Monthly Archives: February 2014

Surgery No. 7

“Do you need to empty your bladder?” No, but thanks. This is the seventh time I’m having surgery for a particularly resistant form of bladder cancer and I know the drill. Nothing to drink after midnight, which was nine hours … Continue reading

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A Caddy? No Thanks

I have always hated television ads. Always. The more sophisticated the lie, the angrier I tend to get. I suspect that, secretly, I’m embarrassed by my own gullibility–I actually purchased Sham-Wows several years ago. You remember Sham-Wows; a really unattractive … Continue reading

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Booooring

I am watching this year’s winter Olympics with a distressingly deep lack of interest. In fact, I am plainly bored by the spectacle of young men and women racing down hills at breakneck speed, cavorting in the air while wearing … Continue reading

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Snow. And More Snow.

We don’t get a lot of real, a-foot-or-more snow days here in Northern Virginia, though the media constantly keeps us on our toes with dire warnings of another Snowmaggedon like the one we had four years ago. When is snows … Continue reading

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A Shameless Pitch

This will be a shameless pitch for a friend’s eBook. I seldom do shameless pitches. They are generally beneath one’s dignity and I always hesitate making recommendations because, let’s face it, what I like doesn’t mean much in the grand … Continue reading

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Addiction

Philips Seymour Hoffman died a week ago, and he did so like many addicts–alone on the floor in a room, surrounded by the paraphernalia necessary to his habit. In his case, it was a hypodermic syringe apparently still stuck in … Continue reading

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Heirlooms

I have two pieces of furniture in my home that I consider heirloom: an 18th century secretary, or ladies’ desk, and a massive chest of drawers probably owned by a French bourgeois family in the 1800’s. Both have crossed the … Continue reading

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