Back by popular demand. Sort of. Really more of an opportunity to vent. We all have things that peeve us, no matter how congenial and pleasant we are. Here are another ten: Leaving garbage carts at the curb for days. Even leaving then in the street. On vacation, no. Just lazy. Backing vehicle into parking … More Pet Peeves, Part 3
The cooling rain charges the air Electrifying the fine mist Smoldering clouds boil away Mother Nature’s emboldened kiss — The hammer strikes the heavens My skin is chilly and alive The anger and fury of nature If vengeful, we shouldn’t survive — But we do, perhaps undeserving Birds resume their vocalisation The ground is recharged … More After the Rain
I heard about this book on CBS Sunday Morning and I knew right away I needed to read this book. ‘If you are in Manhattan, traveling downtown on Fifth Avenue or Seventh Avenue, you can turn only left on Tenth Street. It’s a one-way street, west to east. Left on Tenth is my way home. … More Left on Tenth, A Second Chance at Life: Delia Ephron (a book review)
My companion, the late night tube Forever friends all these years Sleep, the inconsiderate party guest An alternative for late night beers — Maybe I’m actually a vampire Since nighttime is my playground Could this explain my howling And pace restlessly like a wolfhound — I long for my plasma screen Eyes glued on the … More Fell Asleep With the TV On
Retirement is a whole ‘nother universe. Roughly two months in, it feels I’ve undertaken a journey with no idea where I am headed. That is not an awful thing, just not how I envision this part of my life. My decision to retire was made during a tumultuous year, where the landscape changed around me. … More Retirement: 60 Days In
Don’t spit on sidewalk? Interesting phrase. It used to be that bricks were the most common paving solution for sidewalks and streets, in addition to building construction. Why Kansas? That’s often my question, but in this particular case, I wondered about the origin of the “Don’t Spit on Sidewalk” phrase. Aside from not wanting public … More Don’t Spit on the Sidewalk
In a matter of days, I retire from my fulltime job. Twenty-one years is the longest I have ever worked at the same job in my forty year public service career. I could have retired several years ago, but the timing was not ideal. Funny how a complete makeover in your life suddenly becomes the … More Retirement (Recalibrating)
An overdose of existential dulls my cognition Unraveling a thread from a neuron knot Stretching it endlessly around the cosmos Floating above it all, a visceral astronaut ## Newton says we will fall back to Earth Tumbling thru the gray matter of the mind Concentration drifting as synapses fire A Technicolor rainbow but I’m color-blind … More I Had Too Much to Think Last Night
It’s me. I wear a mask, not for concealing my identity or religious reasons, I do not even wear it to protect myself. My concern is other people, yes, even in a society that is all about “me first” and “don’t fence me in.” It is my right to protect the mask-less, and I do. … More Who is That Masked Man?
Can you spend time by yourself and be comfortable doing so? I can. These are my thoughts, experience and reading on the subject. There is a certain amount of misunderstanding and misperception on choosing to be alone at times. Each of us has our own threshold for human contact. The pandemic tested many people as … More Aloneness
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