Tag Archives: Personal

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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This, That, and

The “otherkin” are a unique group. They’re defined as “a subculture who socially and spiritually identify as not entirely human.” I kind of like that idea. I was reading an article about elephants, and how their brains are wired almost exactly like humans, and it suddenly struck me how species-centric that view is– you could …

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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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Quintet

We have five cats, all rescued from various shelters. The oldest, Melody, was named by my wife, Mona, who wanted something musical. Mona plays the guitar, drums, keyboard, and xylophone, and carries a tambourine in her car to play along with the radio. Melody is a beautiful tortoise cat, and if she were human she …

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Old/Young

“Do you want to let yourself be defined by your possessions or by your job? I mean this as a serious question, because you could identify yourself with your job or your money or your possessions. Or you could identify yourself with your inner qualities and with happiness. It really is up to you.”  The …

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Forces Build

The two big theories in geology are Gradualism and Catastrophism. Gradualism preaches that change comes very slowly over a long period of time, Catastrophism teaches that forces build over a long period of time but release in a sudden burst. The classic example of the competing theories is the Grand Canyon. If you live in …

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ETC

One of my first dates with Mona was to an Earl Thomas Conley concert.  We heard about it at the last minute, dropped everything and took off.  I’m so glad we did. It was an unforgettable night. Mona took an album with her, and he signed it for us after the show.  It’s framed and …

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Half-Convinced

“When I saw the house again, after the death of my aunt Margaret in 1978, the silences of the vast rooms seemed to speak of boyhood pleasures. I am half-convinced that houses somehow soak up the psychic experience of their inhabitants; there are certain houses that have a mean-spirited or discouraged air, and there are …

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The vast majority of immigrants crossing our southern border are motivated by hunger and desperation. The debate should be over the best way to help these people, not the most cost-efficient way to keep them out.

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