Archive for the 'Life, The Universe & Everything' Category

A PERFECT MANTRA FOR WRITERS…

May 15th, 2017

Previously…

FIRST ACCEPT THAT EVERYTHING IS DERIVATIVE…

April 4th, 2017

One of the lessons I learned in my 20s by watching James Burke’s Connections was that everything new has, by necessity, roots in that which already exists. Creativity, as I understand the process, involves seeing what is in front of you in a different way, of adding one to one and getting three. Nothing is […]

WE’RE DOOMED IF THEY FIGURE OUT THE FRIDGE…

March 28th, 2017

Forget computer screens and ordering online. I’ve often remarked to Mary Jo that if either Buster or Gillighan ever figure out that the door to the refrigerator opens the same way as every other door in the house—both dogs are adept at pawing open other doors—we’re doomed.

FOR MY DAD, WHO DROVE ONE OF THE GIANTS…

March 27th, 2017

At timemark 0:57 a father an son stand at a crossing while a giant chugs past. The narrator says, Lucky the boy who could one day say he had seen them in action. My father not only was lucky enough to see the giants in action, but in Fairmont, West Virginia, where he lived for […]

BUZZARDS BACK AT HINCKLEY THE WEE COTTAGE…

March 22nd, 2017

Four of the turkey buzzards stopped in at our home this morning (and drove the dogs mad with their invasion). These two were close enough for Mary Jo to capture in one photo.

TAKING A WALK TO THE RABBIT HOLE…

March 22nd, 2017

I am a lifelong accumulator, a finder of the trivial and unconnected. In my woke mind I assemble a gestalt of bits and bobs that occasionally reach out to each other in momentarily flashes of synergy to pass for genius. This, perhaps, is why I treasured my first library card and spent whole days in […]

A READER WRITES TO THE ATLANTIC MAGAZINE…

March 2nd, 2017

Reader Response—From a midshipman at the Naval Academy who “thought you might be interested in hearing a reaction to the President’s speech from an officer in training” I was profoundly disturbed by the moment surrounding the exaltation of Senior Chief Owens and his widow. Most news analysis marked it as the highlight of the speech. […]

DYDD GŴYL DEWI HAPUS!

March 1st, 2017

PHOTO BY MARY JO HANLON I’m only one-quarter Welsh from my father’s mother whose grandfather Thomas Evans came to America from Newtown, Wales in 1872, but I’ve come to identify more with that part of my heritage than any other to the extent that I have a Welsh flag hung over the fireplace in my […]

THE AMERICAN DREAM CAN BE A NIGHTMARE…

February 22nd, 2017

When the economy allowed us to live in the same community and draw a paycheck from the same company for decades, then buying a home, putting down roots, made a lot of sense. That was the American dream. That dream went away with globalization and the rise of economies that were not as great as […]

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LET US SAY GRACE…

February 21st, 2017

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WHY DO WE WANT MORE THAN ALL WE CAN BE…?

February 11th, 2017

Last year I distributed images to several friends and associates of Superman and Wonder Woman in the power poses described by Amy Cuddy in her TED Talk. Cuddy’s concept is akin to the Fake it until you make it philosophy and has come under attack in the years since she first proposed her idea, but […]

IS TOM PETERS ADVISING PRESIDENT TRUMP…?

January 23rd, 2017

Every Monday morning I receive an email from Tom Peters’ organization with a quote from Tom. This morning’s message drives right to the heart of events over the past weekend and, I think, is directed at the 45th president of The United States. Tom loses the new president, of course, at moral. Sad.

STICK WITH IT: A WILLPOWER SPECIAL…

January 8th, 2017

This morning I’m continuing to read a suite of Guardian articles gathered under the banner: Stick with it: a willpower special. I’ll most likely be commenting on each—see SO, WHAT IF WILLPOWER ISN’T REALLY A THING…?; STEP 1: WRITE… STEP 2: IGNORE THE NEXT STEP…; WHO CAN EAT JUST 20 GRAMS OF SUGAR A DAY…? […]

NO BATTERIES (BUT LOTS OF KIBBLE) REQUIRED…

December 3rd, 2016

SARAH SILVERMAN GOT TRASHED BY TED TALKS…

November 28th, 2016

No seriously, she got vilified for this.

DAMN STRAIGHT WE SHOULDN’T TRUST TRUMP…

November 26th, 2016

This morning Jill Miller Zimon writes in In Trump do not trust that we should not: [T]rust Donald Trump, unless you want to be disappointed, repeatedly. Not because he lies. Not because he exaggerates. Not because he has evil intent. But because he will always put himself first. In Donald Trump’s case, putting oneself first […]

I REALLY DO LOVE THESE YOUTUBE DIY PROJECTS…

November 24th, 2016

Via Home Made Modern…

REAL (WELSH) MEN DON’T WEAR PADS…

November 5th, 2016

If all you know about Rugby was encompassed in Tom Brown’ School Days, then you might start with The Beginners Guide To Watching Rugby Union.

CHARLES BENJAMIN HESS, 1929-2016…

October 17th, 2016

My family and I sat together in a nursing home room late Wednesday afternoon and watched as my father drew his last breath. My readers know my father from the scores of emails he forward to me that I turned around and published here under the tag From My Dad. His death was not sudden […]

IF I COULD IMPART ONE LIFE LESSON, THIS IS IT…

October 6th, 2016

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