Category: life in general

On coping with modern technology: a lament

  My thermostat is very  smart; On the cutting edge and state of art. But the trouble, you see, Is entirely me And the lack of the brains on my part.

On Nothing

    “But the one skill Maddon seemingly is proudest of is the art of doing nothing. According to the Cubs‘ manager, no one does nothing better than him. ‘I really enjoy that,’ he said. ‘I didn’t have enough chance to do nothing last offseason. I want more of an opportunity to do nothing, and... Read more »

Mariah Carey won't let time wrinkle her outlook

  “‘I think I have to remain eternally oblivious to age. Honestly, when you put a number on it yourself, it’s just like, Why? Why do that?’ Mariah Carey in People Magazine on why she never acknowledges her age (45) to make herself seem eternally young.” [Chicago Sun-Times]   Of  days on this planet Mariah’s... Read more »

Gratitude for the commonplace

  For the good things in life I give thanks: For the rivers that run in their banks. For the rise of the sun, And occasional fun, And some mustard to put on my franks.

My Favorite Quote

    I  could fill many spiral notebooks with my favorite quotes. And I did so  over the many years I taught in parochial and public schools. Here is one I especially like because of how the author.,Ashley Montagu,  answers the perennial question, Nature or Nurture? “The evidence strongly suggests that it can no longer... Read more »

Sriracha leaves me cold. I'll stick with ketchup.

“Even inmates demand ‘rooster sauce,’ at least according to ‘Orange Is the New Black.’ Must mean Sriracha is the new ketchup.” [Leah Eskin in the Tribune’s Life & Style Sunday magazine]   I’m allergic to anything spicy. Just a nibble for me would be dicey When I read that sriracha Is a hot sauce, I... Read more »

About this subject, science and religion are on the same page

  “Countless studies have found that generosity, both volunteering and charitable donations, benefits young and old physically and psychologically. The benefits of giving are significant, according to studies: lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less anxiety and depression, reduced cardiovascular risk and overall greater happiness.” [Terri Yablonsky, from “A giving nature improves health” in... Read more »

How I became a dog owner for the first time. And regretted it.

I envy people who have total command of their dogs. I’ve owned in my time  three of them  outright.  Although I shouldn’t  count the first one whom  we got early in our marriage. He —they’ve all been males—lasted  a very  brief time.  It was our first apartment on a corner across  from Gage Park High... Read more »

Reflections on a new trend: decluttering

  Author’s note: The following verse was occasioned by reading in the Tribune’s Life and Style section  (pp. 4-5) “Behind the Zen of decluttering: The self-help trend of the season is fueled by a charismatic cleaning guru [Marie Kondo] and a ‘clutter crisis'” by Nara Schoenberg. There are people who own and possess So much... Read more »

British study says the fair sex better liars. But not in this line of work.

  A survey says that women lie More often than men do. Except of course in politics Where the opposite is true.