December 31, 2016 - As the year winds to its close it becomes anyone's guess what the future will hold. 2016 has been a bumpy ride. War and acts of terrorism took lives around the world - Tripoli, Kabul, Libya, Jakarta, Ouagadougou, Mogadishu, Aleppo, Paris, and that's just in January. The list of terrorist attacks in 2016 [...]
December 30, 2016 - I am glad that there are like minded people to me out there, people who appreciate the lure of the physical book. I appreciate the functionality of an e-reader, but I can't ever seem to connect with mine. There is just something so much more immersive about a paper book. A [...]
December 28, 2016 - Yes, of course they're happy we are home from our Christmas travels, because they missed their slaves..... Milo needs someone to start the magic box so he can bake his torso and burn his tail; the pile of old irons and the sand-cast cat aren't there purely for decoration, they are [...]
December 27, 2016 - Today was a beautiful day for a walk in the snowy woods. Although it wasn't so much of a "walk" in any real sense, since the snow wasn't packed and every third or fourth step was more of a lurch, or a slip, or stumble. A pair of snowshoers passed over [...]
December 26, 2016 - There really is something magical about a forest blanketed in snow. There is a quiet, a peace....when I stand here, the entire world is muffled in a blanket of silence, and I feel the world around me a little bit more clearly. Even when a breeze slips through the trees, they [...]
December 23, 2016 - Well, not really so frightful, it's warmer than it looks, and the snow makes for a perfect beer cooler. This girl was hoping for a treat from me, as were her friends. Second choice was a head scratch, but standing still for a photo was not high on her list. I've [...]
December 22, 2016 - Today was a good day. Kirk and I both left work an hour early to get to the bank to make a mortgage payment. A very special mortgage payment. Our last mortgage payment. Completely debt free again! How good does that feel? Freaking awesome!