Monthly Archives: December 2008

Year’s End

It is New Year’s Eve. I don’t do resolutions, so don’t ask. I hope that 2009 will be a year of relative peace at home and abroad, and I hope that the the families in our country and around the … Continue reading

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Sordid Lives

Michael and I have been housebound, more or less, in the last few days. We stayed in Saturday because the weather made the roads a mess, and yesterday because Michael was under the weather. We amused ourselves Saturday by watching … Continue reading

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Brokeback Mountain

Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain, a story of loss and regret — specifically, Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Ennis Del Mar’s loss as he dealt with Jack’s death, his regret over the life he could not bring himself to live, and the … Continue reading

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Christmas Trains

The holiday started with a wimper, not a bang. Like many families, ours was affected by the weather and the travel disruptions the weather visited upon us. Lucy and John had planned to ride the Empire Builder up from Chicago, … Continue reading

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Buddy

Buddy is staying with us for the next week and a half, while Helen and Jay head to Maryland to see Jay’s father, who is 97. Buddy isn’t getting any younger, either — he’s 14 or 15 now — so … Continue reading

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A child is born …

My warmest wishes to family and friends celebrating the birth of Christ, and to all observing the holiday.

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Earthrise

“We are now approaching lunar sunrise and, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. … Continue reading

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Progress, not perfection …

Well, so much for today. Tomorrow will break 20 degrees above, or so it is said …

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"We’re in a very busy pattern of systems,"

… said Bob McMahon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, in this morning’s local paper. No kidding, Bob. We had a major storm, which dumped just under a foot of snow, last Tuesday and Wednesday, then another, smaller storm, … Continue reading

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Lucky Man

The weather has kept Michael and me inside much of the time this weekend, and I’ve come to the conclusion that television is useless. I get roughly 200 channels off the satellite, watching roughly thirty. All seem to be showing … Continue reading

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