Monthly Archives: September 2012

If I Use Pinterest, Am I “Unmanly?”

It seems to me that the world of Pinterest is overwhelmingly inhabited by women.  After futzing around with Pinterest this morning, re-pinning stuff I found intriguing (Yeah, like this photo of a gun being fired underwater.  Can you see the … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Birthday

Today is my mother’s birthday.  She has been dead now for more than a quarter century, but many days I think about her and wish I knew what she’d think about something or another, usually something related to language. She … Continue reading

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I love you without knowing how, or when or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there … Continue reading

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A Love Affair

For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with early mornings.  This morning, out of the blue, I think I came to understand why. After I awaken from a night’s sleep and shake off the haze … Continue reading

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The New Malthusian Imperative

If the world’s population is allowed to grow unchecked, there will come a time when the planet cannot sustain those who inhabit it.  Simple extrapolations of population growth, coupled with measured analyses of the rate of growth in food productivity, … Continue reading

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He who knows he has enough

I keep a book on my desk: The Essence of Zen: An Anthology of Quotations.  When I feel the need to reflect on myself, life in general, and the world I live in, I pick it up.  I find myself … Continue reading

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Must We Be Subservient?

I am writing this post to try to sort out, in my own mind, an issue involving people and work.  Perhaps putting down in black and white my evolving thoughts will help me come to grips with the issue. Specifically, … Continue reading

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View of the Earth from ISS

I found this video of the International Space Station flying over the earth extremely interesting. Set to music, it is an experience to behold.

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Residential Segregation by Income

Yesterday, my wife and I went for a drive.  It was a relatively short drive, just a few miles, but  it was as if we drove into another dimension.  Just a few miles north of where we live in north … Continue reading

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Today.  What about today?  Nothing of any real import, but I am not happy about it.  I have not been able to address the world the way the world deserves to be addressed.   Such is life.  That is the … Continue reading

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Tilting at Windmills

I was surprised and pleased to see the size of the turnout at a seminar this morning, sponsored by Dallas Water Utilities, on water-wise landscaping.  I estimate there were a couple of hundred people in attendance. Unfortunately, the demographics of … Continue reading

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Considering the Concept: Selfishness

A good friend, someone I’ve never met but who has become a good friend nonetheless, made a comment to me that piqued my interest.  He said he was considering writing an analysis of selfishness, what it is and how it … Continue reading

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About Facebook

A few people have asked me why I shut down my Facebook account and whether I’ll be back. I’ve explained to them, a few of them at least, that my reasons for leaving were many, but the real trigger for … Continue reading

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The Mortar of the Morning

I am back at home, fresh from a five mile walk.  I sit at the breakfast table, the casement windows open wide so I can enjoy temperatures hovering in the low 60s.  The clear sky this morning is bright but … Continue reading

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The Game is Not Worth the Candle. Again.

If you are among the few who have read my comments in years past, you may recognize my assessment of the political choices that face us this November: the game is not worth the candle.  It hurts me deeply to … Continue reading

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Black Bread

It’s rare that I am able to eat pumpernickel. My wife does not like it, so I rarely buy it, as I would have to eat the whole loaf myself, which I can do but which is not a good … Continue reading

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Susanne Sundfør – White Foxes

While I was driving back home from my grocery store run this afternoon, I heard a piece of music I liked quite alot. When I got home, I looked for more information. Here is a video of the piece I … Continue reading

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A Just Reward

I reward myself with trips to the grocery store. Finally, after yielding to the weather and my own slothful indolence for several days, I got out and mowed the lawn a few hours ago.  Inasmuch as I did the deed … Continue reading

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Little Luxuries, Big Essentials

Fall weather is upon us, for the moment, at least temporarily ameliorating my loathing of the north Texas climate. With temperatures in the mid-sixties to start the day, I can tolerate Dallas weather for the moment. I welcomed yesterday’s on-again, … Continue reading

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Based on the trailer we watched yesterday, I expected Rampart to be much better than it was.  My wife picked up something different; she had no interest in watching it, so after I reserved it online on Redbox and then … Continue reading

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Precipitation Leads to Pictures and Painting

In spite of evidence of recent light rain, I left the house for my morning walk.  Because I opted to sleep in a bit after my alarm woke me, I didn’t get out of bed until 5:20 a.m. and didn’t … Continue reading

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Mourning Shadows

Inexplicable shadows mill about in the pre-dawn darkness, shadows that follow the early-morning walker, occasionally darting in front of him, then slipping quickly from view. Street lamps and the headlights of passing cars and the weak light of a waning … Continue reading

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A Homicidal Mood

For months, my wife and I were devouring episode after episode of Homicide: Life on the Streets.  We would get at least two DVDs at a time from Netflix, watch one, then send it back immediately so its successor would … Continue reading

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A contemporaneous record of an odd and horrible dream

It’s Friday morning at 3:30 am and I just awoke from a horrific dream.  Here is what I remember: The incident from which I awoke involved a woman I know who, in the dream, had just been involved in selecting … Continue reading

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No Light

Politics is becoming an increasingly vile, disreputable, dangerous business.  I watch political candidates and their surrogates attack one another with no regard to core issues.  They attack with the sole purpose of drawing blood, hurting their opponents, tricking their constituents … Continue reading

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