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Sympathetic irony

Posted by Mickey Platko on May 10, 2013 in Original |

Irony means saying the opposite of what is meant, or doing the opposite of what is intended.

As I write, thunder rolls across the sky like a symphony of kettle drums, the sky is dark as twilight, and rain falls in gigantic slow-motion droplets. If this were a romance novel, the stage would pull up shortly to the haunted mansion, discharging the hero and heroine, who are about to face their nemesis.

But it’s suburbia and the duck in the pond is swimming about, scarfing up duckweed, the neighbor’s chickens are looking to see if my feral stray cat that I’m calling Danny Boy has left a tasty morsel in his dish, and the mail lady just left me an unexpected package with a Mother’s Day gift in it.

That’s irony for you, and not always what you expect it to be.

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Dinosaurs

Posted by Mickey Platko on May 7, 2013 in Original |

Loved Jurassic Park. To all dino lovers, this is like the ultimate fantasy – growing a dinosaur. Sadly, it didn’t turn out so well for those who did, but for a while, we were living the dream. I remember Easters as I was a kid. We went to my uncle and aunt’s house, ate a […]

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Now that’s what I call rescue

Posted by Mickey Platko on May 6, 2013 in Rescue |

My friend Betty was crawling around under a tree behind a fast-food restaurant the other day and saved a cat’s life. Betty, I should mention, is in her 70’s, and she and I belong to the same feral cat maintenance group, Tomball SOS (Save Our Strays). One TSOS member goes out every night and feeds […]

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