July 2008

“What in the world are you doing?” Kris said, stopping in the middle of the road. She pointed at my bare feet. “It’s just a whim,” I said. “I want to see if I can do this.” “It’s over a mile to Paul and Amy Jo’s house,” she said. “The asphalt is hot.” “My feet […]

It’s one o’clock when we reach the house. Neither Mom nor I have eaten all day. She took her meds sometime before I picked her up at nine; I ate half a bag of peanut M&Ms on the drive to Salem. When we walk into the kitchen, she sets her purse down and says, “I’m […]

Stevie Nicks Day

23 July 2008 · 4 comments

All afternoon, I’ve been listening to the same song: “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks. This was a modest hit when I was a freshman in high school. I had the LP and loved it. Some genius (and I mean this in literally) recently thought to remix the song into a nearly-twelve minute version called the […]

Last fall at Animal Intelligence, I shared a two-minute video of a cat who was raised by a crow. A reader recently pointed me to a longer video with a more complete story on this unlikely friendship: There is nothing I like more than stories of interspecies friendship. I love the idea that different kinds […]

Ah, friends, so many things to tell you in order to relate a simple story. I should write at this blog more often. I’ll do my best to be succinct. In March, I wrote a post at my fitness blog asking which whole wheat bread is best? I picked up one of every loaf from […]

Movie Meme

18 July 2008 · 9 comments

It’s been a while since I did one of those silly internet games, yes? Well, Frykitty recently posted a movie meme, and I’m going to join in. This list is apparently based on Entertainment Weekly‘s 100 classic movies of the past 25 years. I’m going to break from the ongoing list method (“bold everything you’ve […]

Watchmen Trailer

17 July 2008 · 3 comments

I’ve been sorely disappointed by a lot of comic book movies. That’s a tough thing for a life-long comics geek like me. There’s a bare handful of comic films I like: Spiderman 2, Iron Man, Batman Begins. (And I hear The Dark Knight, the new Batman film, is pretty good.) When I first heard that […]

On my recent visit to the doctor’s office, a nurse weighed me and measured my height. “How tall am I?” I asked. “I can’t ever get a good measurement.” “You’re five-eight,” she said. “Ah,” I said. “I thought I was five-nine.” She laughed. “You’re like every other guy — always trying to say you’re taller […]

Yoga Race

08 July 2008 · 3 comments

Kris is sad. Our Nintendo Wii died recently, so we’ve had to ship it back for repair ($82.50). She’d become addicted to Wii Fit, particularly the yoga, but for the past week or so, she’s had to improvise. Meanwhile, my doctor pronounced me “as flexible as a two-by-four”. “You might want to try some yoga,” […]

Last summer on our drive across England, we stopped at Jane Austen’s house. The inside was okay, but mostly I found it a little boring. A house is not a house when there’s nobody living there. It’s an empty shell of a thing — a museum. But I found I loved the gardens. In the […]