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Nature Boy makes a solid case

Find your wilderness!

For many people, the life of a person who loves the outdoors seems foreign. They ask, “Why subjugate yourself to the harshness of the outdoors when life can be so comfortable?” This question is often ...

My husband cannot speak quietly on the phone

A girl needs some alone time

Post Title: Notes from inside a cross-cultural marriage, lesson #2: the concept of noise (and being noisy) Post Date: November 2014 My husband simply cannot speak at low volume on the telephone. This might not ...

Cultural hiccups amid marital bliss

It is first important to understand that my husband and I are not only from different cultures; we also had very different childhoods. I’m Australian and grew up in a small middle-class town in Queensland, ...

Vespa Guy, please park however you want

Forty-something shouldn’t be a viable, die-able age.

“Catenary,” a word worth saving

Post Title: Catenary Post Date: December 14, 2014 I like words. Sometimes I find words and type them into my phone to think about later. While at SanFran’s “Exploratorium” this summer, I happened upon “catenary.” ...

Playing the Mongoloid card

Post Title: Object Permanence Post Date: February 8, 2015 The “Mongoloid” card gets played despite ground rules and — across the table — Jenn and I meet glances. Finn’s asleep in Jenn’s lap, thumb resolutely ...

Remembering Mom

Hypocrisy and condescension were her sworn enemies

Mom died last week at the age of 93, two months after Dad’s funeral, which came a few weeks after he turned 95. Although they were inseparable and fiercely loyal to one another throughout their ...

Rest in Peace, Dialup Dad

They never did anything on their own unless the other person was included.

Shortly after my 70th birthday, I began my math quest

Post Title: It’s Not Too Late to Learn Post Date: October 8, 2014 Eight months ago, shortly after my 70th birthday, I began my quest to conquer calculus. I justified my interest in higher-level math ...

Benjamin Franklin's example

Post Title: What if Benjamin Franklin were alive today? How would his 12 virtues apply to a modern-day setting? Post Date: December 11, 2012 Many historians and biographers have written extensively about Franklin and his ...

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