SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 7:39AM

More!

Dragon use

I once saw a TV show about a young boy with a rare disorder which leaves him in a constant state of extreme hunger. No matter how much he eats, it is not enough; he is still ravenously hungry. His parents have to lock the refrigerator and the kitchen cupboards andRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 7:44AM

Once Upon a Town

Pence

I moved from northern Wisconsin to Chicago some eight years ago, now, but every now and then I think of my 23 years there and shake my head in contemplating the differences between the two.

Pence, Wisconsin, is a tiny, time-warped town in an economically depressed area of the Great NorthRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 8:58AM

The Illusionist

magician 2This is the second blog I've done recently touching upon the lengths to which the mind will go to avoid the unpleasantness of reality, but I think it is sufficiently interesting to warrant two posts, and hope you agree. 

I'm always intrigued by a really good magician. How can they possibl… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 8:49AM

The Illusionist

magician 2This is the second blog I've done recently touching upon the lengths to which the mind will go to avoid the unpleasantness of reality, but I think it is sufficiently interesting to warrant two posts, and hope you agree. 

I'm always intrigued by a really good magician. How can they possibl… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 8:49AM

The Illusionist

magician 2This is the second blog I've done recently touching upon the lengths to which the mind will go to avoid the unpleasantness of reality, but I think it is sufficiently interesting to warrant two posts, and hope you agree. 

I'm always intrigued by a really good magician. How can they possibl… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 7:32AM

Words as Food

food  

Long before I lost my physical sense of taste, I fortunately had developed a “taste” for words—their flavor, their texture, the pleasurable sensations they elicited in me. I delight in and savor them. According to my mother, the first word I ever spoke,Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 7:42AM

The King of Romania

gold

Dear reader. I have for you a non-refusable offer to which I require your most urgent response.

I am proud to announce the formation of a new business with an astonishing potential for unlimited profit. Effluvia Unlimited is dedicated to enlightening the world through the medium of internet spRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 7:31AM

Comparisons

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Because we humans are solitary creatures in that our minds are confined within a single physical body, it is impossible for us to really know or fully understand anyone but ourselves—and few of us can really manage even that. As a result, weRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 7:40AM

Ladies and Gentlemen

Lladies

There is a lady who lives in my building who I see frequently...on my own floor when I'm coming or going, or occasionally on one of the floors to which I go when I'm trying to find an available washing machine...always with a mop or broom, diligently cleaning the hallways. SheRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 7:36AM

The Delusionist

delusion

I’ve been a delusionist all my life. Never comfortable with the harshness of reality, I early-on developed the ability to pretty much ignore it unless it was somehow physically impossible to do so. It worked well for seven decades. If I chose to see the world in a certain light, IRead full post »

AUGUST 7, 2014 7:53AM

Running

running 1  

The “Flight or Fight” reflex is one of the basic human survival techniques. But “Fight or Flight” refers primarily to external threats, and there are many traumatic situations in life where the problem is internal and emotional, and “fight” isRead full post »

AUGUST 4, 2014 7:50AM

"It was the best of times, ...."

radio  

I’ve always taken little-boy delight in sharing things which give me great pleasure, in the hopeful if perhaps incorrect expectation that others will enjoy them, too.

But I note that as I grow older, it’s more and more difficult to directly share thingsRead full post »

JULY 31, 2014 7:31AM

A Conversation with My Muse

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You rang?

Yes! I just realized I've got to do a blog for tomorrow.

Relax. No hurry. You've got all day.

Oh, yeah. We know how that goes. I get up at 6 a.m., have a cup of coffee, pet the cat, andRead full post »

JULY 28, 2014 7:33AM

Mr. In-Between

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You're probably much too young to remember one of the top songs from 1944, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's "Accentuate the Positive," but my mind's radio was playing it when I woke up this morning. (You've got to Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate-the Pos-i-tive, E-lim-I-nate the neg-a-tive; Latch on to the afRead full post »

JULY 21, 2014 7:53AM

America's Voice

Kate Smith - God Bless America  

One of the regrettable and inevitable things about aging is that the older we get, the more things which were familiar to us from our youth fade and are lost to generations which come after. I was reminded of that recently when IRead full post »

JULY 17, 2014 7:50AM

"One Ringy-Dingy"

Phone 2

I've never been much of a phone talker since my teenage years—I don't do all that much talking off the phone, either, but that's another story. So when I moved back to Chicago in 2006, I decided not to have a land-line phone at all, and instead bought a cell phoneRead full post »

JULY 14, 2014 8:35AM

Thomas

Thomas  

I’ve taken, of late, to closing my cat Spirit in the bathroom at night with food, litter, water, a couple of places to sleep—he seems to like the sink—and a toy; all to prevent his sitting outside my bedroom door at anywhere fromRead full post »

JULY 10, 2014 7:56AM

On Meeting Myself

future

I know, I know...it’s always “me”, isn’t it? … Well, yes, I guess it is, but you are very kind in indulging me.

At dinner the other night with friends, while trying with great effort and limited success to force my head up high enough to make eye contact with theRead full post »

JULY 7, 2014 8:44AM

Frustration

Frustration

Probably the single most powerful…and prevalent…emotion in my life is frustration. For me, it is a hair-trigger, automatic reaction to anything which, in my estimation, does not go exactly as I think it should go. For me, it is a bottomless chasm of fury and despair, and there isRead full post »

JULY 3, 2014 7:59AM

The Broken Compass

Compass 

As so often happens when I set off to write a blog, I'll head off in one direction and not only end up nowhere near where I intended to go when I started, and have no idea how I got where I did end up. I seem to have a magicRead full post »

JUNE 30, 2014 7:45AM

Pondering the Imponderable

Mobius

We humans seem to take a perverse delight in pondering questions for which there are and can be no definitive answers. It's one of the many wonders—and frustrations—of life that we spend so much time and energy on them as we do. Perhaps it is partly because while these questions seRead full post »

JUNE 26, 2014 8:43AM

Of Time and Blogs

hallway  

I'm not sure what to call it. It's not ennui (one of my all-time favorite words, by the way). It's not really boredom. And I don't feel particularly burnt-out. It's just, I think, the need for a short break in the routine. 

ThisRead full post »

JUNE 23, 2014 7:55AM

"I Sing the Body Electric!"

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Music is inherent to human existence, and a basic form of communicating emotion. The title of Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric" indicates the strong link between words, poetry, and song. Songs are simply words--poetry--set to music. Each of us finds and responds to our own inner music… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2014 7:51AM

Sleep

alarm

I’ve not used an alarm clock in 40 years. My mind has a build-in alarm which is set for no later than 6:00, no matter how much I would like to sleep longer. Seven mornings out of ten, I wake up like a tree full of owls between 5:50 and 6:00,Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2014 7:40AM

Technology and Me

Technology 1  

I am a simple man—some would argue “in all definitions of the word.” And while I am very grateful to live in an era of iPads and Smartphones and Digital-This-es and High-Speed-6D-Thats, my admiration for these devices is exceeded only by my totalRead full post »