Month: March 2014

My Prediction for the 2014 Atlanta Braves season

No one asked, but I’m going to go on record here anyway since today is Opening Day (at least as far as the Braves are concerned): the Braves will finish with a winning record, but only just, and finish 2nd in the National League…

The Great Silverware Wormhole?

Does anyone else have silverware in their silverware drawer that you have NO IDEA where it came from, that doesn’t match the set(s) that you normally use? We realized today that we’d accumulated quite a bit in our silverware drawer, tucked in at the…

Kitty Anxiety and Prozac?

We brought home a long-haired black kitty and a short-haired black kitty from the shelter last June. They had always been together, at their previous home, at the shelter, and then with us. I think that they may have been abused at their original,…

The Unbearable Lightness of Ice Cream Cakes

Carole really likes ice cream cakes. I mean she really, really likes ice cream cakes. Even though I can take them or leave them, she used to try to twist my arm into consenting to have an ice cream cake for my birthday every…

Lasagna!

From the vault: Mindsets and You

(I wrote this in the early 1990s when I was a humble student in the Master of Public Administration program at Virginia Tech. Be gentle. That was a lifetime ago.) Here we are now, some years after… Suppose you’re out at the grocery store…

The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System

I worked at a public library in Christiansburg, Virginia between 1990 and 1993 — not full time, by any means, since I was also in graduate school at that time. Working at the circulation desk gave me an excellent, but mildly disturbing, view of…

Yay! I’m Doing Expense Reports

I hate doing expense reports.

Cancer

My heart is heavy today as I worry about cancer. A friend, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, has started chemo today. Another friend is battling stage III lung cancer. A high school classmate passed just a few days ago after a private battle with…

The really important thing about snowshoeing on a frozen lake is …

It’s been a pretty cold winter in Vermont. Lake Champlain froze almost completely over, which it hasn’t been doing as a rule most years recently. Vermonters have an almost religious obligation to get out on the ice and do some wintertime ice fishing, but…

The joie de vivre of raw chicken

In France, if you go into a shop and don’t greet the storekeeper or clerk, they’ll think you’re being deliberately rude. Carole and I learned the truth of this when we were in Paris a few years ago; we never had any problems because…

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