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On The Conditions Of Writing

I find myself often pondering not only about writing but about the conditions in which writing is possible. I say this in the midst of what must be the hottest summer on record here in Oregon’s history, and I can … Continue reading

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Scenes From An Oven

For reasons of bad timing, today I found myself with an invitation to pick up some personal belongings at work at my desk between 11AM and 11:45AM, which I did after doing a bit of work at home dealing with … Continue reading

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Keep Your Cool

One of the reliable conversation topics one can have in a conversation is the weather. Talking about the weather gets a bad reputation, as if one is so boring and so bored with one’s company that one is talking about … Continue reading

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A Darkness That Can Be Felt

For the last few days I have been unable to retrieve books from the library because the bad air quality has closed down operations. 2020 has, as a year, presented a wide variety of issues and problems and the fires … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Survive A Sharknado

How To Survive A Sharknado And Other Unnatural Disasters, by Andrew Shaffer with contributions by Fin Shepard & April Wexler It is easy to imagine how this book came to be.  Let us picture some sort of planning meeting by … Continue reading

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The Name Of The Wind

There are occasionally practical downsides to being an intellectual.  While driving home late tonight after having a wonderful time at a dinner party in rural Clackamas county with two other bachelors, I pondered the name of the wind that I … Continue reading

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Stormy Weather

One of the more interesting aspects of yesterday’s sermon message was the discussion our associate pastor had concerning one of the more intriguing Gospel passages about the trials and difficulties of life.  Matthew 7:24-27 comes at the very end of … Continue reading

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Man’s Not Hot, Man’s Never Hot

Earlier today I was chatting with some of the people at the feast here in Suriname, and one of the other Americans said that if she heard people complain about the heat, she would remind them that they could have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Winter Morning Walks

Winter Morning Walks:  One Hundred Postcards To Jim Harrison, by Ted Kooser Sometimes a book of poems surprises you in a very good way.  I must admit that before reading this book I was not familiar at all with the … Continue reading

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Hurricane Maria’s Death Toll: A Statistics Story

I spend my working life dealing with data and statistics, and somehow I do not get enough of that to avoid writing and thinking about it in other contexts besides that of work [1].  Today I would like to talk … Continue reading

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