The “Happy” in “Happy Independence Day”

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The commentary is from a year ago, and the poem was written so long ago that we were still flying Space Shuttles. But the feeling is quite sincere, and I’ve had much reason to put the skill discussed below to use. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

Bureaucracies

Bureaucracy

I have had a bit of direct experience with bureaucracies. Years before this, working in a “mixed” machine shop (some of the workers were union, some — including me — were not), I had been exposed to union attitudes. If I worked hard and produced a large number of good quality aircraft parts, I was […]

Christmas 2015 and Memories of my Lady Anne

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Christmastime brings a gentle reflection Of my life with my dear Lady Anne It is clear upon any inspection Thanks to her, I was one lucky man […]

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving

To all my friends here, old and new: The best Thanksgiving Day to you! Perhaps you’ll join the great repast And then, recovering, will fast… […]

Ambiance

Explanation

My absence here was noted, and I thank you for the many thoughts and well-wishes. I’ve been in the hospital for a while, then in a “skilled nursing facility” for one 24-hour day. It took me that day, without sleep, to arrange to get out of there. I’d been concerned about being home in current circumstances, but a long night in that facility showed it to be the worse option… […]

Underserved

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In the 1990s, less than one-tenth of 1% of funds went for programs aimed at high-achievers or gifted students. Most of the funds went for the “underserved.” I use that word a lot, professionally, and it refers to poor students (in both senses of the word), and especially to illegal immigrants. If you want to […]

An Interesting Life

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Today would have been my father’s 104th birthday. He was an interesting fellow, and years ago (he lived to be 89) I assembled the voice-recorded stories of his life. It occurs to me to list the various kinds of work he’d done, as it’s a moderately intriguing list. He was not well educated in a traditional sense, but managed to do reasonably well anyway. I hope that the same could be said of me. Here’s the list, off the top of my head: […]

Happy New Year, friends

It’s 2015, and the past year has been one of loss and of elation There’s a personal cost; I like many have lost part of life. This celebration Gives a chance for the past to be over at last, though the memories saved will linger As the ring on my hand makes its own wordless […]

Merry Christmas

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May the Christmas cheer at this time of year Lift you high and ease your loads Of all faiths and creeds, each of us still needs To find joy along our roads […]

Happy Thanksgiving

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It has been a difficult year for me, with no hint of what was to come when it began. From the loss of my lifemate, to the recent discovery that my inability to walk is perhaps not fixable after all, and financial impacts from all of this, it could be a time of great depression. But I don’t feel that way. […]

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