Here’s a Tip

Something happened and I’m curious as to whether my take on things is the correct one. To wit:  I took the Little Woman out to eat at a sports bar/restaurant.  Nothing big or fancy; it’s actually one of our favorite places to hang out, when either of us has a few extra bucks.  The waitress…

Spinning My Wheels

Awoke with another bad headache, dizziness, and the like.  Fortunately, I have only one “required” trek today.  The problem is that it’ll put me in contact with a guy who’s nice, but incredibly loud – I mean, my eardrums literally rattle when this guy speaks to me – and I’m debating whether I’m up to…

Huzzah!

Unless you’ve been living in an alternate universe, then you know that the majority of the last week has seen much of the country dealing with horrifically high summer temperatures.  In the Upper Midwest, we went from a rather balmy 75ºF to 95ºF, and to what Accuweather described as a 105ºF “Real Feel” temperature.  The…

A Quarter-Pound, Please

There used to be a chain of grocery stores in town, whose only saving grace – for me, anyway – could be found in two dishes sold by their delicatessen:  Ham salad and cold, breaded chicken wings. The wings were good because of the breading – and honestly, because they were cold; I doubt that…

Here We Go Again

Let me start with my familiar line: It’s been a month since my last post . . . but this time, there’s a legitimate reason. May was nothing short of being a whirlwind for me; I seriously can’t believe that it’s now June.  The end of the academic term is always a flurry of activity. …

Venting

Having a day off means doing a lot of work. I have grading that has been accumulating – mainly because I scheduled three major exams in quick succession – and there were things around the house that could no longer be ignored.  I thought I’d be able to just sit back and relax a bit,…

Weirdness (aka, “Monday”)

It’s been a while since I last wrote. Almost two months, to be exact. The cold and work both managed to overwhelm me, I guess.  Truthfully, I did start three posts, but other than a line or two, there just wasn’t much worth posting. I’ve been dealing with a strange phenomenon:  When I awake, if…

A Forest Dark

Midway upon the journey of our life   I found myself within a forest dark,   For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say   What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,   Which in the very thought renews the fear. – Dante Alighieri, Inferno …

Cold

It is cold outside.  Heck, it’s cold inside, too. Between snowstorms and below-zero temps, I am struggling to find a coherent reason for why I remain in the Upper Midwest.  I just can’t seem to come up with one, yet . . . I know that I’ll never leave.  It’s just so daunting to deal…

Renewal

The first two weeks of the new year have been pretty quiet for me. I’ve been thinking about a lot of things, namely my previous discussions on forgiveness and moving on, largely because I intend to make that my big project for 2019.  To forgive (more freely) and to move on – things that I’ve…

Fare Thee Well, 2018

It’s funny, but it seems like a week ago we were welcoming 2018.  Now, in a matter of hours (for me, anyway), it’s time to bid it adieu. Just before the end of my term, a student asked me if I’d attend graduation ceremonies.  I’m technically not required to do so – it’s sort of…

The Green Chair

Well, the end of the term has finally arrived, and I couldn’t be happier. It wasn’t a bad term; no, far from it.  It went faster than it should have, to be honest.  It wasn’t the wackiest or the craziest or even the most obnoxious term I’ve had.  Yet still, I’m happy that it’s over. …