Writing samples

By JOHN BRENEMAN Ozzie Sweet: portrait of an artist One of the profound honors of working as a journalist is the privilege of peeking into the lives of fascinating human beings. Showing up with a pen and some paper. Sharing a conversation. Then telling their story. I spent about three...

Batman and Robin

(aka, Batman and Shazbot Man) Robin just keeps on inspiring. I was watching Billy Crystal’s tribute on the Emmys when — Holy Jumanji, Batman! — this image popped into my photoshop brain … Batman and Robin Williams Good morning, Gotham City! Share – John...

Humor quiz

OK, so here’s the deal. My bosses are pressuring me to provide 10-15 percent more laughs in each column. So in order to better serve you, the reader, I have compiled this questionnaire as part of my work in the cutting-edge field of humor column research. I’m hoping the data...

Top 10 thoughts about I...

Welcome to the Information Age, aka the Internet Age — where the information on the Internet is served up in bite-sized nuggets with provocatively formulaic headlines for you to click on. Yes, along with countless modern advancements, efficiencies and pleasures, few could deny that the...

Facebook: 57 Things You...

I spent several hours looking at the world’s most popular social media site; you’ll never believe what happened next So I’ve been spending way too much time on Facebook the past couple days and I have learned many things. For example, dogs are a popular and much-loved...

People watching

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For people who like people watching, I recommend pulling up a wooden bench or metal chair in Portsmouth’s brick-lined Market Square. Here in the heart of our historic downtown, one can’t help but feel the pulse of our tiny city by the sea. Now that...

Cat whisperer

I am currently in the midst of planning an elaborate surprise party to celebrate the 11th birthday of my faithful and trusty sidekick, Elwood. So when I overheard someone mention the term “cat whisperer” this week, it set off an involuntary internal analysis exploring the...

Let phony horoscope gui...

Newspaper and online horoscopes are silly, right? The savvy reader knows they’re just pithy snippets of random advice whose actual relevance to our lives is either purely coincidental or completely nonexistent. But they can be fun if not taken too seriously. In that spirit, the...