Category Archives: Quotations

Cheating Death (By Calling in Sick)

I feel just fine, but I called in sick this morning. Once a year or so, I take a mental health day. It’s 11 degrees below zero, so I won’t be able to work in the garden. I work in … Continue reading

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Lindsay Graham’s NeoCon Wacko Challenger: Jeers to Lee Bright

David Weigel’s article yesterday at provides a small, terrifying demonstration of the fundamental right’s profound misunderstanding of the purpose of democracy and the history of capitalism. In South Carolina, United States Senator Lindsay Graham, himself notably conservative, is being challenged … Continue reading

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Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously

It was cold for awhile: Finally it warmed up and snowed a bit: Our “outdoor cat,” Moe, who lives inside during the winter and who has a bad case of Cabin Fever, finally got to go outside this morning—it’s 22 degrees … Continue reading

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Another Favorite Living Author

As I’ve almost certainly mentioned before, my favorite living author is the great Ian McEwan. I’ve got other living favorites, too, such as Tony Earley, Jeffrey Eugenides, Geraldine Brooks, and Wendell Berry. I also have a list of dead favorites. It’s grown longer … Continue reading

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Venice at Night, November 2013

In the winter, Venice is like an abandoned theatre. The play is finished, but the echoes remain.       —Arbit Blatas

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“Happiness” by Jane Kenyon

“Happiness” by Jane Kenyon There’s just no accounting for happiness, or the way it turns up like a prodigal who comes back to the dust at your feet having squandered a fortune far away. And how can you not forgive? … Continue reading

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A Short Contemplation on the Morning Glory

I grew morning glories for the first time this year. Ubiquitous as they are to most gardens, they aren’t to mine. I just couldn’t get them to do much. Next year I’ll try a different location and start them in … Continue reading

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