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…joie de vivre…

For a brief period I’d fallen into the habit of taking my iPhone with me on walks, letting an app run in the background to track my mileage, the terrain, my pace. I fell out out of it a few weeks ago when I neglected to charge it one night and awoke to a nearly … Continue reading

…dinner guests…

The other night at dinner with a mutual acquaintance, I suddenly found myself quizzing him in the manner I usually resort to. I like this sort of thing. He’s talking about being retired now, and how much he enjoys it, so I begin asking him about his retirement party… His boss took him out to … Continue reading

…another variation on a theme…

Perhaps, another reason why making bread is fun for me – maybe not just making it, but having accumulated enough little tidbits of knowledge along the way to be able to do things on the fly. It underscores the whole idea of the difference between knowing something intimately versus simply being able to do something. … Continue reading

…there is a God…

Lest you forget, or never knew; olives are a fruit. Eat them with abandon and in ample quantity to ensure good health…

…caganer…

May God bless the wonderful people of Catalonia for this glorious tradition and creation. It restores my faith in all of humanity. Any words I might add will merely take away from the joy of it. As such, if you aren’t familiar with the tradition, please use your favorite search engine and enlighten yourself while … Continue reading

…speaking in tongues…

I think I’m probably a really awful teacher. I’ve been cogitating on various subjects lately and as always, my mind tries to string them together in some parallel fashion. I’ve been reading a book called ‘The Prisoners Dilemma’, which is so far about the life of Johnny von Neumann, but eventually supposed to be about … Continue reading

…the problem with Paul Wulff…

Consider this an idle musing – a meaningless dinner time conversation about nothing in particular.  I’m hardly a football fan, certainly not one that cares much about coaches, but I’ve had a hard time not getting caught up in the intrigue of this particular sequence of events. As a graduate and somewhat proud alumni of … Continue reading

…reality distortion fields…

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” – Edward Bernays, Propaganda “The artist (a generic term covering poet, composer, painter, … Continue reading