How Do You Like THEM Apples?

There's nothing quite like the quiet after a storm. Thus my love for the Fifth of July, waking early, hearing only birds and wind through tree and leaf. It makes me feel so, I don't know. Independent of noise. Thank you, God. Yesterday was a passing strange day for this blog. Holidays are slow days …

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Random Thoughts for Another Midsummer Night’s Eve

But two days left to spring and then the longest day of the year on Sat., the 20th. Only why do they call it "Midsummer" (as in "Night's Eve") if it's the first day of summer? I've always wanted to ask a learn'd astronomer that, but they all went into hiding after the Walt Whitman …

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A Day in the Life (Non-Beatles Version)

5:30 a.m. Rise and, first and foremost, get water boiling for a carafe of freshly-ground coffee. The first cup is the best. Always. But that never stopped a man from nursing numbers two and three. 6:00 a.m. Before checking the old inbox, repeat three times: "I need some good news today." Click. See Merriam-Webster's word …

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Just Another Random Thoughts Saturday

What? Time for another "Random Thoughts" post? I thought so. Just finished James Shapiro's Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future. The answer to that title? A lot. Starting with race, moving on to gender, class warfare, immigration, marriage, same-sex marriage, adultery, and left vs. right. I …

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Taking Stock: What the Pandemic Hath Wrought

Covid-19 is all-encompassing. Every aspect of every person's life (country borders matter not) has been affected. Some of it I see reflected in newspaper articles, some not. Some of it everyone would agree upon, some not. Let's take stock: Long hair. The 60s are back, man, as all the barber shops are closed. Men all …

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Wrapped in Simplicity, An Easter Morning Surprise

This morning, appropriate for our times, it was an Easter sunrise service of one. Two if you count the dog. Not planned, actually. In lieu of an alarm clock, I now have an old dog who thinks he's a rooster. At the first gray hint of approaching dawn, he's outside the bedroom door squeaking like …

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Getting Mad as Hell and Not Taking It Anymore

One weird development (of many, trust me) in this Year of Living Virally is what people are doing with extra time at home. Yes, you've read a lot about people Netflixing but not chillin'. Eating. Taking up a hobby. Eating. Painting a room and ceiling. Eating. Reading War and for the hell of it, Peace. …

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