Taste and Tension

(iPhone photo #50 in my 2012 365+1 project) I wish I could remember where I first ran across the idea that expressions of superior taste in music, art, literature, food, and so forth were nothing more than expressions of prejudice against people perceived to be of a lower class. I should have taken note of […]

The forest of good intentions

(iPhone photo #48 in my 2012 365+1 project) I have nothing in particular to report today. I did walk, but I didn’t keep it up as long as I’d hoped. I’m still recovering from feeling blah and beaten earlier in the week. I guess we’ll have to call it a win that I got out […]

4 out 5 Doctors Recommend

(iPhone photo #47 in my 2012 365+5 project) Once when I was giving a lecture on Shakespeare or something like that, a student raised his hand and asked if my name was really Dr. Gerald. I said yes. He said, “What kind of doctor are you?” I said, “A cardiologist,” and went back to talking […]

Meltdown Monday

(iPhone photo #46 in my 2012 365+1 project) But it’s Wednesday, you say? Even worse! I’ve had sort of a rocky week, which is why I have no resolution accomplishments to report today. I don’t have any other kind of accomplishments either. I went to work. I taught my classes. I sat in my office […]

One person’s trash

(iPhone photo #45 in my 2012 365+1 project) In poetry school, people always want you to confront some aspect of human existence that is deep and dark and complex and emotionally difficult. They want to see the individual struggle that somehow represents the common struggle of our kind. I spent a lot of time in […]

The Right Wrong Way

(iPhone photo #44 in my 2012 365+1 project) I ran across this site called Marathon Makeover, and I thought, that’s it! This is what I’ve been trying to do. I want to go from exercising exactly 0 miles per day to having the capacity to complete a marathon (26 miles?). With the Marathon Makeover program, […]

Go to the dogs

(iPhone photo #43 in my 2012 365+1 project) My rule of the day for walking your way to better health and better moods is to make friends with the neighborhood dogs (especially if you live in a neighborhood without leash laws like I do). This guy is the old man of my neighborhood. He doesn’t […]

Chase the ugly away

(iPhone photo #42 in my 2012 365+1 project) I’ve been reading the biography of Steve Jobs lately. It’s a fascinating story and one I couldn’t possibly respond to in one sitting, but today I ran across something that I wanted to share. When Steve Jobs was working on a deal with U2 to collaborate with […]

Rest in Peace, Good Intentions

(iPhone photo #41 in my 2012 365+1 project) All my good intentions are dead as last year’s branches of my crepe myrtle tree today. I blame the rain. I blame the blisters on my feet. I blame a potassium deficiency from not eating enough potato chips. I blame my hunter-gatherer ancestors from whom I probably […]