Tag Archives: Personal

Just For One Day

I used to play this song in the car every day as I drove to visit my mother in the nursing home.  It helped. I would go in her room, and make her smile and sometimes even laugh.  I could raise the spirits of everyone in the room with her.  I could be a hero, …

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Tiny Note

After trying Instagram for a few weeks, I decided it’s not for me. The advertising overwhelmed and dominated the experience.  I felt hundreds of invisible hands tugging at my wallet, and it wasn’t clear what exactly I was getting in return. So I left.

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Fit

The engineering company I worked for in East Texas (discussed previously) came to an interesting end. They had been in business for decades, and had made a nice profit doing small jobs at local oil and gas pumps and refineries. The people they had hired were take-charge types who could dive in and do it …

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The Scarlet A

My worst experience with Christian extremism was at a little engineering company in East Texas. They’re out of business now. In East Texas, politics and religion have merged into one unholy totem. They would listen to the Rush Limbaugh show on the radio, and turn the volume up loud enough that I couldn’t drown him …

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Made Him Stronger

When I worked at MCI in the late 90s, they had what they called their “Hundred Years Plan.”  Any time they built or rented a building to house their telecommunication equipment, they insisted on having enough room to handle a projected hundred years worth of expansion. MCI is out of business now. They went all-in …

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Vibing

One of the advantages, I guess, of growing older, is that we’ve lived through The Worst That Can Happen and carried on.  It makes us a bit bulletproof. (Like so many images, the artist’s name has been lost in a sea of reposts.  I believe it was originally in Spanish, and recaptioned somewhere along the …

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Memories

There are two little events from my life that have been on my mind lately. I don’t know why, after all these years, these memories have bubbled to the surface, but here they are, so I may as well share them. (Boy that was a lot of commas. Four commas in a single sentence is …

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Mom and Martha Graham

One of the silly games I used to play with my mother was pretending to know celebrities we didn’t. She’d say “I saw in the paper that Prince William is getting married,” and I’d respond “Really? I had him ’round for tea the other day and he didn’t mention it.” That sort of thing. So …

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Who Was That Masked Man? And What Did He Say?

One thing I’ve learned about myself in the Age of Corona is how dependent I am on seeing people’s faces to communicate. It’s very difficult for me to understand speech without the visual component.  Masks effectively mute people. I’ve never liked speaking on the telephone, and always blamed the phones. I thought the connection was …

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Instant

“I am incredibly passionate about my life, I am absolutely unable to hide any emotion. If I wrote a book, I’d have to call it ‘P is for Passion.’ I don’t go in for anything halfway. My feelings about things are instant, on the spot. And my heart is always, always on my sleeve.”  ~Kate …

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Tints of Celestial Beauty

“I prefer by far the warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness. Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.”  ~Anaïs Nin, The Early Diary …

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Past and Present

I live in East Texas.  My father lives three miles away. To get to his house from my house I turn left on Robert E Lee Drive, left on Jefferson Davis Drive, continue past Jeb Stuart Circle, and take a right on Shiloh; a Confederate general, a Confederate politician, another Confederate general, and a Civil …

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