Starfish

My genius father invented this game when he was barely 30 years old. I know you’ve never heard of it–how could you have, unless I’ve mentioned it before and have forgotten about that?–but, for myself and my two siblings, it was epic. Picture the scene: You’re a young dentist with a thriving practice–not to mention […]

This Emperor Still Has His Clothes

Some weeks back I was required to scale a cyclone fence–which I accomplished, but not nearly so artfully as I ought to have. Because, now–at 56–I’m suddenly old. This came to me in a rush as, precariously, I straddled the razor-sharp fence top six or seven feet up. As you age it’s easy to delegate […]

A Deep Blue Tedium

Sometime in late August or early September, typically, comes a fine, sunny day when I first notice a change in the angle of the light. It feels like the first day of autumn, but–also typically–happens a couple of weeks beforehand, at least according to the calendar. Oddly enough, this heralding doesn’t happen to me with […]

Hate is Good

Early September again, if you can believe it, that time of year when, for a brief month and a half, two major sports seasons–baseball and, now, football–collide. I love them both for vastly different reasons. And I have my favorite teams. But at this particular juncture some baseball teams are being eliminated from the post […]

We Can Get Through It. Eventually.

At present I’m repairing a number of news racks. These are large metal objects that I’m not remotely qualified to wrestle with. I’m out of my comfort zone. Again. But then, that’s where I seem to collect the mail. My only true comfort zone comes at day’s end, a glass of wine in hand, watching […]

Dampen the Insanity

With the fall semester drawing near and higher levels of education correlating with higher median weekly earnings, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America as well as accompanying videos. To determine where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle, WalletHub compared the 150 largest […]

Dampen the Insanity

With the fall semester drawing near and higher levels of education correlating with higher median weekly earnings, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America as well as accompanying videos. To determine where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle, WalletHub compared the 150 largest […]

Careless and Unaware

The peace of our idyllic new neighborhood is pierced, quite literally–and often–by the shrieking of an impossibly shrill little girl. Closing the windows is no defense. Only when I’m in the shower is she drowned out. Which gives me an idea–an awful idea…a wonderful, awful idea–as I can’t help but hear her enjoying their swimming […]

Blink of an Eye

It’s hard to believe the Fourth of July is already upon us. If I knew where the first half of the year went I’d bottle the knowledge and become wealthy selling it. Twenty years ago this month we moved to Tulare County. It’s gone by in the blink of an eye. The Chief was raised […]