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.
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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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 seriously, she got vilified for this.
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 […]
Via Home Made Modern…
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.
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 […]
Five-hundred-fifty-five years before my birth, my Welsh ancestors made a final push against the occupiers of their land. Owain Glynd?r, the last real prince of Wales led the rebellion. Glyndŵr was a descendant of the Princes of Powys through his father Gruffydd Fychan II, hereditary Tywysog of Powys Fadog and Lord of Glyndyfrdwy, and of […]
Found on a postcard sent by Cousin John West from Wales: Thou shall: Worship sheep Drink beer Wear three feathers with pride Not slay dragons Love rugby Not be too friendly with the English Keep a welcome in the hillside Learn our Anthem (not just the chorus) Eat and “enjoy” leek soup Congregate and drink […]