Category Archives: Musings

Funny and serious personal essays about the new perspectives that come from considering the wonders of the world and the vagaries of everyday life.

Lowell, Arizona

Wikipedia says that Lowell is “a populated place” in Cochise County. I appreciate them clearing that up.  Other sites list Lowell as a ghost town.   Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me

Today I turn, am, have, or complete 65, depending on your language (and those are just the few that I know). But whatever the verb, it’s an odd moment: long expected and yet totally surprising.  I cannot yet comment on the state itself but as I sit here, between the idea and the reality, I have a few random thoughts, as the aged often do.  Continue reading

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When You

By the time I learn about internet memes, they are generally past their prime, to put it no higher. The “when you” meme takes photos and adds captions intended to elicit both a laugh and an “Oh yeah, me too” reaction.  Some are funny; many are gross and crude.

But as with many things, they’re harder than they look.

When You First Learn How to Play Hide & Seek

Duck peeking out between reeds.

When You Feel Like a Duck in the Headlights

Being stared down by a duck

When You Hear Big Teeth Behind You

Duck in close-up, looking askance at photographer.

 

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Travelling Light

I look at the pile on my bed.  When did it start, I wonder.  What was the first breach in the dam?  The first tumbling stone in the avalanche?  The first unheeding step down that slippery slope?  When exactly did I start travelling heavy?

Was it when I started carrying two kinds of toothbrush: an electric toothbrush and a proxabrush with two snap-in heads—each one matching only some of the gaps between my teeth—to keep my dental hygienist happy?  Continue reading

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Touched – Part 2

It’s the day of the Great Pakenham Photo Shoot, a day months in the anticipation.  Today I’ll finally get the shot I need at the Pakenham General Store, about an hour west of Ottawa and famous for their bakery.  The photo is to illustrate a National Treasures blog about butter tarts, so this is serious business.

We’re just back from our snowbird digs, and have come “up the Valley” to visit the sugar bush and run an errand for friends.  It might seem like the Great Pakenham Photo Shoot is piggybacking on other activities, but for me it’s the main event of the day.   Continue reading

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