Monthly Archives: February 2017

Living in the middle ages

The general consensus is that life in the middle ages was pretty awful. Take away the literary glitter of movies and epic fantasy and the picture is generally regarded as pretty bleak and short-lived. So it could also be said how some people consider living in their middle ages. Whether the view from the young… Read more »

Get thee stuffed

I just snuck in under the wire. As I mentioned last month, I’ve committed to using each month in 2017 to cook one of my favorite dishes that I’ve never tried cooking before. It took me most of February to settle on a dish and when I did, it seemed like a no-brainer…how could I… Read more »

The dilemma of being needed

Like many people, I’ve taken away a lot of lessons from my working life. One of the first ones I learned was the more work you do, the more you get. My elder niece is struggling with that realization these days. Another one I learned came later in my career: having all the answers (or… Read more »

Killer tunes

When it comes to music, I’m pretty old school. I mean old school. I was “rocking” classical long before I got to rock. By the time I got to college, I had made it through oldies to mellow (Jackson Browne), but it took a few of my college buddies to introduce me to more traditional rock… Read more »

Definitions

Today’s post is provided as a public service. Many of you engage in political discussions on social media. That’s self-inflicted, but it’s a free country (to this point). I’ve noticed, with some dismay, the tendency for the discussions to devolve into insults. And not even good insults. Mostly bad grammar, poor sentence construction and illogical… Read more »

It’s the personalities

I admire people with memories of their youth. There are some people who seem to have photographic memory of their delivery room…and every incident after then. I’m lucky if I remember a half-dozen things from way back then. I’ve got a memory of an incident with me, my Mom, a wedding and a pickle. I… Read more »

Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

It’s been a while since I posted about Valentine’s Day, with some valid reasons, but long-time readers know it holds a special place for me. There is the unique connection between Valentine’s Day and my Mom. There is the unique connection between Valentine’s Day and my Grandma. There is the unique connection between Valentine’s Day… Read more »

Who cries for the grass

We’re going deep dish weird today, so if you like your blog posts well-grounded (ooh, a pun!), you might need to wait until tomorrow. I’m a big believer in spirituality. Not so much the tantric chants and zen, but more the existential belief in universal consciousness. Some people might name it Mother Nature. Some, maybe,… Read more »

Disrespecter in Chief

It’s time. It’s actually well past time. It’s time to stop with the protestations and pretensions that phrases like “not being politically correct” and “telling it like it is” are equivalent to being rude and insulting. It’s time to admit that “draining the swamp” and “getting things done” are not the same as undermining and delegitimizing…. Read more »

Give it another day

I was set to publish a post about Donald Trump yesterday. In fact, I spent most of my walk composing the post. It was, I felt, a needed statement on Mr. Trump’s newest affronts. And then I nixed it. The tone was mean, fueled by righteous anger and I realized the operative emotion in my… Read more »