Archive for October, 2010

Finding a Grave

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

We went looking for this grave after seeing a request on Find a Grave. After some help from “Big Bad John” at the cemetery office, we found it. (The office for Cypress Grove is across City Park Avenue in Greenwood Cemetery.) Turns out I could have just gone to the website and done the search […]

Santa Muerte

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

I recently noticed a small backyard shrine in my neighborhood. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it at first. I thought maybe it was related to Vodou or Santeria. Then, last weekend, I noticed the owner had put up a sign (English and Spanish) saying “Welcome to the Shrine of Santa Muerte.” The […]

Trick or Treat?

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Do you know what “trick or treat” really means? No, I mean really? Isn’t it time you learned the “truth” about Hallowe’en? Aurgelween by Editor B This track available for a limited time only so listen up.


Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Yesterday morning I took my first yoga class ever. Through Living Social, I got a deal on three classes at TriYoga in Mid-City that was just too good to refuse. Even though I’ve never done yoga before, it’s something I’ve regarded positively for many years. Ironically enough, for years I’ve often urged Xy to try […]

Bela Lives

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Hallowe’en is just around the corner, so here’s a mix for the occasion. It’s eight different versions of my favorite song of all time, by eight different artists. These are my favorites from the notorious collection of a hundred-odd versions which is floating around the torrents somewhere. The original is not included, but surely everyone’s […]


Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

I just unearthed an old post, incomplete and never published, about going to church with Xy. I dusted it off, fleshed it out to the best of my memory, and it’s now available in the archives under March 18, 2007, which is probably wrong but it’s my best guess.

Blank Screen

Monday, October 25th, 2010

When I was a teenager, I used to read the comics section of the newspaper on a fairly regular basis. For some reason I’ve gotten into the habit again over the last couple months. The comics have gotten smaller and my eyes have gotten worse. Some of the strips are mildly amusing, while others seem […]

My Sister

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

I had my phone turned off from Saturday night when I went to bed until after noon Sunday. When I fired it back up, I got a volley of three text messages from my sister via Twitter. U still up? Txt me from ur personal. For some reason she doesn’t have my phone number. She […]

Thirty-Two Months

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Dear Persephone, On the first of this month, as we were riding the bicycle on our way home from a meeting, I heard you exclaim, “Look at that black man!” I was a bit startled. What? Since when does my little girl identify people on the basis of race? Then I saw that you were […]

Virginia Lazarus

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

On Friday, with a little time to kill, my daughter and I stopped by one of the many cemeteries clustered in our neighborhood. I’d been in this one before, but I came through a different gate, so I had never seen the name “Dispersed of Judah.” I hadn’t noticed it was a Jewish cemetery, though […]

My Cake Explodes

Monday, October 18th, 2010

All of a sudden I’m getting a surge of traffic to this old photo of my birthday cake from 1984. I trace the hits back to a tweet from a journalist in Paris (with a Troll 2 background no less) named Alex Hervaud. Dude’s got 6,718 followers. Here’s the tweet: Si j’avais fêté mes 17 […]

How I Roll

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I know I mentioned that some mysterious person gave me a couple hundred bucks after my last bike got stolen, but I don’t think I wrote about what I bought as a replacement. It’s a Globe. I don’t want anyone to think I am posting this as some sort of tribute to the make and […]

Thanks Qatar

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Here at the University today we are celebrating the opening of the College of Pharmacy’s new Qatar Pavilion. This is a big deal. In addition to our president, the mayor will be saying a few words and the special guest is His Excellency Saad Bin Ibrahim al-Mahmoud, the Minister of Education & Higher Education for […]

Dental Drama

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Last Wednesday I got a filling and a temporary crown. While I was numbed up I took a bite out of the inside of my cheek. The temp popped off that evening while I was eating dinner, but my dentist re-affixed it the next morning. The pain in my cheek and jaw got worse, however, […]

A Particular Day in 1999

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Although I started this blog in 2004, I’ve added bits and pieces to extend the story back to May of 1999, when Xy and I first moved to New Orleans. I recently rediscovered a write-up from way back when, so in lieu of the present, I invite you to cast your mind back to August […]

Free Association #3

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Why not? Here’s a new mix of ten tracks, from Ensemble Melpomen to Andrea Bocelli by way of Yo La Tengo.

Concrete Odyssey

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

It started one Sunday in early September. Xy and Persephone were out on a shopping trip, and I had just left on a bike ride to a discussion group meeting, when I decided to circle back around and pump up my tires. As I was finishing, a red car pulled up. A man and a […]

Dark Green Religion

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future by Bron Taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars Here’s a rarity — an academic book that is also a page-turner, at least for me. I couldn’t put it down. This is a broad survey of an emergent global phenomenon which might be called earth worship […]


Monday, October 11th, 2010

I’m still a little “down in the mouth” from getting a temporary crown last week. In the meantime, please check out this link: The Hypothetical Development Organization I’m not really sure what this is all about. As near as I can figure, these folks aim to propose bizarre and fanciful re-developments of existing urban buildings […]

Free Association #2

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Free Association #2 is ready for your listening pleasure. This mix was constructed using the same principles as Free Association #1, posted over a year ago.