Around the World – February 22, 2021

I’m not including links.  This is not to supplant your favorite newsfeed.  Just some of the events I’ll be watching the next couple of weeks.  Like I don’t already have enough to fret over. If one of these blurbs makes you curious to know more, a quick web search will expose you equally to bothContinue reading “Around the World – February 22, 2021”

Buckle-up Kiddies – February 3, 2021

Last Saturday, noodling some of what was originally intended to be the post for today, alarms went off.  “This is way more than anyone will put up with” alarms.  So, I busted-up today’s effort.  Posted the first part early, lest I over-edit and decide it mostly worthless,1 ending up with nothing. [You really should stopContinue reading “Buckle-up Kiddies – February 3, 2021”

Heat – January 27, 2021

Often when writing, a character sets to arguing with me about where a piece should go.  Best way to handle that is to excuse myself from the story and slam the editor closed on him/her/it1.  After a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea, I extend my break catching up with world news andContinue reading “Heat – January 27, 2021”

Fits and Snatches – January 22, 2021

In the spirit of “rambling.” Still clearing-out the electronic “to-do,” “here’s an idea,” “come back to this in a couple of days weeks months, years,” “lacking a plot, viewpoint, or protagonist,” and “is this humor or a rant or both” folders.  I’ve determined I must dispatch all that stuff before diving into the oak fileContinue reading “Fits and Snatches – January 22, 2021”

Updates – January 20, 2021

Not sure when it happened.  It has been a busy, confused couple of days.  A visitor watched me “relax” in front of a different screen, noodling1 for a word to decompose into a silly bit of wordplay.2  Please recall, I gave up the effort. Harkening back to “Engineering Econ”3 for such as ROI, cost ofContinue reading “Updates – January 20, 2021”

Confusions – January 10, 2021

Laying aside stressful concerns Puttering away at mindless but relaxing chores outside in brisk wintery weather is good for me. Mindless chores do take the tiniest bit of attention.  Big issue thoughts are constantly interrupted to pay attention to what I’m doing.  Big issues get lost. The past election.  Stressful.  There’s not much hope forContinue reading “Confusions – January 10, 2021”

Thirty-nine Ford – December 8, 2020

Photo by Chris F on I’m trying to remember.  It must have been nineteen sixty-four.  Surely not sixty-three.  Sixty-three was the year of the assassination.  Also the year an on-again, off-again heartbreak was mostly on.  Ah, youth! That’s fifty-six, fifty-seven years ago?  You can see where the exact date gets cob-webby.  Should an oldContinue reading “Thirty-nine Ford – December 8, 2020”

Turning Tables – December 6, 2020

Language studies “Hand me that bub.”“What?”“Hand me that bub. Imma thow it away.”“Bub?”“That light bub.  Right there.”“Oh! That light bulb!”“Yeh. Whaja think I said, ya dummy?” — Popular advice is not to write accent and brutalizing of the English language.  Supposed to make editors pull hair and toss submissions.  For my money, not attempting toContinue reading “Turning Tables – December 6, 2020”

Service Alert – December 4, 2020

Once again, posts may be undependable through the first of next week.  Figure if FedEx takes pains to keep you aware, it’s the least I can do. Nobody gonna miss anything much, but it makes me feel better thinking someone could, and I got them covered. Something less than a standing ovation Ben Awhile popped-inContinue reading “Service Alert – December 4, 2020”

Bottles, Belts, Buffoons – December 2, 2020

Couple of things on my mind.  You’ll be sorry. Glug, glug vs. sip, sipLadies and their water bottles.  Maybe men too, but I notice them less, though I watch.  Men not so much inclined to drink pinky-finger skyward. Happens mostly when I’m in “observe mode.”  Do that from time to time.  I’m an amateur psychologist,Continue reading “Bottles, Belts, Buffoons – December 2, 2020”