Eye Eye, Matey

Other than the chest-cracking I went through about four years ago -- eh, nothing to it -- I have not spent much time in my life around doctors itching to improve their scalpel skills. But as sometimes happens with a man of my particular maturity (read that like Liam Neeson), you can't avoid these things forever. So here… Continue reading Eye Eye, Matey

It’s Still a Zoo Out There

When Luke was a little kid -- that kid is coming up on 22 any day now -- our family, like lots of families, tromped through our share of requisite trips to the local zoo. It's a parental rite of passage. A kid's prime zoo-going years are somewhere between 2-12, I'd guess, though it might… Continue reading It’s Still a Zoo Out There

Lyrical: Taylor Swift

And you call me up again just to break me like a promise So casually cruel in the name of being honest -- All Too Well, Taylor Swift OK, clearly, Taylor Swift is not for me, right? I probably have no business listening to someone who teenage girls get. How could I, a past upper-middle-aged… Continue reading Lyrical: Taylor Swift

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

How to Read

After years of having our local newspaper slung onto the driveway every morning, we recently made the decision, finally, to stop it. We're still getting our Atlanta Journal-Constitution every day. But it's in digital-only form from here on out, so we can read it on our laptops (because we don't sit in front of those… Continue reading How to Read

A Right to Health_Care

A great debate now rages in the Democratic party about health care and health insurance and what rights America should grant its citizens, if any, to ensure that if we fall ill or are injured, we won't have to worry that the exorbitant costs of care will lead us to early graves. Or dump us… Continue reading A Right to Health_Care