Dave Molter

For this week’s column I decided to ignore the political circus in Washington, D.C., and focus instead on another three-ring show set to take place Feb. 7: Super Bowl LV. I’m not here to criticize football, but I’m not a diehard fan. I last watched the Super Bowl to gloat when Darth Brady of…

Dave Molter

I avoided doing a typical “year-end” column in December because my final column of 2020 was published on Dec. 21. I still held out hope that in the 10 days remaining to it, the expiring year would make a deathbed confession and redeem itself. I couldn’t guess if, like a bad tenant, 2020 woul…

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Dave Molter

I’ve been reading more during the COVID-19 lockdown. So it was that I stumbled across an editorial published May 20 in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry. Its three authors put forward the theory that we are dealing with COVID-19 much as we deal with bereavement. That is, we go t…

Dave Molter

The annual convention of the Universal Brotherhood of Demons had just been brought to order by Satan. After a disastrous 2019 conclave on an undiscovered ice giant some 12 billion light years from Earth, Old Scratch had chosen to hold the 2020 convention on Mercury. His choice was welcomed by all.

Dave Molter

A dozen years separated me and my sister, Pat. Despite the age gap, we developed an unspoken bond. I had two brothers and there were only three bedrooms in our small house, so I bunked with Pat – slept on a rollaway bed stuck in the corner. Some nights Pat would let me crawl into bed with he…

Dave Molter

Like so many others who grew up in the 1950s, I’ve seen more than my share of science fiction films with extraterrestrials as their center point. Among my favorites is “The Thing,” with James Arness – later to gain fame as Marshal Matt Dillon on TV’s “Gunsmoke” – playing a rampaging ET who o…

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