Category Archives: Personal

Vacation

Season 5 of Everybody Loves Raymond opens with a two-parter that finds the Barone family on vacation in Italy.  It has become one of my favorite episodes. It was almost certainly sponsored by the Italian Tourism Board.  There are very few jokes and absolutely no plot.  The family just wanders around admiring beautiful sights, eating …

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Clouds

Mona took these pictures of the sky showing the different layers of the clouds.  Not bad for a cell phone picture!

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Oasis

I know I’ve lost a step cognitively. I’m easily overwhelmed, easily frustrated. I can’t do many of the things I used to do. Now I’m the car other drivers honk and gesture at because I’m slow and overly cautious. I used to be the one who showed other people how to network their computers and …

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Maple Leaves

It’s surprising how many people I know have looked into this.  If Canada ever offers open enrollment, there’ll be a stampede.

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Petty Concerns

“If we are attached to petty concerns and never aspired to anything great, we won’t accomplish much. What is petty and what is great? Petty is for oneself alone, for immediate gratification, and for harmful deeds, while great is for the many, for the long term, and for positive pursuits. Look closely– what have you …

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And there’s no clock.

Rougie hit a walk off home-run last night (video link). One of the things I love about baseball is that it’s a celebration of moments.  The Rangers will not make the playoffs this year.  There’s not going to be a pennant, nobody is going to kiss a trophy. But that doesn’t matter.  Rougie homered in …

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How To Be Handsome

On my bookshelf is a copy of Romantic Stories from Swiss History, published by Hurst & Company.  It was given to my great-grandfather on his seventeenth birthday, September 7, 1895.  It’s kind of a mystery why he was given that book and why he kept it– he was not Swiss. At the back of the …

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Stuck In A Moment

A few times a week my wife Mona texts out a “question of the day” to all her friends.  The most recent one was, “What is your superpower?” Most people demurred or responded with a joke.  My answer was, “I can do things even when I don’t want to.”  I’ve lived with depression my whole …

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Sunflowers

We feed the birds, and in exchange they plant us sunflowers: •

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Hello, darkness

Sleeplessness has become a problem for me. I fall asleep easily, then I’m awake in the middle of the night consumed with worry, then I fall back asleep. If this happens on one of the two mornings the alarm isn’t set, then I sleep in and do fine; if it’s not, then I’m in for …

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Etymology

W. Bush’s administration debated what really constituted “torture.”  The Trump administration is concerned with the proper definition of “concentration camp.” I think it says something about our country that these are the words we’re splitting hairs over.

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MLK

Somebody wrote a book attempting to discredit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by documenting alleged infidelities. If they are true, then I think the lesson we should take away from this is that it’s possible to do great things, world changing things, even if we are deeply flawed as individuals. That’s inspiring to me, and …

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