Peace in the Valley

The lion shall lay down with the lamb.

Actually, no, that’s not what the Bible says. To my complete surprise, this is the verse:

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little […]


Christmas Blogging

We decorate our tree on Christmas Eve. When we had small children, we’d wait until they were asleep so that the decorated tree would be a Christmas morning surprise. Once the kids got older, they stayed up to help. Now that our nest is empty, we invite friends – and the kids, of course, whenever […]


Socked In

Earlier this month, our friend Mary Anne flew to Tennessee to visit her mother and sister. All would have been well had not United routed her homebound flight through Denver.

We can thankfully say we don’t know anyone who died in, or narrowly escaped from, the World Trade Center towers on 9/11, but we can […]


Werking Late

I watched Lucky Number Slevin last night. Will the judge invoke Godwin’s Law if I say I think Bruce Willis, now that he’s getting older, could play a convincing Adolph Hitler? Can’t find it with Google image search, but early on there’s an airport scene where Bruce, if only he had the moustache, is the […]


Five-Letter Word for “Nincompoop”

We just watched Wordplay, a movie about crossword puzzles. Former President Bill Clinton, one of several players interviewed, talked about his typical encounter with the Saturday* New York Times crossword. He said he almost always starts out stumped, but continues wading through clues until he finds a word he knows, then builds on that word […]


Used and Abused (Part I)

Yesterday, a co-worker told me a long story about buying a Mercedes-Benz. A woman caught her fiance cheating and told him to get out of her life. He split in a hurry, leaving his car behind. A few days later she got a letter from the cad, ordering her to sell the car and wire […]


Anniversary Blogging

Today’s our 41st anniversary. We’re spending it with my dad in Missouri, who was at our wedding all those years ago. Donna and I were married at the Ratshaus – the courthouse – in Wiesbaden, Germany, on a rare sunny day. We married in the church a few months later, but the civil ceremony is […]


Dearth Begone

The blogging dearth (see my previous entry) won’t be as bad as I feared. My dad has a computer with a dial-up connection. A little slow, but way better than no connection at all.

We’re in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, hunkered down at my folks’ house, cooking dinner for the crowd of family who will descend […]