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Advice & Companionship for Living in Style
Along the Path to an Increasingly Uncertain Future

Your grumpy old mansplainer, DannyM, is here answering vexing questions and offering more advice than you ever thought you would need. Is he highly knowledgeable or just plain opinionated? (Yes.)
And he’s a walking set of contradictions— a sommelier-turned-truck driver with a knack for solving puzzles and a love of language; an ardent anti-elitist who equally appreciates roadside barbecue and classic French cuisine. He is (somehow) a skeptical positive thinker who doesn’t automatically accept the official explanation of anything. Instead, he strives to examine every important issue from multiple perspectives and then arrive at his own conclusions.

A TABLE serves many different functions.

Along with dining, we use a table for such activities as writing letters, playing ping-pong and billiards, negotiating international treaties, conducting business meetings, and contesting the world chess championship. DANNY’S TABLE is a home for essays about a broad range of topics united in the purpose of making life in these increasingly challenging times more livable, more enjoyable, and more interesting.

Can a restaurant exist only in cyberspace?

Why not? (If you’ve ever managed one, you’ll surely appreciate the advantages.) The CAYUGA LOUNGE was born in DannyM.’s short fiction, THE CA-LO SIGN. While the restaurant is imaginary, the recipes are real—

click HERE for an ever-expanding compendium of Continental-American Comfort Food from half a century ago… the era of muscle cars, bell bottoms, and avocado-colored appliances.

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There’s a smarter way to shop for groceries. What’s the best exercise machine in the worldGood Merlot is still good wine, and potatoes can be heavenly. Hunting for vintage sweaters is fun and rewarding. And yes, you CAN eat oysters year ‘round.


Join us at The Table and you shall be regaled with all this and more

by grumpy old mansplainer DannyM and his contributing cohorts.

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"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth more than ten years’ mere study of books."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"If I am more Fortunate than others I need to build a longer table, not a taller fence."

- Tamlyn Tomita

"If you're not at the table, you might be on the menu."

- Way Too Many People

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