Monthly Archives: December 2012


The end of a calendar year is an artificial ending, but it is an ending, nonetheless.  It is a time we choose to mark as a milestone, both an ending and a beginning.  The end of a year can be, … Continue reading

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One Thousand Miles in My Shoes

One thousand miles.  To anyone who travels, even moderately, it doesn’t sound like such a great distance.  It’s half the distance between Dallas and Seattle.  It’s less than the distance between Dallas and Atlanta. It doesn’t take long to make … Continue reading

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Early Morning Thoughts

It’s just after 5:00 a.m.  After taking my turn at a few rounds of various word games, I ate a very small breakfast of oatmeal left over from a day or two ago, then finished washing last night’s dinner dishes, which … Continue reading

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The Lost Year, Found

This year, 2012, hasn’t turned out quite the way I envisioned.  Though I don’t regret spending my time as I have these past twelve months, the year wasn’t what I pictured when it started.  I didn’t completely rekindle my entrepreneurial … Continue reading

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Art and Language and Ideas: One and the Same

My wife and I went to Fort Worth today with the objectives of: 1) viewing the exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum entitled, “The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece,” and 2) viewing the exhibition entitled “To See as Artists … Continue reading

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Missing Funerals

The car rental had been confirmed and my plans were made, but plans change.  I will not drive to Corpus Christi tomorrow to attend the funeral of an old friend on Friday morning.  Instead, I will stay in Dallas so … Continue reading

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No Man is an Island

This, one of my favorite poems, speaks so eloquently to the ties that bind us all together.  It explains, far better than any other words I’ve read or written, the reason (with apologies to Paulo Cohelo) tears are words that … Continue reading

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Blind Robins

I spent time on the phone this afternoon with my sister-in-law’s mother-in-law, a ninety-plus-year old woman. Though her eyesight is failing, her mind remains sharp and her wicked sense of humor is equally capable of slicing through a moment. During … Continue reading

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Secular Christmas Gifts and Greetings

Christmas Day, 2012.  Thus far, eight hours and forty-two minutes in, it has been unremarkable. Santa Claus did not visit overnight, nor did we expect him.  My wife and I cast the old man out a few years ago, directing … Continue reading

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The Bonds of Friendship

An old friend, a friend with whom I’ve lost touch over the years, died last Friday.  I know nothing of the manner of his death, only that he died.  A message about his death, from a friend of a friend … Continue reading

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Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major

I always come back to this music when I need to feel that the world is beautiful.

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Yesterday, a shooting in a Connecticut school claimed the lives of 20 children and 6 adults.  I cannot fully process that.  I know I never will.  I choose not to write any more, at least not today, about how I feel … Continue reading

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I walk outside and the cold air takes my breath away.  The biting wind ignores my sweatshirt and tears at me as I make that horrible transition from warm serenity to frigid chaos.  At that instant, when warmth  is stripped … Continue reading

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Practical Jokes

I awoke this morning just after 4:00 a.m.  The blanket and comforter that made the bed snug and comfortable when I went to bed had grown heavy and overly-warm.  I decided to start the day early. The first thing I … Continue reading

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When the Time is Right

It has been more than a week since I’ve posted anything here.  I have good reasons.  But, to avoid giving the mistaken impression that I’m done with this blog, I decided to write this brief note.  The message: I will … Continue reading

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