• It’s the little things

    I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. Leo Buscaglia Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure… Continue reading

  • Joyful Sadness

    Joyful Sadness I am sad. Memories half-remembered have filled my dreams; sometimes coalescing into brilliance. Fleeting though. The aftermath a sadness of recollection lost. Past loved ones slipping into the oblivion of eternal night. Intangible ghosts; tendrils of nothing. Daylight brings hope for remembrance. I shake at the acme of the day; the slope of… Continue reading

  • England Swings

    “England swings like a pendulum do. Bobbies on bicycles two by two…” – Roger Miller “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – J. R. R. Tolkien “A foolish consistency is… Continue reading

  • Tin Soldiers

    “Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.” Marcus Aurelius “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today Tomorrow will be dying.” Robert Herrick “Poetry begins… Continue reading

  • New York, New York…

    “We got rats on the west side, bed bugs uptown.” “Go ahead, bite the big apple, don’t mind the maggots,” and yet Jagger sums it up: “Pile it up, pile it up/pile it high on the platter.” Shattered, Mick Jagger “I love New York. You can pop out of the Underworld in Central Park, hail… Continue reading

  • Writing… winnowing out the packing peanuts

        “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.” Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing   “So many large words, as though syllables will hide the truth” Sharon Mock, She Walks in Shadows   “Vigorous writing is concise.” Walter Strunk Jr.   As a software person, I try to keep aware… Continue reading

  • Café Culture – The Reminiscence

      “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in… Continue reading

  • The Sun Also Rises

    “You know it makes one feel rather good deciding not to be a bitch.” “Yes.” It’s sort of what we have instead of God.” “Some people have God,” I said. “Quite a lot.” “He never worked very well with me.” “Should we have another martini?” – Lady Ashley and Jake Barnes. A novel by Ernest… Continue reading

  • Wallander

    “Police work wouldn’t be possible without coffee,” Wallander said. “No work would be possible without coffee.” They pondered the importance of coffee in silence.” – Henning Mankell, One Step Behind “People always leave traces. No person is without a shadow.” – Henning Mankell, The Troubled Man “‎Not having time for a person, not being able… Continue reading

  • The Mind’s Eye

    The Mind’s Eye Kathy turned the eye of the stove on, its blood red coil searing the events of the evening into her mind, dulling her disturbed emotions. Hands shaking, she poured the peeled tomatoes into a saucepan, and added the dried noodles. These are Teddy’s favorites, Kathy thought glancing into the living room as… Continue reading