Thank you, and Happy New Year

One of my regular stops in the morning rotation, Toirdhealbheach Beucail, devoted his New Year’s Eve blog post to thanking folks for visiting during the course of the year, which struck me as a lovely gesture and worth imitating. And so thank you, fellow traveler, for browsing past this website from time to time. IContinue reading “Thank you, and Happy New Year”

Because we are alive

Facebook reminds me every year that this is what I wrote toward the end of 2016. It’s always a nice reminder because it is always true, in this year — when we lost John Madden, Desmond Tutu, Phil Spector, Hank Aaron, Christopher Plummer, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Nesmith, Lloyd Price, Jim Steinman, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty,Continue reading “Because we are alive”

Christmas wisdom from nephew Fred

“There are many things from which I might have derived good by which I have not profited, I dare say,” returned the nephew, “Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas-time, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, ifContinue reading “Christmas wisdom from nephew Fred”

My amazing discovery about where rabbit holes come from

I’ve recently noticed a new (to me) kind of annoying clickbait that seems to be designed to see how long you are willing to read about nothing before you find the bit of information you clicked to get — or give up in frustration. The headline might be, say, “What Paul McCartney really said whenContinue reading “My amazing discovery about where rabbit holes come from”