Monday, April 22, 2024

A Beached Hermit

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As I write this, the temperatures outside hover in the 20s and 30s and the ground is covered with a thin layer of snow and ice.

Writing: An Enigmatic Paradox

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Of the many words I am deeply fond of, there are two in particular that give me pause every time I come across them. The word "Paradox" (a self-contradiction that may turn out to...

Never Underestimate “Old Top”

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Shit Talkin' is an acquired skill; everybody does it, but only the best of us can do it well enough that the target never forgets what was said to them at their own expense....

Her Name Is Beatrice

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Since the dawn of humankind, certainly, no later than when we started praying to Gods (Sun, Moon, Stars, and so on), we have given these things names. 300,000 years later, more or less, there...

Of Poignance & Bucket Lists

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It’s interesting how seemingly casual, light-hearted conversations can sometimes take on lives of their own and wind up in places that were never intended. I suppose it happens often enough to be no great...

Cross-Species Teambuilding

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This is not a puppy story; now that Miss Alice has her own account, email address, and identity, she is hard at work on her next diary. It is a Hermit Chronicle derived partly...

Beauty In Chaos

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If such a thing existed as a self-portrait of internal brain function, mine must surely be this image. I took this picture about a year ago and have come back to it quite a...

If I’d Written A COVID Diary

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The lede would have been, "Day 1: Dear Diary, what in the actual fuck?" While my brain was catching some z's last night, filing away random shit that will come back to visit me...

A Tricky Tricycle Caper

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My birthday came and went a few weeks ago, quietly and with little fanfare as birthdays should be once you have fallen headlong into your twilight years. And, the older I get the more...

48 Hours

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I have quoted James Taylor more than once on his observation that "the secret to life is enjoying the passage of time." He is not wrong, and perhaps the greatest wonder of our species...