Mr. Margaret Mead

Here's another story about interesting people who cloak themselves as your neighbors. Be on the watch and you just might find that the man or woman living next door to you is actually a fascinating human being. I worked in construction when I was young and was good at it. I loved craft and had [...]

The stupidity of boys – and men

I can't claim to be representative of all males but here's a quick story about just how stupid boys can be. I was maybe twelve and a voracious reader. I loved sports and sports stories and read a biography of the great football quarterback Johnny Unitas. I was fascinated to learn that he was blind [...]

Bugs, Big Data, and Beauty at home

I saw the first bug of the year today. Under the lamp outside our front door. The lamp is a faux colonial which burns out bulbs almost as fast as I can replace them. It glows more than illuminates but the animal world loves this dim beacon. I check it each morning when I leave the house [...]

Tolstoy, Mother Earth News, and Can’t We All Just Get Along?

First, an apology Sometimes, I think I should apologize to my friends and readers. Blogging wisdom tells authors to select a topic, write about it widely and deeply, and provide usable and shareable content for readers. And don't forget the SEO! Besides the brute fact that I hate the very concept of content there are [...]

C’mon folks – Slow down with a cool watch and an observation

A hippie hangover It’s no secret that I have a little bit of a hippie hangover. My wife does her best to scrape it off and dress me presentably but sometimes it still peeks out. This partly explains my fascination with the philosophy of slow. I live a pretty busy and technologically inclined life. I [...]