Police Blotter #1

So my in-laws live in a retirement community and if the local police blotter is any indication, there is no shortage of excitement. Kicking off a new series, here’s the first entry: -Phillip

Weekly Recap – January 23rd, 2014

“Withering tears, what good can come of tears? None I know of.” – Homer, The Odyssey Some of my accomplishments this week: I’m halfway through my second reading of The Odyssey. Once that’s completed, I’ll post a review. If you can’t sleep or have a sadomasochistic streak, you can find my messy, ever-growing notes here. […]
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Weekly Recap – January 16th, 2014

Health-wise, it’s been a trying week. The weather has kicked up the allergies. My wife has been fighting an infection and I’ve been fighting sinus headaches. D’oh. I told Angus he’s going to have to take care of us, but he doesn’t seem to keen on the idea. Still, I’m going to toot my own horn here […]
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Book Review – The Hittite by Ben Bova

“War stories grow larger with each telling, and this one was already becoming overblown, scarcely an hour after it happened.” The Hittite opens on a soldier of the Hittite (Hatti) Empire, Lukka, returning home from a campaign in Armenia, only to find the once-mighty empire in disarray and his family kidnapped by slavers. Along with a […]
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Weekly Recap – January 9th, 2014

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson (or not.) For a variety of reasons, I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. I either didn’t want to be bothered setting goals I had to track (“structure, is like, too constricting, man!”) or I didn’t want to set goals knowing they would be easily forgotten […]
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You Must Find Joy in the Work Itself

Thank you, Marie Ann Bailey, for sharing this timely essay. I figured some of you would find solace in parts of this. As someone easily overwhelmed (something I’ll talk about in a future post and what I’m doing about it), there are good reminders here: writing is not a race and perseverance makes all the […]
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Book Review – The Shadow Year by Jeffrey Ford

“We all got the eyes…” Jeffery Ford’s The Shadow Year is a fantastical, coming-of-age story set in a small, lower-middle class suburb of 1960s Long Island. We see a family on the edge of breaking up–a father working three jobs and a mother with a fondness for wine. Our protagonist is a nameless sixth-grader ready to enter junior high. His […]
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Know Thyself

A new year arrives on Thursday and I find myself at a crossroads. Now, I don’t mean to trivialize problems far greater than mine that others are facing. For me, life is generally good. I mean, come on…look at that cutie on the left (obviously Angus, not me). But in some seriousness, I’m wondering what is […]
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Happy Thanksgiving, 2014

I’ve missed a couple of Weekly Recaps. Needless to say, the blog is dangling on the bottom edge of my priority list. Still, I wanted to take a moment to give thanks for all of the wonderful people I’ve met through my little Internet soapbox. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. May your bellies be full […]
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Isn’t it a little coarse to go and bang on the drums just because the doorbell is ringing?

Originally posted on Gabriela Blandy – The sense of a journey:
I acted in a student film once and afterwards, at the wrap party in a fusty house at the top of town, I rode an office chair down the hill, flying across the junction at the bottom, ramming the pavement on the other side…

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