All posts tagged: old

The night outside


The night outside is ringing like a bell, thanks to the grasshoppers and crickets. The night air is warmer than I am used to it, or have been used to it in past summers. The sun is down an hour earlier than it had been down at the height of summer, when I was still thawing out from this very cold past spring, when I never thought I’d be warm again, when I had pneumonia […]

A further effect of cancer


I understand the fear that cancer brings; I’ve felt it myself. But surely part of winning the fight, or at least partaking in the fight, against cancer is simply showing up. However, what if I had received worse news from the doctor? I did “only” have stage one of the cancer. Right. (highlights are mine) Older Patients with Cancer at Heightened Suicide Risk In the first study, researchers at the University of Washington analyzed U.S. […]

Vacation from online


I changed the template, then vanished for three days. Sound logical? Well, I think it does at any rate. I’m favoring this template right now over the one that has been here simply because it uses Matt’s “asides” technique, which I’d love to use on the previous template but it wasn’t in there, and I was too timid to add it. I figure that if a piece of code works, don’t mess with it. I […]

The August change

Natural world

The local trees, a few of them at any rate, like the buckeyes, which get leaves first and drop them first, are starting to change color a little bit. They are turning a paler green, in preparation for the yellows to come next month. There is definitely not the uniform lushness of deep green that there was everywhere in June. I make a point of spending hours outside, sometimes writing, usually not, in order to […]

Just when I'm thinking of voting for him…

Current Affairs

Every time I’m thinking of voting for Obama, I get a dash of cold water in the face. Thanks, Venomous Kate! Another Take On Obama’s Inexperience Not surprisingly, he immediately backed off from his statement because, after all, Obama himself only has 143 days of actual Senate experience yet believes he’s qualified to lead the free world. It’s the debates — the one particularly at Saddleback — where I start thinking he maybe isn’t so […]

I reveal my loves

electronic life

Much as I have grown to love and revere BBEdit as both a program and way of life, and have become an actual card-carrying member of its license holders, I still go to TextMate for my blogly-writing needs. As in all other life, that which you admire is different from that which you use. BBedit may be the grande dame of Macintosh text editors, but it doesn’t have native tools with which I can hack […]