Category Archives: Musings

100 years

Watching the emotional ceremony marking the end of WWI this morning, it was hard, even with our dry vantage point overseeing the Arc de Triomphe, to keep a dry eye.  As with every 11 November, there’s a good deal of

100 years

Watching the emotional ceremony marking the end of WWI this morning, it was hard, even with our dry vantage point overseeing the Arc de Triomphe, to keep a dry eye.  As with every 11 November, there’s a good deal of

Napkin rings: you’re using them wrong

Inspired by The Wedding Registry Gifts We Still Use 10 Years Later (and the Ones We Don’t) — via Life in the Kitchen | The Kitchn I have strangely strong opinions on napkin rings. And you’re using them wrong. The mention in

Napkin rings: you’re using them wrong

Inspired by The Wedding Registry Gifts We Still Use 10 Years Later (and the Ones We Don’t) — via Life in the Kitchen | The Kitchn I have strangely strong opinions on napkin rings. And you’re using them wrong. The mention in

Scurvy!

As I walked down the street the sign in the distance puzzled me. What kind of business is named Scurvy’s?  Only further down the block did the bright yellow script come into sharper focus. Sunny’s it said. The mind reels. 

Scurvy!

As I walked down the street the sign in the distance puzzled me. What kind of business is named Scurvy’s?  Only further down the block did the bright yellow script come into sharper focus. Sunny’s it said. The mind reels. 

The beachcomber

We’re walking along an urban pocket beach on the north side of Chicago. Lake Michigan is large and cool behind us when I really notice the stones. If the boy’s mother were here, she would beachcomb for the one — a souvenir of this place. I try to emulate her

The beachcomber

We’re walking along an urban pocket beach on the north side of Chicago. Lake Michigan is large and cool behind us when I really notice the stones. If the boy’s mother were here, she would beachcomb for the one — a souvenir of this place. I try to emulate her

The three tine fork

Above all else, I am a functionalist — a pragmatist. I’ve had my design missteps over the years, including that which draws continued needling from my wife when proposed design solutions do not adequately address functionality. That long gone folly still delivers a tiny

The three tine fork

Above all else, I am a functionalist — a pragmatist. I’ve had my design missteps over the years, including that which draws continued needling from my wife when proposed design solutions do not adequately address functionality. That long gone folly still delivers a tiny

Reasons why we should freak out about the giant crack that opened in the Mexico desert

Why no one should freak out about the giant crack that opened in the Mexico desert – The Washington Post. Correction: Why everyone should freak out about the giant crack that opened in the Mexico desert… “These are normal manifestations of

Reasons why we should freak out about the giant crack that opened in the Mexico desert

Why no one should freak out about the giant crack that opened in the Mexico desert – The Washington Post. Correction: Why everyone should freak out about the giant crack that opened in the Mexico desert… “These are normal manifestations of

The million dollar idea — it’s in the toilet

Occasionally I have an idea. When I tell my patient wife, child, or friend the idea, I preface it by saying “I have a million dollar idea”. Then, as I present the idea, the price inevitably starts to drop as the

The million dollar idea — it’s in the toilet

Occasionally I have an idea. When I tell my patient wife, child, or friend the idea, I preface it by saying “I have a million dollar idea”. Then, as I present the idea, the price inevitably starts to drop as the