The 17th already?  And only the second blog entry for the month.  Caramba.  What a lackadaisical blogger I am. It was easier to stay on top of this when I was driving truck.  Hunkered down in the sleeper cab, parked in some diesel- and urine-redolent truckstop, it was pretty easy to find the time to […]

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A college friend of mine told the story once about how he had been nicknamed ‘UM’ by one of his prep school teachers.  UM stood for ‘Underground Man,’ from the protagonist of Dostoevsky’s Notes From Underground.  None of us to whom he was telling the story had read the book (Russian lit is not my […]

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We’ve had fantastic weather the past few days, so I’ve been getting out to hike and do some outside jobs around the house.  Today, for example, I repaired some rodent damage to the car.  A critter of an unknown species, but probably a rodent of some sort, had found its way into the engine compartment […]

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You will laugh, but I had foolishly thought that I would finally be able to clean off my desk after the book was done.  Instead, it is covered with more piles of paper than ever, and the piles refuse to keep themselves organized.  The business of turning this project into a business is fraught with […]

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