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Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That wants it down.’ — Robert Frost My driveway is parallel to my neighbor’s property. There is a strip of land a few feet wide between … more
Last year, as the attentive reader may recall, I made the switch from ICE (internal combustion engine) mowing to battery-powered mowing. I gave periodic reports on that last year and it all went … more
You are now graduating from college in the time of COVID. Nothing is normal; neither New Normal nor otherwise. But there are some eternal things that are happening now: Your parents are proud; your … more
It’s springtime in the Little Balkans and, thanks to our neighbor, Pat, we have a large vase of multicolored irises in the kitchen. Last week I got my tomato plants in and my son and I muscled old … more
As I put together the music programming for Miners’ Hall Museum last year I had several opportunities to talk to music lover Don Falletti. Not long after the MHM programs, I got an essay from Don … more
I thought when I got to be old I would understand the world, but I’ve been listening to so many people talk about so many things in so many ways I don’t even understand what I used to. (“The … more
I got the diddley scared out of me when I learned, a couple weeks back, that the Kansas City Southern Railway Co. was likely to be taken over by the Canadian Pacific in the near future. As my dad … more
I am back from my cousin Karen’s funeral. Strictly speaking, she wasn’t my cousin; she was my cousin’s wife. But there are some relationships that are so long-standing time erases the … more
It’s been said that once a school teacher has you in their class, he or she will forever more think of you as “one of my kids.” This week’s chronicle, by Chris Polsak, speaks to the … more
You may recall that over the course of time I have developed an intricate theory of cat physics. It is a very detailed theory, but it developed initially out of the phenomenon that my family always … more
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