About TouchOfGray


I've always been reluctant to label myself as a writer. That has come to strike me as somehow presumptuous. But I like to write, and I do it every day, more or less, even if many of those words never find their way out into the wider world. I've always wanted to be a writer, however, for as long as I can remember, and I've been fortunate enough to have published stories, essays, literary criticism, and two novels over the years. But it's been a dozen years since I've published or even submitted anything for formal publication. Somewhere along the line, I seem to have lost my way. With age, it seems that the world becomes less comprehensible, not more, and the notion of what it is I want to say about it all drifts ever farther away from this tattered shore.

Despite that somewhat melancholy introduction, I am nevertheless a fairly light-hearted person for the most part, grappling with the ever-increasing existential issues that age seems to pose, always on the lookout for beauty, humor, and the sublime. I will confess that there is a bit of hedonist in me that has chipped the paint on my good intentions from time to time. But striving to be a better person, like striving to be a better writer, is the work of a lifetime.

Tony Zee
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Reading, writing, more reading, art, design, the cocktail hour, the garden, tennis, cooking, good pencils, good coffee


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Randy Thoughts & Stuff, #3

I popped down to our local diner, the Sit ‘n’ Stew Café, Friday afternoon for coffee and pie, and guess what? My paperboy, Randy Thoughts, who may just be the smartest person I know, was in there drinking root beer with his girlfriend, Tivka Kaboom. It was a pretty cold day so I was wearing my Snuggie, which always draws admiring looks when I’m out in public. Randy waved and called me...

Added 11 Jan 2018 | Category Musings | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 550 | 3 Comments

Randy Thoughts & Stuff, #2

Last night, when I was saying my prayers, I asked God to make outer space a little bit smaller and to make everything in it a little bit closer, so we could visit some of those places without having to use, like, a trillion gallons of gasoline. That seems like a waste to me. I don’t understand why galaxies are so far away from each other. Talk about sprawl. ♦ As I’ve said, my paperboy...

Added 16 Aug 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 565 | 3 Comments

Randy Thoughts and Stuff, #1

Randy Thoughts is my paperboy. He may just be the smartest person I know. You wouldn’t think that someone as smart as Randy Thoughts would be content delivering newspapers for a living. But you don’t know Randy. Like, one day several months ago. Randy and I were just laying on our backs in my front yard, looking up at the stars. Randy was chewing on a blade of grass. Since it was February,...

Added 11 Aug 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 659 | 1 Comment

Why I Came Back from Outer Space Early

I realized, just around the time I was approaching Saturn, that I’d forgotten to have my mail stopped. It’s very cold there, even if you’re dressed in lots of layers and wear your Snuggie. If you think living someplace where the weather is the same all year ‘round is tedious, let me tell you, it’s a hell of a lot better than the vacuum of space. I’d finished up reading all the...

Added 10 Aug 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4.75 | Views 620 | 2 Comments

Why I Invented Gravy

Because some meats are very dry. For centuries people just drizzled water, or Coke, on their overcooked cutlet or Grandma’s Classic Thanksgiving Sawdust Turkey, and this really just made their plates a gloppy mess. Do you really want Coca-Colo leeching into your Brussels sprouts? You're welcome. Because for a long time, no one really wanted to moisten their meat with “pan drippings.”...

Added 02 Aug 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 462 | 1 Comment

Carl Variations

1 “Oh Carl, you can’t expect me to believe that someone stole your pants at the gym, can you?” Carol asked. There was no heat in her voice, yet, which surprised and momentarily pleased her. “My left sock, too,” he lifted his bare foot and waved it toward her somewhat lamely. “My pants and my left sock.” “Carl.” “I know,” he said with a tone of concurrence. “It’s inexplicable.” ...

Added 01 Aug 2017 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 658 | 2 Comments

Kiss the Bride

Randall was propped against the Formica and vinyl-clad wet bar at the Alverton Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall. At the opposite side of the space, next to a long table of cookies, the polka band had launched into a zesty rendition of the Chicken Dance. Guests wove through a garden of dining tables toward the dance floor. Randall tipped his glass toward a purple-chiffoned bridesmaid...

Added 20 Apr 2017 | Category Humor | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,237 | 5 Comments

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