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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Bob’s One Picture

“For those of you who like pictures,” Bob said, “I’m sorry to say that this is the only one in my presentation. This subject doesn’t lend itself to images.” And with that he went to his next slide. It was black and white with word-packed bullets at various levels of indentation. Dense. Impossible to grasp. […]

Orlando

The hotel was attached to a mall, which I must admit was convenient, since the extra space in my suitcase turned out to be due to my failure to pack pants. And it was convenient, because there was an Apple store there where I could take my dropped, broken laptop (only to have the genius […]

Have You?

Have you seen the sky lately? Just after sunset with nary a cloud in the sky? As the soccer teams practice under bright white lights? With the western horizon still glowing pink and the east turning dark blue? Before the stars come out, with Venus sinking in the west and Jupiter rising in the east? […]

Celestial Bodies

Jupiter has been rising with the full harvest moon lately while Venus sets with the sun. The rain has been falling. The gound is wonderfully soft to walk upon. The grass has been growing. And the Zexmenia. And the Russian Sage. And the Wright’s Skullcap. And the Oak trees. And… And ants are herding aphids […]

Suburbia

We ran into Chris at Kerbey Lane. He was waiting for his friend Sam. We were waiting for a plate of hummus and tabouleh. While Chris waited, we invited him to join us at our table. We talked about our jobs and the economy and the neighborhood and about wildflowers and butterflies and the elementary […]

Facial Recognition

I needed a badge to get into the room where the class was being taught. My current one wouldn’t get me past the stainless steel doors that lead to the control center. So I went into the badging office and walked up to the counter, announcing myself and spelling my last name. Julia was dealing with the paperwork. […]

Thinking Too Much

I sat down at the computer the other day and read this article at the BBC about a study recently published in Science. According to the article, […] a nationwide survey recently found that some people think too much about life. These people have poorer memories, and they may also be depressed. When I read […]

Reading Our Books

It was the end of the day. The fair and industrious Trudy was sitting in the green recliner with her feet up. She was reading a book. I was sitting in the beige recliner reading my book. Periodically she would chuckle and sometimes laugh out loud. I turned to watch her. She was smiling and chortling […]

Water, Water Everywhere

The August heat was brutal—not on us, we can always sit in the shade and drink iced tea or retreat to the house, but brutal on the garden. As we dug in the dirt last weekend, preparing for fall, we looked in horror at the parched, dry dirt just below the surface that we had […]