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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Missed Conjunction

Sun, 31 Oct 2010, 08:59 PM (-06:00)

I missed the moon passing in front of Jupiter about a week or so ago. I had been watching for weeks as the new moon’s crescent waxed, and it approached brightly shining Jupiter along the ecliptic from the west. I had been watching night by night as the distance narrowed. And I was looking forward […]

Spilled Coffee

Sat, 30 Oct 2010, 07:18 PM (-06:00)

My cell phone rang, so I stepped out of the conference room to answer it. When I returned, the man sitting next to me (truth be known, he seemed just a kid) leaned over and whispered something. “I got up to get a bagel, and I spilled coffee on your laptop.” He pointed to the corner […]

Morning of Their Last Day Here

Sat, 30 Oct 2010, 09:23 AM (-06:00)

1. Breakfast “Dad?” Ben said from the doorway. It was early morning. He and Scout were already dressed. Trudy was too. I was still under the covers luxuriating in the warmth of our first cold night. “Yes?” “Will you make us eggs?” I sat up and tossed the covers off. “Sure,” I said and pulled […]

Inherit the Wind

Thu, 28 Oct 2010, 08:11 AM (-06:00)

Where have you been? Oh, I’ve been here. But why so quiet? I don’t want to talk about it. About what? I’ve fallen into a deep funk. Run out of pretty things to say.? The Monarchs fluttering and Goldeneye blossoms waving in the wind have lost their luster. And I just sit here looking around and […]

He Was Here Again

Mon, 11 Oct 2010, 05:26 PM (-06:00)

My brother came to town for ACL again this year to hear the musicians sing and play. He came for three days, and for most of that time it was cool in the evenings, and the sky was blue and sunny during the day. He had a pass which got him back stage with the important […]

Cheese for His Birthday

Fri, 1 Oct 2010, 10:15 AM (-06:00)

Cheese. We sent him cheese for his twentieth birthday. Cheese made in Texas. The fair and industrious Trudy handled all the details and packed it in an insulated box, cooled down and shipped by a FedEx friend who knows how to do things like this. He’s far away at school. And he likes cheese. And … you […]