[Originally posted on LinkedIn] Last weekend I attended my first ACES conference. But let me back up. When I met the charming, brilliant woman who would consent to being my wife, she had one stipulation: "There is no way I can marry an unlettered man." I was a couple semesters shy of my bachelor's and … Continue reading My First ACES Conference
I'm doing lots of writing. I haven't touched my travel journal in about a year, let's say, and I haven't done any writing here that I'd shape up for publication. But I do have another blog where I'm challenging myself to stick to as close to a story-a-day project as I can. Sometimes that means … Continue reading Busy Elsewhere
[A long time ago, a friend asked me to write lyrics for his band. I drew this up promptly and as far as I know it was never used.] Brummie, the big fat Dutchman, He strode into town The sun was setting and the sky was dark And there were few of us around Brummie, … Continue reading The Legend of Brummie
My wife and I just moved ten blocks south of our old place, from the CARAG neighborhood into East Harriet. This doesn't mean much except for a few things: I went from three coffee shops within easy walking distance to zero cafes anywhere. There's one on the corner that opens exactly when I catch the … Continue reading Shifting Neighborhoods
Well, it's not going terribly. Along with my semiannual revising of the passwords, I've also unsubscribed from a number of email lists and deactivated my accounts on a dozen websites and services. It feels good to clean that all out, even if it's just an e-placebo effect. I like wrapping these things up and narrowing … Continue reading Story Thus Far
What brought me to WordPress, to commit to installing it and learning all the programs and routines around it? For dozens of years I was a happy Google user. I have a legacy storage account, no reason to give that up; I used Google Buzz for as long as it ran, I boosted Blogger when … Continue reading Traditional First Entry
Your credit score, linked to your national ID, goes down if you post on social media about dissenting political views, discussing history that isn't state-approved.