Archive for January, 2011

Deeper Into The Text

Winter                                                                 Waning Moon of the Cold Month We woke up to a new snow, sparkly and still coming down like flour from a flour sifter, gentle but persistent.  These kind of snows freshen up the scenery, cover up the dirty layers with fresh white linens. Business meeting.  We’re still feeling our way into retirement finances.  […]

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The Color Printer Scam

Winter                                                      Waning Moon of the Cold Month BF Skinner’s definition of creativity?  Noticing that the chicken is an eggs’ way of making more eggs.   This quip came to mind when I took my Canon pixma printer into the shop for repair.  The guy said, truthfully, too, that it may well cost more to fix it […]

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The Weekend Cometh

Winter                                                           Waning Moon of the Cold Month Imbolc, in the belly, comes next week, February 1st.  It is the celebration of the quickening of the ewe’s and the freshening of their milk, providing a much needed respite from winter stores among the ancient Celts.  More significant to me it is also the celebration of the […]

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Next Week

Winter                                                                      Waning Moon of the Cold Month With the Latin tutoring session behind me and Chapter 26 coming up, I downloaded a commentary on Caesar’s Gallic Wars with Latin text.  I’m gonna have a shot at it for a while. Started my Titian research last week by reading the Grove entry on Titian and checking […]

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Externally, We Swim In the Same Ocean, but…

Winter                                              Waning Moon of the Cold Month “Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment and learn again to exercise his will — his personal responsibility.” – Albert Schweitzer Schweitzer was a favorite of both my mother and my father, his “reverence for life” must have rung loudly in the ear of the WWII […]

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A Decent Insurance Sales Agent

Winter                                                       Waning Moon of the Cold Month Kathryn Kiegler has restored, no, wait that’s too strong, has challenged my opinion about insurance sales folk.  She gave us good advice, walked us through the labyrinth that is Medicare and the various parts attached to it A, B, C, and D, then helped us evaluate a plan […]

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Finishing the Puzzle–Not Quite Done. But Close.

Winter                                                              Waning Moon of the Cold Month One more piece of the retirement puzzle should get put in place today, Medicaid part D for Kate.  We’re visiting an adviser recommended by both Ruth Hayden and RJ Devick  to help us sort through the overwhelming number of choices. Since last year we’ve added social security for […]

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Those Italians: Titian and Rome

Winter                                                      Waning Moon of the Cold Month Gosh, we’re losing our mojo here, 21 degrees now and freezing tomorrow.  This is the third week of January, the coldest week of the year. Don’t know whether it’s my aging brain or the difficulty of the material, but I’ve spent some prime time on infinitives and indirect […]

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Dreaming of the Far Away

Winter                                                  Waning Moon of the Cold Month With Kate now retired, life has taken on a different, more relaxed rhythm.  She’s not hurrying to get ready for work, nor is she coming home tired, neck, back and hip on fire.  We don’t have that churn created by the world of busy, earn, comply, obey.  Both […]

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A Simple Plan

Winter                                                    Waning Moon of the Cold Month Chili smells have begun to fall down the stairs and enter my study.  Smells pretty good, especially after  a workout on the treadmill. I’ve up the difficulty by two incline levels over the last week or so and it feels good.  Need to find a personal trainer who […]

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