Thanks for the good times.
About the same time I am typing this, 7 years ago today, I received a call that mom was in the hospital in a great deal of pain.
I had recently taken over her finances at her request, to the consternation and complaints from some other relatives who claimed they were "helping" her. They were helping themselves to her money. She had me take over as her Power Of Attorney and she began to save each month instead of being penniless. I moved her into a very nice facility where she…Continue
I wondered if things are the same here in the waterlogged Pacific Northwest as other places.
Maybe it has something to do with the pounding in our heads from rain hitting the roofs, winds lifting shingles, transformers blowing up when the lines are coated with ice, etc. It's become nerve wracking.
Before you tell me that winter is worse where you live though please consider that the National Weather Bureau ( I may have made that up, but it's similar) has deemed our…Continue
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I have become so dis-enamored of hope lately that sentences won't come together. I find it incomprehensible that these times are upon us.
I won't buy into citizens being the absolute evil beings some are portrayed to be, because they voted for…Continue
I'm trying to push through a man-sized head cold and fever. Work doesn't go away so I try to handle what I can from the laptop and phone. For the most part things are under control but generating new business is impossible when you know a sneeze that sounds like Tarzan on a vine may burst out at any…Continue
It's going to be lost to future generations if we're not diligent about its importance.
The popularity of Truth has hit an all time low.
The other evening, right before I left work my friends were shooting e-mails back and forth about our current times. I had mentioned that I was on a bit of mental retreat and was inclined not to read or write anymore.
They're good friends and don't give weight to such. I say stuff like that all the time and they stay in touch…Continue
From the Interstate highway, on the route I drive each day it is possible see four of the great peaks of The Cascades; Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier. Weather determines which ones will show on any given day, as it takes great force from sweeping winds to make them all appear at the same time.
Sometimes however as the sun begins to set, casting a strawberry glow across their facade it can seem for a brief moment that time is standing still, that I am…Continue
I cannot remember not seeing any Presidential inauguration in my life.
Of course. I cannot remember the details of anything else I haven’t seen either.
Wait. This is backwards and poorly constructed, which sort of makes sense, all things considered.
I always wanted to start a story that way. Give it a Rod Serling vibe.
But I'm late to the party. Others have thought of it already, engineered it and are in the process of making it real.
It's completely out of my hands. Yours…Continue
Est-ce tu comprende?
Pardonez moi. En Anglais.
What is it that we should be fearing? Right now.
Loaded question you think? Why should we fear ?
The front door is locked. The porch light goes…Continue
My Irish buddy says "Next One ! ", or at least did, after working on our most arduous days. Some of our under-house reconstruction jobs meant hours on our backs with the same tools needed when one is standing and building. It would be incredibly difficult and painful, and at the end of the day our…Continue
I returned from a break out of town, got into some household chores and saw my friend John down by the curb. I'm going to tell you about John at the bottom of this piece.
Tuesday was the day that we gathered to lay to rest a friend of mine. He was a very close friend for 50 of the last 55 years. We had experienced a terribly unpleasant estrangement the last few years but Tuesday wasn't about that at all.
I vacillated for two weeks about whether to go or not and decided it was…Continue
This recent President-elect is a louse.
I know that is disrespectful...to other louses.
I say that because he is stupid.
“Art of the Deal”? Ghost written. Can’t even write his own book about what he does/doesn’t do.
Way too stupid.
Can’t finish sentences when he speaks.
Way too stupid.
Can’t tell the truth to save his soul.
Way too stupid.
Some people think it’s not PC to use a term like stupid. It’s demeaning to people…Continue
The region is iced in. Roads are impassable except for emergency services.
This is a rare event in the area and can cause great damage. A big branch broke off the pear tree out front and narrowly missed my truck. My house is elevated form the street and it's not even safe to to try to make it to the sidewalk.
My life-long friend died the other day.Alone in the life he chose. We were the tightest of neighborhood friends, through college,life changes,…Continue
I was a math nerd.
I couldn't get enough. By the time I made it through geometry though in the 2nd year of high school I was finished. It had less to do with not understanding as it did with no longer caring.
That, and the knowledge that I'd never get another math teacher as…Continue
The Oxford English Dictionary has named its word of the year for 2016 : "post-truth".
The OED has over 600,000 words in it and has been around for over a 1000 years. It is an enormous book of course. Almost too big to lift, but now like most things can be found online :…Continue
I do not have the chops to parse political assertions and viewpoints like some can.
I stop in here at times to read what has been said by some. I've almost always been able to learn something. Sometimes I even check it out elsewhere, but mostly I approach it like I might approach breezing through…Continue
I was able to catch up on work enough to leave town and work from a lap top for a few days. Today I return to the office and clients.
I have not seen a paper, listened to a radio or watched TV news since last week. My e-mail, full of rage on the part of friends is enough.
Later at the end of the day I am going to start reading a book; "A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination". The reviews have been good. I bought…
Morning e-mail often has something in it from a small group of friends who stay in touch. We've known each other since our teens. Some is meant to provoke others into early a.m. screeds. It generally works.
My friends were in a confab about the detriments of over-intellectualism. One…Continue
I'm more often awake at 5 a.m. Pacific Time than I am not.
In an effort to keep myself entertained at such an early hour, I make coffee, feed and play with my Bengal for a few minutes and then get online.
A group of 5 of us begin e-mailing. These guys are all over-educated, wickedly good writers and screwy. I don't know why they include me.
Well yes I do. I've known them most of a half century. We let in 2 with a conservative bent to act as our foils so behind…Continue