Monthly Archives: March 2009

Gaydar

Our waiter was gay, I’m virtually certain of it. My wife was a little irritated at me for mentioning it not once during our recent trip to the restaurant, but at least three times, each time with greater certainty than … Continue reading

Posted in Stories and vignettes, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Go to sleep

It’s eleven o’clock. Bedtime was two hours ago. You do not need another drink of water. There is nothing so urgent to tell us that it can’t wait until morning. You were not sleepwalking. You are just out of bed. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Zinged when I should have zanged

Perhaps I am old enough that I should know better, but I still like to give a little zing to my e-mail signature. In college this zing included quotes like Cervantes’ “Too much sanity is madness,” or the old Klingon … Continue reading

Posted in Stories and vignettes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Wasting time

When you stare at the computer, the computer stares also back at you. It’s watching me now, with an amused disdain on its face. It knows I have things I have to do. There’s a book I have to write, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Ewww…

Evangeline is working on homework right now. Among her phrases: 1) The heart I broke. She specified it was broken with her bare hands; i.e., it was taken from someone’s chest first — and she has never seen “Temple of Doom.” … Continue reading

Posted in family | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A prayer for the Sea Monkey

O Lord, Some times you do things that make me wonder if you’re paying attention, or if you’ve fallen asleep at the wheel. I scarcely know what I’m doing with the two children Niki and I already have, and now … Continue reading

Posted in family, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Work needed in the planning department

Niki told me today that she is five days late. Last time this happened was February 2002. We didn’t plan Ruth. Before that, it was February 1999. We didn’t plan Eowyn either. The only thing different this time is that … Continue reading

Posted in family, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Unfinished story

Once upon a time there was a very curious girl named Eowyn. When she was 6 years old, Eowyn discovered that she could travel to other places by walking down a street and imagining herself on another street with the … Continue reading

Posted in Stories and vignettes | Tagged | Leave a comment

A lost day

I didn’t get a Sunday this weekend. Ordinarily there is a routine built into Sundays. We get up somewhere between 8 and 9 a.m., and if there’s time, I mix up some buttermilk waffles from scratch and we have waffles for breakfast. … Continue reading

Posted in Stories and vignettes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Joan Baez: ‘What Have They Done to the Rain?’

Sometimes called the gentlest protest song ever written, “What Have They Done to the Rain?” was written in 1962 by songwriter Malvina Reynolds. Originally about the atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons and the radioactive fallout subsequently spread to crops, waterways … Continue reading

Posted in videos | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment