Monthly Archives: July 2013

Nature bugs me

I love observing how non-human living things live in the world.  I can simply watch a tree moving in the wind, seeing the changes in colors on the leaves as the sun highlights the leaves in bright green and shifts its shadows of dark green.  I can laugh at the antics of the various squirrels… Read more »

Roll up your window!

It was a beautiful day.  A rare day.  Somehow, the constant rain had forgotten to show up and I was coming back from a terrific day of writing at the beach in front of sun-dappled waters.  I was enjoying the day so much I had the windows down and the moon roof open.  Nature itself… Read more »

Writing myself out of a corner

After weeks of continual rain (morning, noon and night), today was supposed to be a sunny morning (with rain later, ‘natch).  Eh, not so much, though the sun did poke through around mid-morning. But, so what!  Even had it been sunny, I had already made my decision to plop myself down on the patio and… Read more »

Good thing we didn’t find E.T.

It’s closing time for “Family Week”.  Today’s final post relates to my family’s unique challenges with phones. We can start with me, a staunch resister of cellular phones for as long as possible and then even longer.  One was forced on me during my last few years at work (I can’t honestly say it contributed… Read more »

That’s easy!

Stop! Click the picture with great speed, ere the rest of this post you read! Welcome back to “Family Week”.  Today is my younger niece’s birthday and now both nieces have reached the age where they are “easy” on their big days. With both now in college, I no longer have to hunt down cute cards with… Read more »

A bitter pill to swallow

It’s day 2 of “Family Week”, so let’s get to it! My Stepmom is back home attempting her recovery, with Dad doing the caretaking that comes naturally after nearly 50 years of marriage. That means that I am dutifully running around doing the things that dutiful sons do, case in point, picking up prescriptions from… Read more »

Where there’s a will there’s a way uncomfortable conversation

It’s Tuesday already, but we’re still going to call this “Family Week” on the JMD blog, a smorgasbord of posts related to and about family.  You’ll either find new insights about me, nod your head knowingly or count the days until next week.  In any case, it still beats cleaning the kitty litter box. This… Read more »

Out on a limb

Out on a limb Our other monthly feature returns after a brief hiatus. Time to learn the origins of some of those catchy phrases you use or hear so often.  I think you should have no problem “seeing” the theme for this week!     That would explain the divorce rate… Love is blind – … Read more »

Miss Communication

Welcome back! Last time, we shared with you how even that bastion of journalistic propriety, our beloved newspapers, still managed to mess up their communication.  This time, we’ll show you some goofiness from a less careful group, sign makers. It’s come to our attention that some of you think Miss C. may be making this stuff… Read more »

It’s obvious!

Well, at least it is to us… Ever notice how sometimes someone totally misunderstands what you told (or wrote) them?  I mean, jeez, what do you have to do, spell it out for them? Usually couldn’t hurt. My most recent reminder of this difficulty was an email I sent off to my web designer for… Read more »