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I hate using The Simpsons as a social marker, but it’s hard not to, because they have hit the mark (deliberately or not) on so many of the simple realities of living life. There is an episode (season 8 – “In Marge We Trust” – gotta love Google) that starts with the family in church, suffering […]

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My rest conversation was an April Fool’s joke, so I told 10 Cents I would do a “real” one later in the month. More

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Work now means writing on foreign policy. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do & it is the sort of troublesome stuff I love–I was educated to do pol.sci: The uglier things get, the more I like it. I sometimes think there is something for men that’s like gossip for women–like Jane Austen characters […]

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There is an executive I know of who started a new job last August. He goes from meeting to meeting to meeting and gets little rest. His employees have conspired for him in a late April Fool’s Day prank to fill his calendar today with bogus meetings. He will come in, see his calendar is […]

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It had been a fun summer, so far. A little too fun. After road-tripping my way through a wave of college friends’ weddings, I’d arrived for a visit at my parents’ house in Tulsa, exhausted and hoarse. My mother, who’d always been more vigilant with my health than I ever was, had marched me in […]

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Rest — The reason why it has taken me 10 plus years to repair this fence, and the reason why a myriad of projects around the house and yard have not been engaged in or only half finished. More

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I write all day. The day job I work as a tech writer. Evenings and weekends I am a freelance writer. For me, rest is not writing. So I won’t. More

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I’ve had a very fortunate life, so I have very little wisdom to impart on luck. And so many good things I’ve experienced were through no particular personal merit. So I was struggling for ideas – nothing but boring good luck. Until my Mum’s 88th birthday, on Monday. Sitting at her table, talking with Mum, Dad […]

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I have an unusual relationship with luck. I believe in luck – good and bad – but I do not trust it. The only thing I rely upon is that luck is a fickle mistress; otherwise it would not be luck. Perhaps this is because I have my own peculiar form of luck. Call it […]

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I was intrigued by this assignment because I’ve said it too, so many times – “I’m lucky to be alive.” Not just in childhood but embarrassingly far into my [alleged] adulthood, I’ve had some dates with disaster that were so barely-missed, I can still get a bit light-headed if I think too long on how […]

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What is luck? Is it just a form of probability that we notice? I remember reading somewhere that if one were to have thirty random people in the room, the probability is that two would share the same birthday. One would think that the probability would not approach unity until one had as many people […]

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When my oldest daughter was about 5, when asked what I did she would say, “My Dad’s a fixer-man”. She has always been a smart girl. I’ve been a maintenance man all my career, because I love it. There are few better feelings than bringing back to life something that’s broken, or to properly maintain […]

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Quilter and I have been married for nearly 40 years. Over that time only one other female vied for my affection. Only one – a red haired, blue-eyed beauty I met in the 1990s. Quilter knew her competitor, and was amused rather than jealous. Her rival was an Australian Shepherd. We had a dog before […]

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If I were singing the blues, I might sing that: “I ain’t got no wife. I ain’t got no mayonnaise. But I got a melody.” Initially, I planned to bow out this month. Unlucky for y’all, Dime invited posts on all manners of love. Well, what mayo is to Olive, music is to me. Strangely, I […]

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(No, this isn’t another breadmaking anecdote.) My non-existent classical education makes waxing philosophical dangerous, because someone has always said it before, better – feel free to send me such links in the comments, and I will feel suitably abashed. But, unless you REALLY want to hear the story of my colossally expensive but entirely useless washdown […]

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My life is filled with failure.   More

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After signing up for this month’s sock rally, I immediately began racking my brain for topics. My first thought was that no one wants to hear my sob stories; that I should focus on something more useful to people in general. But this might be one time it’s actually good to be self-referential. Love requires […]

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I wrote a wonderful, laugh-out-loud, and far too detailed a story. And then I realized that I cannot post it now, even behind a paywall. Perhaps in five years.  Here is what survived the cutting-room floor: More

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