About the Author

Graham has been journaling entries in his personal notebooks since he left high school in 1960, not realizing then that this activity would gradually become his version of the unexamined life—a concept first espoused by the ancient philosopher Socrates, who lived in Athens circa 400BC. The Essays in this blog provide some insight into his search for the meaning of life.

Graham in Navy

Graham quit high school when he turned 17 and joined the Navy, where he participated in the John Glenn space flight recovery, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the hunt for the USS Thresher. He also was able to see a lot of South America and the Caribbean. By the end of his tour of duty, he was a Petty Officer 2nd Class (STG2/E5), and was admitted to his hometown university, based on the results of standardized tests. He graduated with a BA in English Literature. It didn’t take long for him to realize that a BA in English doesn’t open any doors that a high school diploma doesn’t open. Because he had already received training in Navy analog computers and electronics, he was able to return to university to study digital computers. He earned a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Information Science.

Graham in 2006

Graham in 2006

While Graham was very successful in the world of technology, he could never quite let go of the world of the arts. He found himself trying to blend the arts, literature in particular, with real life to perhaps come to a more balanced understanding of what it means to exist. The Short Stories in this blog are his attempt to understand life from this point of view.

We need both, he would insist. The practical materialistic pragmatist to ask why? And the dreamer-idealist to ask what if? It’s a little like finding a unified field theory for the Great Chain of Being. In either case, Graham feels that all of us need closure as we get older, on the meaning of life. We need to feel like it was worth the trip.

I believe it was Samuel Johnson whose last words were, “What the hell was that?”As we inch our way to the inevitable, Graham’s last words will be, “I don’t know, but I wouldn’t have missed it at any price.”


  1. I’ve returned from my cyber-break and was stopping by for my usual read of your latest post, and was taken aback by your new presentation. I’ve spent the last hour rummaging around it, and like it a lot.

    I hadn’t read any of your short stories before. I hadn’t realized what a talent you have. I am definitely coming back for more.

    On a different note, I found myself actually laughing at the utter frankness of your two recent posts. I guess you might say the same thing about some of my posts – and we definitely are on the same page. Reading what I think in the words of someone else is something of a trip, however. I’ll be back!

    • Welcome back! Thanks for your comments—Very uplifting, as usual. I only hope I can finish the next one soon. A lot of interest has been expressed in the proof of our nonexistence. It seemed like the next logical place to go: first we question the existence of god; then we question the existence of man. Has a nice ring to it.

  2. I believe there are decent thoughful people having a reasonable knowledge of human events and having no particular agendas, can enhance the lives of others by revealing universal truths though discussions (blogging)based on personal experiences. The retrospective and prospective view we have at this point in human existence is unique. Never before has man been able to know so much, and know so little and yet be so sure of where we came from and so certain that mankinds future could end tommorrow but will certainly end in the near future relatively speaking as the world of the dinosaurs ended with an asteroid or supervolcano like Yellowstone. So I talk to everyone everywhere I go. The innocent conversations I have had with strangers -lead to so many rewarding experiences – I leave nothing on the table everything, I take eveything with me! Best wishes.

    (By the way I give you this just for fun Lincoln said “If I call a dog’s tail a leg, does the dog have five legs? No it doesn’t. A tail is still tail”. Lincoln also told this “tail” using a mule.}

    • You make an interesting point. As the ancients would say, “the only thing I know for certain is that I don’t know.” Thanks for dropping by, and for causing me to pause a few minutes to think a bit about life.

  3. Hi! Loved your stories! K : )

    Thanks! I am rather new at this and appreciate the feedback.

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