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Sunday, June 30, 2019

For the birds

... squirrels, raccoons, and others... I know some can be problems, like raccoons in the garbage, but I enjoy their visits. I have enjoyed the skunks, the possums, and especially Madame La Darque, my little black squirrel who visited almost daily here for a year and a half. A fox came by one... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Please disregard previous fortune cookie.

What's the best/worst fortune cookie you've ever gotten? Here's one I got yesterday: In order to discover who you are, first learn who everybody else is. You are what's left. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Tired of 'rotting in prison.'

I hope you rot in prison... He's rotting in prison... I don't want to rot in prison... Why does everyone rot in prison? Why, in decades of movies and television, has no one ever come up with anything but 'rotting in prison?' No one ever does anything in prison but rot. They might languish, for... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

What do you miss most?

Nostalgia is such a powerful emotion. The past where we grew up, where we lived with our parents and learned about life, takes on a kind of psychic patina that is meaningful to us, even fuels a kind of yearning. I feel that way abou t some of the cleaning products my mom used that I can no longer... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 25, 2019


The Tower of Babel... Icarus... The Titanic... The story and myth, the history of human hubris. Has there ever been a time when human beings, full of admiration for our own cleverness, our own achievement, have not taken on the gods--the Divine however imagined and understood--and competed for... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 24, 2019

The neighborhood

Used to be so many active bloggers, so many lively conversations! What happened? I know I don't write lately as much as I used to. I read but don't always comment, often meaning to come back again later to comment after I've had more time to consider what I want to say, or am in a more garrulous... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Questions and Answers

My Dad was a scientist, and this was one of his lessons in scientific method: Ask the question you want the answer to. He wanted me to apply this lesson to all questions, and to the next thing which is also a lawyering thing: Answer the question you have been asked. It is amazing how little most of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Survive, Race, Bake!

Since shows like SURVIVOR and AMAZING RACE first appeared, there have been so many so-called reality shows for just about any interest or taste. Taste, of course, is not a high item on the list of production values for many of them, and some are just appalling. I think we could all agree on that,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

To Eat or Not To Eat

What exotic foods would you be willing to try? Which ones would you absolutely not, not even a taste? What is the most exotic food you have eaten, or at least tasted? For me, it's insects, and I would not eat meat from apes or whales or elephants. It gets harder to eat pork, beef, even chicken as I... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Speaking of teachers... I was moments ago in my journal blog, this prompt occurs to me: Who were your most memorable teachers? What grade did they teach? What did you love or deplore about them? Have you kept in touch with any of your teachers? My science teacher in 7th grade was Miss Mihalik. She loved to teach, was... Sign in to see full entry.

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