler v. Warnock runoff in January 2021, vote for Raphael Warnock.

If Georgia returns Kelly Loeffler to the Senate, Biden’s agenda will be stillborn.

What a shame it would be for Georgia to have voted for a Biden presidency and then to be the one state to render it impotent to change anything by giving the Republicans a Senate majority.

In both Congresses in his second term, Barack Obama was saddled with Republican control of at least one house of Congress.

In the Congress in his second term’s first half (Jan. 2013–Jan. 2015), the 113th Congress,
● Democrats held the Senate (Dem. 53, Ind. 2, Repub. 45), but
● Republicans controlled the House (Dem. 201, Repub. 234). …


POLITICS OF THE UNITED STATES | 2020 ELECTION | A DIVIDED AMERICA

Trump may be leaving. The deep and deeply consequential 50/50 divide in U.S. politics continues to haunt American dreams.

2020 Presidential Election Electoral College Map (220.11.15 03:05) | © The New York Times
2020 Presidential Election Electoral College Map (220.11.15 03:05) | © The New York Times
2020 Presidential Election Electoral College Map (accessed 2020.11.15 03:05) | © The New York Times (reproduced under fair use doctrine)

In his Medium article “America’s Long National Nightmare Is Coming to an End,” Jay Sizemore advances the twin propositions that:

(1) America’s “long national nightmare” is coming to an end and
(2 ) “the people” have spoken and elected Biden.

I find these disconcerting. Each is representative of a kind of unsupported, generalized overstatement that may have value as a rally-round-the-cause battle cry or as propaganda-speak, but little benefits sober public discourse. They give the wrong impression. They misstate reality. …


LIFE | LIFE’S ADVENTURES | AUTOBIOGRAPHY | THE CONSEQUENTIAL and TRIVIAL, HUMOROUS and TRAGIC, and SPIRITUAL and WORLDLY

The Many Adventures of a 72-Year-Old Fat Fart

Photo: old man running on a country road listening to music
Photo: old man running on a country road listening to music

This story responds to the writers’ challenge prompted by CR Mandler MAT.

So, here we are — my life in a list of stuff both consequential and trivial, humorous and tragic, and spiritual and worldly.

That’s what this list is supposed to be, right? An introduction to my life through a list of lifeless stuff:

  1. I’ve had five cats; four are dead now. Jackson is a hoot.
  2. The longest time I lived in any one place before I was 58 was 10 years in San Diego.
  3. The shortest time I lived in any one place before I was 58 was eleven months in Ithaca, N.Y. …


MEDIUM | WRITER’S TIP | IMAGE & SOURCE CITATIONS

When writing on the Internet and Citing Image or Internet Sources, there Are Various Formats One Can Use.

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I Am A Writer | credited: Ramdion on Pixabay | NeedPix (Creative Commons Zero License)

Note: If you find the figures below too small to read the information, use your browser’s zoom feature to enlarge the display.

You can see the method I’ve developed for myself in the caption of the featured image above. It’s in this format:

<Image Name> | credited: <photographer’s name> | <source website> ([licensing rights])

Text enclosed in <> is a hyperlink. Image Name is the name I choose to give the image. In my use, it relates in some fashion to the story or article I’m writing. <Image Name> is a link to the image itself. <photographer’s name> links to his portfolio, website, or email address¹ if neither of the former exists. …


LIFE | SELF-REVELATION | AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Honest Answers to Eighteen of Marcel Proust’s Questions About Oneself That Might Reveal More About One Than One Would Want

Image: black and white portrait of Marcel Proust as a young man — perhaps 20.
Image: black and white portrait of Marcel Proust as a young man — perhaps 20.
A 20-something Marcel Proust | Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons License)


SELF-IMPROVEMENT | SCHOOL | STUDY HABITS

It’s a simple formula. Success requires work. Work requires time and concentration. Put in the time. Do the work. Success will follow.

Image from above of a man studying showing his arms and the desk only.
Image from above of a man studying showing his arms and the desk only.
Studying | credit: Ben White | Unsplash

There are study habits and techniques available to any student that will increase his performance and grades if only followed. But, the techniques take time and discipline to develop into habits. Once in place as study habits, they take time and discipline in their application every day.

Time implies work. These techniques will be unsuccessful without the work. Work implies effort — brain effort — much of it. Concentration, which you will note is the first among the techniques listed, is hard. Extended, hard concentration is what is required.

In elementary school, beginning in first grade, we had homework every night. In the small apartment where I lived, my desk was in the dining room, open to both the kitchen and the living room. There were five of us, my parents, me, and my brother (four years younger) and sister (six years younger). While my mother prepared dinner and washed up afterward, while my father watched TV, while my brother played noisily and incessantly, and while my sister (1-year-old) burbled and gurgled and cried at times, I had to do my homework at that desk. …

About

Alex🏳️‍🌈🇺🇸

Retired litigator (word mercenary). Voracious reader. INTP. Liberal(!) Democrat. Spiritual Atheist. Complex. Intelligent. Gay. alxfyv.Medium@gmail.com

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