Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

These Past Years

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

It’s 2015, and we’re halfway through this decade. My 48th birthday has come and gone. Having been born in January, my years have always lined up with the calendar. I find myself reflecting on my last five years. My body has begun to show signs of wear and tear. When I turned 43, my body […]

Eight Things I’m Proud to Have Accomplished This Year

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

At year’s end, my thoughts. It was, for me personally, a very full year. It was full not just with busy-business (though there was some of that to be sure) but full of value and purpose, full of meaningful engagement. I look back on several accomplishments with some pride. So, with no further humility… I […]

Revelations in Blackout

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

We lost electrical service to our house for 98 hours. That’s just over four days. And during these four days I discovered something odd. I sort of liked it. It feels wrong, saying that when over a hundred thousand of my fellow citizens are still without power. The constant question around the city these days […]

Mindfulness, Meditation

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Back in August when Persephone started school my morning routine changed severely. Instead of being responsible for bundling a toddler off to daycare, suddenly I was seeing wife and daughter on their way. I waved goodbye and then they were gone. And there I was, with the house to myself, and at least an hour […]


Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Here I am on my 20th birthday, with my mother and sister. My hair was thicker then. That was 25 years ago today. For as long as I can remember, I’ve contemplated my mortality on an almost daily basis, yet I’ve often behaved as if I think I’m immortal. I’ve frequently envisioned myself as an […]

Writing to Expand the Self

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

I promised to write about my three regular practices: meditation, baking, and writing. The last topic should be the easiest to address. I’ve been doing it the longest, and I feel as if I understand it somewhat. And yet: Surely it’s foolish to write about writing. Hasn’t it all been said, or written, before? Come […]

Question of Practice

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

I touched on the idea of dialog as a practice which I hope to cultivate. Here are some other practices which I’m, um, practicing, with some regularity. Mindfulness meditation. Writing. Baking bread. I took yoga classes for about three months, but cut them as an austerity measure; now that our finances have stabilized I should […]

What’s Been Going On

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

A Good Juicy Paradox Since the birth of my daughter Persephone, life has been very interesting to say the least. That comes as no surprise, and yet it’s a huge surprise at the same time. Contradict myself much? I do love a good juicy paradox. It’s no surprise because, after all, it’s blindingly obvious that […]

The High Value of Cheap Counsel

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Back when I lived in Bloomington, Indiana, I availed myself of counseling services at the Center for Human Growth twice. The first time was when I was an undergraduate living in the Collins LLC. The Center for Human Growth was nearby at that time, and at some point I became aware of them and decided […]

Return Home

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

I got Persephone up at dawn to see the sunrise on our last morning at Vero. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as dramatic as on the morning of the solstice. But it was still beautiful. Unfortunately I neglected to tell Xy I was getting our daughter up so early. I also neglected to inform her that […]

Thursday Off

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Posting has been a little thin here lately, for good reason: I’ve been on vacation. My plan now is to back up in time and recreate these ten days in excruciating detail. So here we go. My in-laws rolled into town on Wednesday, June 15, but my vacation officially began the next day, when I […]


Friday, May 27th, 2011

A couple days ago Xy reported she had trouble with the car starting, and sure enough the next morning it was dead. We packed Xy off in a cab. (When she got to her school on the West Bank, she discovered the cab wasn’t equipped to take credit cards (although the dispatcher had assured me […]

Quake, Flood, Radiation, Moon

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

It really pains me to write it, but this situation in Japan seems horribly familiar. It’s like the Japanese people are getting hit with a combination of Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans and the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster — all at the same time, and quite clearly worse. I don’t see a lot […]

Random Grab Bag Roundup

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

I thought it might be interesting to collect all the stuff that caught my attention on the net today but it proved impossible. There’s just way too much. What follows is only a smattering.


Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’m not much for resolutions but I do have some goals for this year. Finish ROX #96. Really need to wrap this one up. It’s been four years since our last episode. Where has the time gone? Prepare a presentation on “The Role of Blogs in the Rebuilding of New Orleans” for the AERA 2011 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Life’s Too Good

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I’ve been reflecting lately on how happy I am, and this makes me nervous. I love my daughter and my wife, my health is fairly good, at work I’m pursuing a line of inquiry which is fresh and exciting to me, I’ve been reading some good books, we’re finally seeing some progress on the greenway, […]