Self-Isolation and Monkey Fluids

First of all, I’m retired. I have extra time on my hands. Secondly, in light of the Covid-19 crisis, I’m practicing self-isolation. Being alone is really tough for people like me who get energized by being in the company of others. I enjoy social interaction and, as such, am involved in a lot of community… Continue reading Self-Isolation and Monkey Fluids


Self-Isolation My fear is, these we will later refer to as the early days of self-isolation. It will be the arts that get us through this – not the oil industry, not the car manufacturers – the arts. I hope it is not the first forgotten when we get to the other side. For example:… Continue reading Self-Isolation

Downhill From Here

Recently, I was asked if I ski. That question comes up every now and then. The simple answer to that question is, No. I don’t like playing a sport in which my body moves faster than I can propel it myself. And I have too much respect for gravity and for trees. Besides, I am… Continue reading Downhill From Here

A Handy Solution

This took place many years ago in a rural high school that has since been torn down. I’m connected to the school custodian. One evening he noticed that someone had punched a hole in the wall at the bottom of a set of stairs. He repaired it and was able to match the paint. The… Continue reading A Handy Solution

Computer Jargon

My computer monitor was acting up. For several months a faint horizontal line appeared midway up. On occasion, a static-type pattern appeared in the bottom half. When this happened, it was impossible to read that half of the screen. It was getting worse. I tried a few things to determine the source of the matter… Continue reading Computer Jargon