All posts tagged: family

Harking — Yet Another Travelogue

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It’s July. And July means a bunch of things. It means spring is over — it’s now summer and that means the cicadas are buzzing and I can start mowing the lawn a little less, um, continuously. It means roses in the front yard. It means trophies, including my absolutely all-time favorite one. (My fingers grew back, thanks for asking.). And it means birthdays. Our friend to the south has one. ‘We‘ have one (good […]

Spooning

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No, not that kind. Ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife might not be ironic, but it is unfortunate. Add your own verse, stanza, or story of badly-timed annoyance to Alanis Morissette’s classic I sit here in my dramatically irrelevant squid shirt and contemplate Ben’s suggestion to add a verse to an incredibly successful song from the 1990s. Well, I can’t write lyrics. I especially can’t write lyrics that add anything to […]

Squidding

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In the final assignment of a non-credit course in writing that I’ve already failed, Ben asks me/us/whoever to Tell us the story of your most-prized possession. I read his mail and my first reaction was “I don’t have one.” After that, I went about my day. I mowed the lawn. (Not exactly as shown, but I like the sentiment.) I weeded the garden a little. (Is that a weed? I’m not sure — maybe I’ll […]

Lighting

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Newspapers are ‘in decline‘. There seems to be general agreement on that point. What that decline means (Is it evidence of grievous societal rot? Is it the harbinger of an impending zombie apocalypse? Is it the normal evolution of the medium?) is hotly debated; I’ll leave the debate to other people. All I know is that my father worked in newspapers for a significant fraction of his life and they were a large part of […]

Questioning

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If it’s Thursday, it must be… Hold it — I’ve never responded to a daily prompt on a Thursday before. I think. But whatever. Ben asks: A Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece — about you. What are the three questions you really hope she doesn’t ask you? My first thought is “Only three?” But three. Okay. The first question I wouldn’t want to hear is obviously “How are you?” I hate being asked […]