12/26/16 Nothing Profound

That’s what I wanted: to write something profound. Profundity as a goal is elusive, though it can overtake us unawares from time to time, which is probably the best sort of profundity: the unplanned. We all have it from time to time, and we mostly lack it when we are setting out to be profound.…

12/13/16 Long Trip Back From Houston

Dr. Gooday, Nurse Alice, Nurse Sarah and crew at BATCC were all about like I expected them. BATCC seems to get along just fine, though I am not there every day to see its inefficiencies, nor the frustrations of its employees. I, on the other hand, am very familiar with my own frustrations, and today…

12/12/16 A Complicated World

12/9/16 It’s a complicated world out there. Politics, economics, terrorism, globalism, hegemony, wars, pestilence, earthquakes, storms …so many things just waiting for a chance to manifest themselves to interfere with our lives. So many of those things are beyond our control, leaving used tossed on stormy seas, cast adrift in shallow draft lifeboats, bobbing around…

10/25/16 Pressing On

I have worked for eight straight days and am just about to be nothing more than a flash in the pan. Everything we start out to do that should be easy and quick turns into something akin to a quagmire of mud in which you bog down, making progress as if swimming in a pool…

10/13/16 Organizing Thoughts

I seldom try to organize my thoughts when I start writing. Perhaps you’ve noticed. No doubt, you’ve noticed. I just start and let ‘er fly from there. “We probably need to start you back on regular treatment (formerly chemotherapy and immunotherapy, now just immunotherapy),” said Dr. Gooday at the Big-as-Texas Cancer Center (BATCC) on Monday.…

9/27/16 Debates and Mandolins

Yes, I watched the debate. I was not impressed. Hillary promises things she can’t deliver while claiming her plan will create millions of jobs without increasing the national debt by raising taxes on the wealthy. Trump promises to create millions of jobs by cutting taxes on corporations. Neither one is likely to do either one.…

9/15/16 Vanderbilt and Mando-Camp

The Mando camp is underway. I have had the great fortune of reacquainting myself with many friends I met last year, some of whom have returned from every point on the compass from around the globe. The number of Aussies attending is remarkable, thus this remark. France, Denmark, and Sweden are represented, too. I will…

9/7/16 Racing Minds and Monkeys

Do you ever have a racing mind? Mine is going ninety miles an hour. I can’t sleep. All I can do is think of electrons, masses of electrons, and how they will be safely connected underground to feed new buildings while keeping existing buildings serviced and working properly so overhead lines can come down that…

7/3/16 Two Weeks and Counting

My life-long friend, David, and his wife Pat, have a wonderful home at Smith Lake in Alabama. That is where we are spending this weekend, celebrating July 4th, and my birthday. It’s good to have another birthday. Lots of folks probably wished they had had the chance at another birthday. I am thankful for mine.…

5/19/15 The List Needs Some Help

In an earlier blog post, I discussed the list. Lots of folks want to know about the list, some of which I share, but most of which I keep to myself. “How are you doing?” an acquaintance recently asked. “Just fine,” I said on automatic pilot. “And you?” They beleaguered me with their entire list,…