Thursday, July 30, 2015

Goodbye, Ruby

It took awhile to write this post because it’s the hardest thing I’ve yet to do. Ruby found her peace passing with her family at a pet hospital on July 17, 2015.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Keeping an Eye on Things

Road work supervisor

This blog goes in fits and starts. Just ended a fit, ready for another start.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Manhattan

Famous drinks often have disputed or mysterious origins (a few colorful histories of other drinks here, here, and here). The Manhattan cocktail fits this bill and is a classic cocktail any bartender should master.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It Started With A Mouse...

Walt with his mouse friend, from his tribute museum at Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney's quotes have followed him through the decades, even if he never said some of them. One of the most famous: "It started with a mouse..."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ok, Then... #2

Waiting makes me uncomfortable. Those dead minutes before the start of something make me fidgety in a funny sort of way.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

500 Posts

Milestone befitting of a Fiat Cinquecento
810 days ago, I posted the 400th entry on this blog. Today marks the next century milestone - 500 posts.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Walt Wednesdays

Walt Disney statue at the center of the Magic Kingdom

I'm starting a new weekly series on Walt Disney, as I progress on my current writing project.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Here Comes the Sun

The weather has turned, for the better. Snow is melting, and Spring is coming (did time have anything to do with it?)

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ice Capades

No surprise that the never-ending winter offered its next round of precipitation, rain then sleet then freezing. Which meant Ice Capades for Ruby.

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Trees Are Weeping

Funny, it sounded like rain outside - on a clear sky morning. How does that work?

Sunday, March 01, 2015

OK, Then...

This used to be our doorbell until...

It's Sunday, so I'm free to think random thoughts. The typical reaction is OK, then...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Art of the Party

What makes a party? I'm answering this question as part of a product design challenge.

Friday, February 27, 2015


Remember that proper Italian supper from last month? I had occasion to make peppered beef, or peposo again to finally share the recipe.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hot Pot

So many thoughts in my head, so few ideas stirring a blog post. So I thought about hot pot.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ruby bites

M&M's of a Ruby quality

What happens when you put two things together that you really love? Ruby bites.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Why I Blog

Dusk coming in a Maldives lagoon

I blog for a reason, and it's not fame or fortune.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ask Why

Why does the crab always head towards the pole?

When I'm stuck and looking for some inspiration, I ask the question, "why", and I get unstuck.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year, celebrated en masse across Asia. It's the year of the sheep/ram/goat.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Elevator Pitch

To sell in today's world requires an elevator pitch. You've basically got 30 seconds, about the time of a standard TV ad.

Monday, February 16, 2015


From the podium of the West Wing Press Briefing Room

It's President's Day in the US, a day to celebrate past presidents back to George Washington, the country's first president. After all, the date was originally set to commemorate his birthday.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

All Roads

All roads lead to Rome. An idiomatic expression that has less relevance for today's Classics-agnostic culture, but when the center of the western world was Rome, every road did actually lead there from the provinces.

Friday, February 13, 2015

California Dreamin'

Today's high temperature is 25 degrees F/-4 degrees C. It's this kind of weather that caused me to go west in my youth.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Plain Talk

Plain talk, not plane talk...

In college, I won an award for "verbose vernacular". These days, I've retired from using big words.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Window Seat

Quiet time on an airplane is one of the last bastions left for every day meditation. I took advantage of my flight time this week to have a think from the window seat.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ruby Tuesday - Bedtime

Ruby stays with grandma and grandpa when we travel. That makes her happy for all the fatty food she'll get but sad that we are away. Now that we are back, it doesn't take her long to get comfy for bedtime.

Monday, February 09, 2015


From beach wedding to barren cupboard - that's what really happens on a homecoming.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Change of Scenery

From cold and grey...

You know how I said it was cold earlier this week? I went and did something about it.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Moon Shadow

Cat Stevens (er Yusuf Islam) was on regular rotation in my high school art class, thanks to our teacher's affinity for his music.  One of his songs came to mind during this week's full moon.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015


Snow tracks

It's not quite Barrow, Alaska, but winter has carried on this year (and on and on).

Monday, February 02, 2015

Good Game

Seattle Seahawks colors at the bar did not result in victory

Sunday was the Super Bowl, the reigning champion of US sporting events (and national TV ratings). The 49th playing (or XLIX for the purists) turned out to be the most-watched TV show in US television history at over 114.4 million households, according to Nielsen.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Merriam-Webster defines habit as a "usual way of behaving: something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way." Basically something that someone already does, almost without impulse. This must be why habits are hard to make and keep.

Friday, January 30, 2015


Opportunity presents itself in a myriad of ways, although not always as we expect. More often, it is uncertain and looks like work.