tempus fu**it

Time is certainly flying now at a pace where I recognize the seasons and, if it promises to be an uncomfortable one like with heat and humidity and the prospect of having to forego wearing pants or get near recreational water activities, I can just close my eyes for second and think, “Well, this too shall pass”… and very quickly it does! Continue reading

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thoughts and prayers

I’m taking special note now of how, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, there is a sudden revolt against this common expression of sympathy — an urgent feeling that our “thoughts and prayers” are simply not enough to change what keeps getting purported in this country by misguided and sick individuals. The current election season, as well, has tapped into a strong undercurrent on both sides that is unhappy with the status quo and rejects the typical political rhetoric… real action is clearly needed if we want to disrupt the pattern and maybe reverse some threatening trends. Continue reading

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red giant

Well, I think it’s fair to say most of this election season has had us looking askance at the cast of characters lining up be “leader of the free world,” which should have most of the free world looking for the nearest spaceship. Unfortunately spaceships are in short supply, and Ben Carson won’t share his (badoom-bing). Sorry, too easy… let’s aim higher, people. Continue reading

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meaning of life

about to be revealed, as I am shortly to turn the magic number from that Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series – 42 years old, once the clock strikes 2:45am or so. Like Ted Cruz or Ben Carson on the campaign trail (from what I hear), I’m prepared to be enlightened. Of course I’m more expecting the enlightenment of the Doug McAdams (Douglas Adams, per my fact checker, Google) rather than the biblical variety — that I need to first and foremost, not panic, and always have a towel on hand for intergalactic travel. Continue reading

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hang up your hangups

…I always get hung up on the subject line of these posts, with a lot to say but no name for it, or at least not yet. Similar to how naming a band has always been a mental roadblock for me… thank goodness Karen helped me name our kids. Or they’d still be walking around as Embryos 1 and 2. When the kids fought we could’ve called it an embryo embroglio. And that’s my set, everybody! Nobody? No one’s here? Continue reading

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lowes and behold

Yep, who knew one could walk into a Lowe’s in February and be looking at a brand new kitchen installed by early June? Demo and installation didn’t actually begin until May so really it was a one month project, culminating with the countertop delivery yesterday. There were a couple reasons to worry, including first when they showed up in an Executive Laundry truck. My three-piece suits weren’t due back from the cleaners until next week, I thought… Continue reading

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worm census

Emerging from the storm cellar finally after an endless winter here in Sharon, MA… the snow is finally gone and we’re getting reacquainted with our neighbors and the earth beneath our feet. The garden beckons and it’s time for the annual worm census. I didn’t even have to define what that was for the kids… Isaac was digging for worms the first chance he got and tearing Sydney away from dinner to show her what he found. “Get a good count, son!” I murmured over the mashed potatoes. It’s nice when you’ve got your farmhands so well-trained they’d rather work in the fields than eat dinner. This is my momentary daydream before re-engaging in the nightly battle over nutrition, homework and practicing piano. Continue reading

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