Europe, France, Suisse

24 July 2021

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Technically we’re past midsummers, which was June 24th. It’s been a busy time, with a lot of activity and things going on, but not so much to show for it all.  Photo gallery navigation tips: obviously in the lower left/right corners click the left (<<) or right (>>) chevrons to navigate. If you click in


14 July 2021

1059 words

…and it won’t wait for me. That’s a bit of a mash up: the title that begins this thought and essay is from Blue Oyster Cult’s song Burn’n For You, while the completing phrase in the opening of this paragraph is from The Rolling Stone’s Time Waits For No One (Mick Taylor’s guitar will break


16 May 2021

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204 words, lotsa pictures Our first few years in France we were always ambushed by May.  For this American atheist, the month is chock full of holidays unknown, not celebrated, or occurring at a different time: May 1 – Labor Day (in the fall in the US) May 8 – Victory in Europe Day (not

France, Suisse, travel

28 January 2021

1484 words

1,400 words 2:12 A.M. wake ups are wretched. It’s the same dread feeling as when you’ve just swallowed what you realize might be some dodgy shellfish, and the next twelve to twenty-four hours will be suspect at best, even if you don’t end up recreating Stephen King’s Barf-O-Rama™.


30 December 2020

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3485 words On December 2nd, the University of Vermont announced that it would cut 27 academic programs from the College of Arts and Sciences. From The Burlington Free Press:

America, France, Suisse

10 December 2020

3245 words

I was talking to Lukas when I noticed I wasn’t feeling well; we were discussing a project we were both working on. Although he works in the new technology group, because of the backlog of work in engineering, he had been loaned out to one of the software teams to help them get back on


25 October 2020

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In the original Star Trek series, “This Side of Paradise” (season one, episode twenty-four), Kirk, Spock, and there rest of the crew of the Enterprise are made stupid/happy after being shot by some spores of a plant that alters their behavior. I felt the same way after spending some time on the Fox News website,

America, France

1 August 2020

1117 words

Make it up as we go along – The Talking Heads August 1st is Swiss National Day: on this day in 1291, the cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden formed a federal charter, the beginnings of what eventually became Switzerland. Fast forward seven hundred nineteen years: on the first day of the eighth month of


28 July 2020

24 words

In the mountains around Flims and Laax with Kieran, Mike, and Odin the savage dog….The last four pictures are the view from Mike’s home.