I started writing in a journal again a while back. I started doing this‒I don’t know, maybe 18 years ago, after reading Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. (Good book, that. I wish I still had my copy.) Following her example, I just wrote everything down in a standard 70-page school notebook. They go on …read more…

Humor in the time of Corona Virus

Because it’s necessary to laugh every once in a while.

Weekend Reading #004

Just some things to carry you through the weekend starting Friday, April 17, 2020. I just read Wei’s Dumpling Guide and now I’m pretty excited about making some Chinese dumplings in a weekend or two. And also, spring onion pancake (because I love green onions), cucumber salad, homemade bao (because, hello? Bao!), and of course, I’ll …read more…

Weekend Reading #003

Interesting things to read for the weekend starting Friday, April 10, 2020.

The Great Recession Archive Podcast — Episode 000

During the Great Recession I was living in a small, one-bedroom apartment in an out-of-the-way location that didn’t have high-speed internet—only dial-up. (This is relevant, believe me.) I had been working as a substitute teacher after going back to college to renew my teaching certificate. During the school year, I was able to work as …read more…

Weekend Reading #002

Reading for the weekend starting Friday, April 3, 2020.

Living in Quarantine – A Source List

The only way to defeat this pandemic is to practice social distancing. And for a lot of us, that means sheltering in place. Here are some resources to help you through this time.

Love in the Time of Toilet Paper

So…my local library challenged us to take the title of a book and replace one word with “toilet paper.” As it turns out, this is a lot of fun. Here’s the list I came up with. Can you remember which word was replaced? Love in the Time of Toilet Paper by Gabriel García Márquez Their …read more…

Silent Noise Project #009 — the chicken sushi episode

  Hello again. Welcome to episode #9 of the Silent Noise Project. This episode is 41 minutes and 10 seconds long and weighs in at 41.9 megabytes. As always, your mileage may, and probably will vary, because the internet is not a perfect place. Just like the world in general. The People’s Revolutionary Podcast Naming Committee …read more…

Weekend Reading #001

Weekend Reading

A few things to get you through your weekend: The Oatmeal wrote a serious of ten eight posts about creativity and they are marvelous. If you like the smell of a storm’s first raindrops, you need to know about petrichor. A Japanese grade school closed due to the coronavirus, and the kids held their graduation …read more…

Living Free

A long time ago, when I was quite young and didn’t know any better (I had an optimistic feeling about other people; experience has shown me that’s probably not a good idea) I was a libertarian. I admit that the idea of limited government, or even no government, appealed to the very idealistic version of …read more…

The Dolly Parton Challenge

I did the Dolly Parton challenge. Did I do it right?

Today is Saturday, February 15, 2020

It’s been a long week. To be honest, it’s been a long month, and it’s only half over. But it’s also been a long year already, and it’s only February. That does not bode well.  Le sigh. I have been watching too much Netflix. By the time I get home, I’m just too exhausted to …read more…