Important Announcement for Relatives, Friends, and Colleagues

Like many people, I have grappled with finding a way to use Facebook that keeps me connected to people I love and care about, without compromising my personal serenity or security. I have personally found Facebook less and less satisfying to reach my objective. I have found the platform increasingly ugly. In fact, after experimenting with a variety of use… Continue reading

Memories from an Educator (Part 1)

Yesterday I unexpectedly reconnected (on Facebook) with a student, a working musician now for 20 years, from my last year as a music teacher over 25 years ago. He messaged me out of the blue: “Hello, were you a middle school chorus teacher in Georgia?” I replied: “Well, yes. But I’m thinking that was about 245 years ago now.” The… Continue reading

Some Election-Time Serenity

A week ago, I jokingly posted this photo of Steve and me as we traveled to Winnipeg for a yet-to-be disclosed reason. I joked that, since Trump appears to be the presumptive Republican party presidential nominee, we were avoiding the mad rush to Canada. But, have you noticed, I’ve stopped posting much about politics these days? I’ve all but stopped… Continue reading

Ok, Ok. So I Lied!

I admit it. I told a little white lie. I did it innocently enough. I swear. Back when I set up my Facebook account I diligently filled in all of the information Mark Zuckerberg requested. I figured it would help me reconnect with people from my past (high school, colleges, etc.). Later I learned how Mr. Zuckerberg was using all… Continue reading

The Book of Questions

Back in the ’80’s, when I was yet a young sapling, The Book of Questions was on the NYTimes Best Selling list, and I bought it. It was, in some ways, a coming of age experience at a time in my life when I was beginning to more closely re-examine everything I had been taught to think. What did I… Continue reading

Good Laugh

Everyone who knows me is aware of my ongoing efforts to needle those who claim we have a War of Christmas1. I came across this Facebook post from a mutual friend of ours (Thanks, Bill!) that made me laugh out loud. The idea and the photo are his clever mind, not mine. I just share. Casualties from the War on… Continue reading

Why I Just Canceled Spotify

I learned that Spotify just updated their Terms of Service (TOS). Like Facebook, they want as much information about me as they can get. They should change their name to Spotispy. For example, they now are collecting: Where you are 24/7 How fast you are moving Your contacts’ information in your address book All of the media files on your… Continue reading

The Future Just Isn’t What It Used to Be

Predicting the Future I view much, probably most, of the conversation/predictions about what the future holds with a generous amount of skepticism. But some predictions hold a believable level of certainty and, frankly, are worrisome to me. Self-Driving Cars, for Example I believe that self-driving cars are in our not-too-distant future. And this frightens more than comforts me. For example,… Continue reading

Friends Who Make Me Think

I love having friends who make me think—make me think new thoughts, thoughts I hadn’t considered before. Sharon is such a friend to me. I’ll come back to this in a moment. But first… I went to the dermatologist this week. A “thing” near my temple looks like it might be a basal cell carcinoma. They took a biopsy. Oh,… Continue reading