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My Favorite Citizen of the Month Blog Posts, 2009

I have a feeling my December is going to be chaotic, so I wanted to thank everyone who came by to read my writing during 2009 NOW.   I read through my archives today, and picked out a few of my favorites.   Do you read through your archives at the end of the year?  I strongly suggest you do it, because it gives you a good idea of where your head was for the last twelve months.

Most of my posts in 2009 were decent enough, but I looked for posts that still “spoke to me” or made me laugh.  I tried to write more for myself this year, and I enjoyed it.    Surprisingly, I feel good about my writing this year.  One troubling aspect of my blog in 2009 posts is how internal the themes became, as if my mind was collapsing onto itself.  My blog theme for 2009 could be titled “Avoiding Real Life.”   For the first time in years, most of my posts had nothing to do with Sophia, at least openly.   Most of my favorite posts were fictional, silly, poetic, or without any connection to my day to day life.  I’m not sure how healthy this is in the long run.  It is something I am thinking about right now.

I split my favorites into three categories, even with five posts.

1)  Stories with 0% Truth Quotient

2)  True (Or Mostly True) Stories


3)  Poetic (or Pretentious, Depending on Your Taste)


Stories with 0% Truth Quotient

Last, part 1 (part 2)

Written on New Year’s Day, it is the story of a man’s passion to stop always being “last.”

The Easy Chair
An unloved boy turns into an easy chair.

The Canasta Group of Boca Raton
A group of senior citizens in Boca Raton watch a naked man taking a shower.

The Wealthiest Man in Town

The wealthiest man in a small pre-war shtetl has a question for his rabbi.

A Master Class

My mother gives sex advice to a female blogger on IM.


True (Or Mostly True) Stories

Very Vague Dispatch from LA, #7

I brazenly share the armrest with a woman on a flight to New York.

48 Rolls

I am embarrassed to carry two giant packages of toilet paper back home from Walgreens.

Aligning the Planets

I am included in a Jewish prayer service during a shiva call in my apartment building.

The Shower Curtain

I frantically try to find a new shower curtain before my mother returns home from Florida.

Family History

I learn the truth about my grandparents.


Poetic (or Pretentious, Depending on Your Taste)

Words Cannot

Words cannot capture the energy I feel around me, all the time…


My life was forever changed when I met you…

Owning My Words

One day I would like to own my words…

The Sacrifice

I walked outside and it was pouring cold rain…

Wood-Grained Turntable

I was reading your writing, listening to the pain in your voices, and then, finally, I heard mine…


  1. vodkamom

    as if I need ANOTHER THING TO DO.


    okay. I’ll do it tomorrow. Only cause you’re so good looking.

  2. Juli Ryan

    What! You told stories that aren’t true? Are bloggers allowed to do that?

  3. headbang8

    Neil, a list that long from my blog would probably cover half the year’s posts. You’re prolific. In a good way.

    Your post on the naked guy in Boca Raton is my favourite because…well, it has a naked guy in it.

  4. Heather

    You ARE getting a lot accomplished while Mrs K is in Florida!

    Thanks for the handy reference list!

  5. Jack

    I think you need to include the GIE as part of this.

  6. The Breeders' Digest

    Neil –
    I was attempting to read aloud your “48 Rolls” post to my husband but found it difficult to do so between my gasps for breath from laughing.

  7. teahouseblossom

    I would say that 2009 was a really good year, blog-wise!

  8. wench

    Your writing provides a pick me up or a settle me down – usually when I most need it – so Thank you.

    However, I would really like to meet your auntie and your mom 😉

  9. caron

    I stop by often to enjoy your writing in all it’s many forms. But, I don’t often take the time to comment and tell you how much color you add to my day. Thanks, Neil!

  10. 3boys1mommy

    Rereading my archives is what caused me to shut down my blog 🙂

    I don’t remember what post you wrote that you “would totally go down on Marisa Tomei *sigh”, but it comes to mind often and always cracks me up when I think about it. I will think of you every time I see her… or was it Mira Sorvino? I get those two mixed up.

    Happy Holidays Neil!

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