Stodghill Says So

An opinionated posting on a variety of subjects by a former newspaper reporter and columnist whose daily column was named best in Indiana by UPI. The Blog title is that used in his high school sports predictions for the Muncie Evening Press.

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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Trouble Comes So Easily to a Man

It's true, you know. Even the most innocent of men - a man such as myself, for example - finds that through no fault of his own he is up to his neck in trouble. More often than not this is because of a woman. Particularly a wife. Now Jackie is as fine a wife as a man could hope for, yet there are times when it's obvious she's out to pin me to the wall. Being a woman, she has the knack that all of them seem to possess for taking the most innocent actions or words of a man and make them come out far different than intended. It's a little like a fly being led step by step into the web of a spider. Before this gets me into additional trouble let me make it clear that in no way am I implying that Jackie has any of the characteristics of a hungry spider.
Now about that trouble I'm already in. I sometimes check out the PublishAmerica message board. When a person posts a message, his or her picture accompanies it. Today, as I was innocently reading a post, Jackie came into the room and said, "Why is it that every time I come in here you're looking at the picture of a woman?"
"I'm not," I explained. "This is a message board and there are pictures with the messages."
"But you're always reading a message from a woman and looking at her picture. Are women the only ones that post messages?"
"Of course not. There are just as many men on the board as women."
"Then why is it that every time I come in you're looking at a woman?"
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