Winter Blues

Well, the snow I feared ten days ago has arrived – twice – and I don’t know whether I should rejoice that it’s here, or hang my head in shame over the fact that my previous post seemed to summon it.

The Common Theme

It’s Christmas! You wouldn’t know it, judging by the weather.  We in the Upper Midwest are looking at a week in the 50ºF range for most of the week.  In fact, it was so warm and clear yesterday, that I avoided the nonsense that is known as “the mall,” and got my car washed (for…

The Most Wonderful Time

This is supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” if you believe Andy Williams, and I’m here to say that – as much as I love Andy – that’s the biggest load of bull I’ve yet heard. This is probably the worst time of the year.

Now, I Know

I decided to reach out to that “old friend” after all, which unfortunately proved to be not one of my better decisions.

And Yet, I Live

The last couple of weeks have been both busy and quiet.  A few good days with the Little Woman, a few more children being run over in the streets by jackasses with no sense of morality.  There have been a few people rendered homeless because they left an unattended pot on the stove, and we’ve…

That Kind of Week, pt.1

This has been a crazy week.  Not your ordinary kind of crazy, but that special once-in-blue-moon type of nonsense-filled period with the emotional roller-coaster added, free of charge.  The kind of week that, when it’s over and after you’ve replayed the week’s events in your mind for the umpteenth time, you’re stuck looking around with…

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…

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. …

The Cones of Spring

I’m still here. Why is it, almost every time I post something here, I start off by announcing that “I’m still here“?  I guess a better question is, “Why aren’t I writing something – anything – on a more regular basis?” Good question.  I only wish I knew the answer. So . . . what’s…

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,…

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…