Weeks ago, my realtor friend and I said we'd get together soon at the new house. The plan was to down a bucket of wine and chat about my impressions of living in Rancho Viejo. We still haven't gotten around to it. So, stowing the bucket of wine in the pantry for a later date, … Continue reading When suburbia smacks you upside the head. (Ten reasons to consider living in Rancho Viejo.)
Grrrrrrr. Just when I think I've staked out a subject claim with potential, got the pieces of philosophical query dug up from the muck, sorted them into sensible piles, and am ready to rinse and show off the true gems, I find someone else has already worked this mine! Dammit. I started on a series … Continue reading Nothing New Under the Sun
It's Sunday afternoon. I'm hanging on for all it's worth. Know that feeling? "Oh, no. Only a few hours left of FREEDOM! Crappity crap crap. Just a few hours left. Okay. I'm not gonna do anything I don't have to do. I'm definitely not gonna go anywhere I don't have to go. Because by tomorrow, … Continue reading Like pulling teeth, I tell ya.
I loved this book. Just finished reading it two days ago. I'm probably going to read it again -- or at least parts of it. I'd love to reread the entire thing. Unfortunately I won't have time to do so. Which is one of the reasons I loved this book. What's to love? Friedman is … Continue reading Thomas L Friedman is the perfect bartender.
Ah yes, "two roads, diverged in a yellow wood". Mr. Frost let us all know that our choices will make our lives. Choose carefully. Choose the unlikely, he advised. Nonetheless, choose or be stopped. And therein lies what I've observed is one of the most challenging aspects of modern American life, as seen from my … Continue reading DinaMC: The Tyranny of Choice
I've been hearing a lot about Bruce Springsteen these days. First read a blurb in the newspaper about his recently released autobiography. Then caught portions of an interview with Terry Gross on public radio's Fresh Air. Also caught two more references in the ether, but don't remember them in detail. Bruce has never been one … Continue reading Me & Bruce & a Bunch of Other Folks: Depression in a Modern Context
Cocktail party, new neighbor introduction, general conversation, updates to friends and family... the question always surfaces: "What do you do?*" Here's what I "do". I work for Earth's Birthday Project, a small non-profit organization that provides environmental education curriculum and materials for children. The tongue-in-cheek answer is: I sell butterflies. (Okay, and other live insects … Continue reading So, what is it that you DO?