Julian May: Author par Excellence

I have just finished re-reading a couple of books by Julian May. The books have the general title of “Intervention” and were published as two separate volumes titled “Surveillance” (1987) and “Metaconcert” (1987). May is also the author of “The Saga of the Pliocene Exile” series. There is a very good chance that I shallContinue reading “Julian May: Author par Excellence”

How to Paint a Bathroom

I don’t normally do numbered or bulleted lists, but here goes: 1.  First select the paint color. (But of course this doesn’t take into account the fine art of negotiating with your significant other necessary to do that, or the hours, days or weeks that might be involved in said negotiation.) 2.  Decide on theContinue reading “How to Paint a Bathroom”

Random Thoughts, Part 2

Parallel Universes and a Perfect World How many times have you heard someone say something and your unspoken (or maybe not unspoken) reply was, “Yeah, sure, in a perfect world.” I hear that little phrase, or some close variation on it, more and more. Is our world becoming more and more imperfect? Or are weContinue reading “Random Thoughts, Part 2”

I Caught my Husband's Cold

If Bernd gets sick, I almost always catch what he had. Because of his job (optician; the guy who sells you your glasses after your exam), he comes into contact with a lot of people. Not all of them are in the best health. He does his best to keep the viruses and bacteria atContinue reading “I Caught my Husband's Cold”

Random Thoughts

Bait and Switch My husband, Bernd, once did a a search for affordable term life insurance. We both have whole life policies, but they have a declining balance and as we get older, they will pay out less and less when we die. There is a side fund attached to the policies that, if weContinue reading “Random Thoughts”

How to Really Learn Something

“The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.” — Mortimer Adler When I was in high school, I took a number of science related courses. They were hard. The information I needed to take in was huge. The concepts were sometimes alien. ButContinue reading “How to Really Learn Something”

Waiting for the Hot Water

Every morning before dispensing my supplements, I wash my hands. I’ve rubbed our cat’s belly, given the dog a good scratching all over to help her wake up. Maybe I’ve cleaned the litter box. Often, just as I am about to wash my hands, Bernd is ready for our good-bye kiss ritual and wants meContinue reading “Waiting for the Hot Water”

Practical Jokes and the Need to Laugh

Both my parents loved practical jokes. My mother told me that once she sewed shut the flies in all of my dad’s underwear. Apparently, he was not very amused, but she laughed and laughed. My parents played practical jokes on me and my sister when we were still very young and not really able toContinue reading “Practical Jokes and the Need to Laugh”