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While we still have power…

Friday, February 8, 2013 — 14:40

So far this well touted blizzard has been very well mannered.  Two PM was its scheduled time.

I find seeing questions on the various weather related sites as to the “scheduled” time for this natural phenomenon to arrive.

We are so attuned to seeing the world through the eyes of one lens or another, and there are SO many more lenses out there of late, that we have come to see the world as a scheduled event. 

The close-by passage of an asteroid in the very near future is being posted with the times it will be visible with hand held magnification.

It takes away a little of the wonder, a little of the mystery of the world. Consider the mythology that would be written if our less electronically connected ancestors looked up and saw a rock flying really close to the earth. Now our reference point is it will pass inside not only the orbit of the moon but inside the orbit of communications satellites.

The glad tidings reported is that it isn’t “scheduled” to hit either the earth, the moon, and most important, any communications satellite. And we go about our business sure in the veracity of that information.



Today is my Birthday

Sunday, March 7, 2010 — 10:49

Having a birthday when a third of the way through chemotherapy does put a perspective on the meaning of the day.  The elephant in the room of cancer’s ultimate consequence looms menacingly into view on days such as this.  Once seen though, it is time to send the pachyderm  out into the yard to play.

Over the past few years I have attended functions such as birthday parties and bar & bat mitzvahs where one of the attendees had cancer.  The rapturous celebration they displayed at have been able to attend one more thing escaped me at the time.  It has come fully into focus now.

They are all buried and gone.

I have a one more thing today and I intend to enjoy it!


The cancer card

Sunday, February 7, 2010 — 8:00
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If the blog entries have been sparse and few between, we are going to pull the cancer card.
Starting with the discovery of a lump in the neck the day before thanksgiving and up to last week I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions. “Could be cancer, could be something else.” This was the phrase that put a damper on getting treatment started.  The next was “Could be lymphoma, could be carcinoma.”

Where we are now is it could be only aggressive or it could be aggressive combined with slow growing.  To determine that a sample of the bone in my hip needs to be taken tomorrow. 

The chemotherapy begins on Thursday.  We’re expecting blizzard like conditions on Wednesday.  My son was born during a blizzard, so I will take that as a good sign.


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The RSS Wave

Monday, September 7, 2009 — 6:45
Does She ever smile

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Residing on the East Coast of the United States I can feel the tide of content flow over my head in the morning coming from the east.  I monitor my RSS reader, FeedDemon from around 0600 until usually past midnight.

The first flow is always from Europe, reading English as my primary language, mostly from the UK, but certainly other parts of Europe and Africa contribute to the content.
Then, as the sun grows brighter, the Canadians seem to perk up before the pundits from NY and Boston add their morning stretches to the mix. After that, the more civilized who actually sit down to breakfast, get the kids off to school, or settle into their cubicles begin to comment.

During the work week, I don’t go back to reading the feeds until after 1800, but when I do, I find the Midwest and Pacific coasts of Canada, the US and parts of South America have all contributed to the content.

After my own Dinner and the house has settled in, I make my last scan to say good morning to the left side of the Pacific Rim, Japan, China, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the most vociferous, Australia and New Zealand.

Beside the 600 meters a second scientist are saying we travel through the universe, this gentle wave of information, not intrusive but actively available has become my connection to civilized thought.  Without the RSS reader, it would be much more difficult to scan so broad a range of information, opinion and shared wonder.


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The Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, September 3, 2009 — 21:22
Pepper Gold

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The days are getting shorter and the first week of school is done.  It’s won’t be long before the leaves turn gold and red and them become so much litter.

Though we all know Summer has a few more weeks to it as the world tilts, but, tilt be damned, we have created this day in September, Labor Day. 

It was originally designed to celebrate the working man and later woman.  Now it is seen more of seasonal marker.

The fun is over, the business begins. At least in the US of A.


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I know it’s only a day, but..

Sunday, August 30, 2009 — 8:58
Summer on the Estate

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There never was a summer vacation that I recall that ended while it is still August, but my son is expected at school tomorrow, August 31, 2009.

I know it’s only one day, but it is still August. 
I know there is the Swine Flu Thing, but it is still August.

It just doesn’t seem right. To me.  My son seems to care less. 

He is actually looking forward to going back to school.

What has happened to kids today???

Back in the day we would have organized committees, tacked signs to sticks, prepared safe houses and decided what to do if the police came. Now, they get on the bus, plug in their iPods, put on a happy face and go to school.

But, it’s still August!!!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 21, 2009 — 7:20
Sam at Bethesda Fountain in NYC Central Park Copyright 2004 JDK Communications of New England.

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To all the fellow fathers out there, think not of today as your day.  It is the day for your children, your family, to show their love for you by doing things they feel you would like. 

It matters little whether any of these things are to  your liking.  You must show appreciation for the spirit in which they are given. Do this and you will be a good father.


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