Spooky is a Nagging Wii (The Diet, Day 98)

“It’s Halloween,” the Wii said to mii. “Have you been eating candy?” I refused to answer. Of course I’ve been eating candy. “You’ve gained 1.5 pounds since yesterday,” the Wii said. “Do you know why?” Fortunately, the Wii has no human feelings of outrage at having its controller thrown in its face. Of course, I […]

Play it again, Sam

Last Saturday I was full of ambition. At least I worked up a mild ambition to work on a few housekeeping chores. I’m proud to report back to you this morning that of the five audio books downloaded last week, which probably all told add up to about 90 hours of listening time, I have […]

Only this and nothing more

For All Hallow’s Weekend, I give you James Earl Jones reading The Raven. This is even better if you listen to the version that includes a little help from The Simpsons.

Coming Soon

The Gettysburg Address was delivered on November 19, 1863. Seven score and seven years later, we’re still working on the all created equal thing, but we sure have come a long way on managing to entertain ourselves. Go vote next week to make sure that the freedoms people have died for do not perish from […]

Talking to Myself on a Rainy Morning

Me: My head hurts and my back hurts and my eyes are itchy and runny and it is raining outside. I don’t want to go to work today. Me: You’ve gotta go to work. Me: But I don’t want to. Me: If you go to work today, I’ll let you stay up past your bedtime […]

The smartest girl in the first grade: Scout Finch

I’ve been reading To Kill a Mockingbird lately, by which I mean I read a paperback version put out for the 50th anniversary and then I listened to the audio book and then I started the audio book back at the beginning all over again. Children crave the comfort of repetition. They will make you […]

Rock'n like Sunday Morning

My friend Jeanne sent me this video–Starry Starry Night by Don McLean I think it’s wonderful. I want to go sit in an art gallery looking at real Van Goghs while listening to this song. I want to sit there thinking about what it means that “this world was never meant for someone as beautiful […]

To Read and to Clean

So, it’s Saturday again, huh? Yes, you get to sleep in a little later, and you don’t have to actually show up at the office, which means that whatever stress you are feeling over your job can be safely ignored for large chunks of the day. All of that sounds great up until about the […]