This is 2020

Some years, before they ever really begin, simply feel more weighty. They portend something momentous. They promise the life-altering. This is what 2020 brings. This could be -- it just feels like -- a big one. Every year, to be certain, has its milestones and its speed bumps. 2019 was like that. 2019 was all… Continue reading This is 2020

Leave the Driving to Them

At the end of next week, Mary Jo, Luke and I will be making our 22nd straight Christmas drive to Cincinnati, the third time Mary Jo and I have made the trip this year. That ride, let me tell you, is not getting any shorter. From our home in the northern Atlanta suburbs, it takes… Continue reading Leave the Driving to Them

Wood Work

Sometime around 2003 -- I'm pretty sure it was 2003 -- our still-young family left our little house in a wooded suburb of northern Atlanta looking for a little more space, a little better neighborhood and a little more tree cover. Trees are one of the best things about the Atlanta area. Really. Anyone who… Continue reading Wood Work

Recycling, Again

When you live anywhere for any length of time, you accumulate. We've been in our house now for 16 years or so, just for an example, and there's not a closet, a nook, a cranny, a cabinet, not a single corner of our unfinished basement that doesn't have something stuffed into it. And that something,… Continue reading Recycling, Again

Into the Great Unknown

Retirement always has been some sort of faraway concept to me, a fuzzy dream that may or may not contain beaches, golf, exotic vacations, lounging around in various stages of undress with your still-hot, always smiling spouse, and lots of time to volunteer, to read and to work on projects that you never really found… Continue reading Into the Great Unknown

On Jekyll

A few weeks ago, for the first time in my 22 years living in Georgia -- I have been here now longer, by a good bit, than I've been anywhere, and have stayed in this house on this cul de sac in Alpharetta longer than in any single place, including the big red house in… Continue reading On Jekyll