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…

10/23/16 Still Waning

We started at 5:30 yesterday morning. After many verifications and communications with Facilities Management, closing a switch or two in one place, and opening three separate switches in others, we took the power out on eleven dormitories at Ole Miss yesterday. Within minutes of taking the power out, we had gotten to the point where…

5/5/16 Cinco de Mayo and Other

It is Cinco de Mayo, which, for me, has only the significance of being May the 5th. Mexicans are flocking in record numbers to this country, leaving behind one that has harsh laws for those who would emigrate there, and its emigres demand the right to move here and stay here and bring their relatives…

11/27/14 Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. I have said so before, and I hope to say so again. It has been ever since I had my first one right after my CLL diagnosis in 2008. It’s remarkable how a cancer diagnosis will change one’s mindset. So many things, once urgent, have taken a back seat…

10/30/14 Blogless

Writing in my private journal, with fountain pen on paper, is definitely a low-tech, pleasurable experience. In my journal, I write about all the things I would not post here. You are likely mentioned in my journal, somewhere. Lately, I have felt compelled to write in my journal and not for publication. I have noticed…

7/4/14 Awake at Smith Lake

There’s much worse places to be awake at. We spent two days getting ready for our three-hour trip. The whole family would be venturing to Smith Lake in Jasper, Alabama, to spend the July 4 weekend at the lake house of my life long friends, David and Pat Curtis. David and me share a special…