Monthly Archives: April 2009


Spring is coming.  Out for my morning walk, I heard the first varied thrush of the year.  The breeze is warmer, with every day above freezing.  The days are noticeably longer, and the sun actually feels warm to these old … Continue reading

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Searching for a Senator

I try not to let incompetent fools irritate the crap out of me, but sometimes it’s really difficult.  It’s taken years. but I’ve learned to smile at checkstand personnel in stores who can’t figure out change for a $5 bill … Continue reading

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Dinghy Sailing

From Bernard Moitessier on why you should learn to sail a dinghy.  For non-sailors, Bernard Moitessier is a legendary solo sailor and Optimists are small dinghies often used for training kids to sail. …when we got to the yacht club, … Continue reading

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Reed-Throated Wisperer

While I, From that reed-throated whisperer Who comes at need, although not now as once A clear articulation in the air, But inwardly, surmise companions Beyond the fling of the dull ass’s hoof -Ben Johnson’s phrase- and find when June … Continue reading

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Sailing to Byzantium

THAT is no country for old men. The young In one another’s arms, birds in the trees – Those dying generations – at their song, The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas, Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long Whatever is … Continue reading

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Old Man Chung (for Senator Ted Stevens)

North of the city lived old man Chung; his larder was full of meat and wine. Ah, the day his poor wife died the funeral guests overflowed the hall. But when old man Chung himself passed on, not a single … Continue reading

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Would've, Could've, Should've

Ted Stevens’ conviction has been thrown out, due to prosecutor malfeasance.  I feel sorry for “Uncle Ted”, who has been a leader of Alaska since the beginning.  He was instrumental in Alaska becoming a state.  But neither he nor I … Continue reading

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