Where Have I Been?

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For about the last week or so I’ve been in bed taking Percocet and listening to Gilbert and Sullivan. I don’t know quite how this combination came to be, but last week, after coming home from gallbladder/hernia surgery, I took my meds, got in bed, and thought, out of the blue, “I’m going to listen [Read More...]

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My Chickens Are Smarter Than Animal Rights Activists

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It’s county fair season here the wild parts of America, which means farm animals, tractor pulls, goat races, games, fair food, rides, and good old American small town entertainment. My wife and daughter are active in 4H, and they’re helping staff the poultry tent this week, as they do every year. My daughter wouldn’t miss [Read More...]

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Return to Blogging? I Think So!: A Bullet List of Random Thoughts and Pictures

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Thanks for you messages and well wishes. My health’s improving, and I’m hoping to get back to work slowly. What’s been happening since I’m gone? Did I miss anything important? Let’s see, what’s been going on in my life for the past few weeks… I was mostly vegetative on the couch or in bed for two [Read More...]

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In the Midst of Life, We Are In Death

Today is two years since my father died. This is what I wrote then, July 10th, 2013.  After a long final illness, my father finally passed away early this morning at the age of 90. Although he lived well and died at home, it was an emotional and physical rollercoaster at the end, and I was [Read More...]

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“I Am Dog!”

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An Analysis of the Cognitive Patterns of the Common House Ivy IVY: Oh please dad, I have to go out! I have to go out SO BAD! I have to pee! Pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease! [kind-hearted human lets dog out in the backyard] IVY. Oh my! GRASS! When did this get here?! I love to roll in it! [Read More...]

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How I Work

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The How I Pray series was inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, which asks tech and business folks a set of questions about their work habits.  I decided to answer those questions myself as a counterpart to the prayer series: ora et labora.  Location: The New Jersey Pine Barrens Current Gig: Writer, editor One word [Read More...]

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Finding That Safe Place in the Imagination, With General Urko and Dinosaurs

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On Monday, Kyle Cupp asked his Mindless Monday Question: What toys from your childhood do you most wish you had with you today? Elizabeth Scalia replied with Answering Kyle Cupp With A Plastic Trumpet and a Scream. I’m  answering with this: If you recognize this as General Urko from Planet of the Apes, then you are probably [Read More...]

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Seven Quick Takes: Things I Saw On Vacation

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We don’t vacate much here, and when we do we try keep it to driveable locations where there’s something to do. The beach vacation is simply a mystery to me. I don’t understand the appeal of flying somewhere to sit on a beach and work on my melanoma. I don’t even like beaches. These criteria [Read More...]

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