Month: January 2011

A real shocker

Current Affairs

Former President Ronald Reagan‘s youngest son suggests in a new book that his father showed signs of Alzheimer’s disease while he was in the White House. via Reagan’s son: Father showed signs of Alzheimer’s in White House – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs.



The firewood was always freshly stacked in its brass bin by the fireplace in the den each winter afternoon. When I was little, I would try to carve this wood with the blade of the letter opener that sat with its matching pair of scissors and note pad by the telephone in the bar. This was the only blade that I could get my hands on. The logs were soft and prone to splintering and […]


Thanks for all of the messages of support. I have some great followers. GG has been improving each day. — Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) January 14, 2011

Thousand Autumns


Book club is tonight — I actually believe that I have not been to book club since A. S. Byatt‘s Possession was the topic, and that was right after it was published. 1990. Tonight’s subject: David Mitchell‘s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. I am halfway through — had chosen to read it before Liz invited me back to book club two days ago. This is not a pastoral book, nor a post-modern item […]



Just saw something scurry across the kitchen floor. Then I discovered in me a fear of bugs. Of course, the little beasts had to wait until AFTER the pest control guy visited.

Looking forward


In the middle of January, like now, it is very easy to get into the mindset that this gray weather is going to last forever. Since I am a (very) amateur birder, though, I also know that the spring migration is about to start probably within the next couple of weeks. The birds won’t hit our continent for a while, though. Entirely self -propelled animals. Actually, come to think of it, humans are the only […]