- Close, but no Cigar!
- Smarty-pants Not Wanted on This Planet
- A Pipe Made by Two (no, not a Bicycle Built For Two)
- Bovine Scatologists and Trumpet Blowers Galore at Bullshit Central
- Grab Crab: May the Bleeding Hearts Cry! And for Rabbits Too!
- Diwali Debacle
- Rare Japanese Lacquer Pipes
- Greek Odyssey
- Quiescence and Hiatus
- Join! It’s Free! Or is It?
Category Archives: Places in the Heart
Good to be back and blogging again. Ah, we’re into 2020 now. Apart from 2019 being a year I celebrated my 35th wedding anniversary, and a year I was recognized by the Association of Productivity Specialists as a Master Productivity … Continue reading
After ten enjoyable years, it’s time to take a break. Starting today, I’m off to see the parts of the world I’ve never visited before. It will be an extended trip, something I have not done for a long time. … Continue reading
In my very first year of formal schooling (that would have been in the early 60’s) my mother would peel grapes, remove their seeds, and chill them in the refrigerator. At recess, she’ll be at the school tuckshop, waiting for … Continue reading
Today I turn 62. Over the past week or so, and in this and the coming weeks, I have been hosted and will be hosted to several so-called birthday meals in my honor. Except for two occasions, nobody has asked … Continue reading
These days I live in fear. I barricade myself at home. I make sure all the lights are off. I want to give the impression that no one’s in. I dread hearing my doorbell ring. I jump out of my … Continue reading
A pod of 75 killer whales, or orcas, roams in a huge territory that includes waters off Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria, British Columbia. Orcas are among the earth’s most socially sophisticated animals. They live in matrilineal groups that include four … Continue reading
Some weeks ago, I flew from Singapore to Hong Kong, Kong Kong to Narita, Narita to Chicago and then from Chicago to Marquette, Michigan, to visit a dear friend, a world-renowned pipe maker, whose masterpieces command four-figure prices. I spent … Continue reading
Yup, 33 years together. My wife has the patience of a saint. Only God is able to adequately reward her. So, I’ll just stand aside and let God do his job.