Author: Ben Butina


Top of the Ninth

A few years back, I took twelve colleagues to a Pirates game. The American and Japanese spectators cheered for the hometeam, booed the umpire, and jumped out of their seats to watch a double-play. The two Englishmen in the group, on the other hand, gave up and left their seats […]


Experience Matters. Except When it Doesn’t.

This morning I saw a billboard to re-elect Judge So-And-So because “Experience Matters.” I’m not so sure. Since the age of 20, for example, I’ve accumulated two decades of experience in walking. Am I a better walker than I was 20 years ago? Not that I can tell. I’m also […]


These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty

I like to play games with my family at the dinner table. Sometimes it’s Mad Libs or the telephone game. Sometimes we make up our own. The latest is called “These Pretzels are Making Me Thirsty.” It’s based on a book I recently read called Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus. Here’s […]