Ashokan Farewell

30 June, 2014
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I can’t tell you how this beautiful song haunts me. Recently, the Thriller and I reached the end of Ken Burns’s epic docu-series The Civil War, which I’d seen 20-some years ago, but wanted to revisit. It was at the same time awesomely inspiring and …

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Pretty punny

25 June, 2014
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Son Lars is pretty good at solving visual puns (and to my everlasting delight, gets a kick out of some of them, as does Seamus). I like that my kids enjoy wordplay. Sharpens the ol’ gray matter, you know. Here are a …

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A Thick Existence

21 June, 2014
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Over coffee this morning, I read an old short story by Stephen King (about a middle-aged woman named Jax — imagine that), and I kept going back to reread a certain phrase. I read it like five times over. A 60-something wife looks …

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Politics and humility

18 June, 2014
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Those two concepts don’t often commingle, do they? In fact, the last politician I’ve ever heard of to have any semblance of this all-too-rare quality while in office was Abraham Lincoln. And I’m not talking about surface, for-the-camera humility; rather, I …

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