August 11, 2017 (Friday)

August 10, 2018

I read a blog post about the BBC cartoon and Mary Beard’s erroneous defense of it. The author pointed out the ridiculousness of claiming “typicality” for a Roman British family headed up by a very dark-skinned sub-Saharan African, and pointed to several primary sources which describe, nonplussed, the barbarous and irrational prejudice of Romans toward […]

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August 10, 2017 (Thursday)

August 9, 2018

In so many ways I understand the poor Inman fellow in Back Bay who killed himself after Storrow Drive went up between the back of his house and the Esplanade. He couldn’t take the noise, in the end. A., who insists on being more stoic about it, but who also doesn’t have to live here […]

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August 9, 2017 (Wednesday)

August 8, 2018

Yesterday I thought quite a bit about desire and aspiration. It’s so interesting that aspiration is linked to enthusiasm insofar as both have “breath” and infusion at their root. As long as you live – and breathe! – you should have aspiration, be inspired, feel enthusiastic. If you don’t, are you actually living? Is it […]

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August 8, 2017 (Tuesday)

August 7, 2018

It rained again during the night. Wet summers – often with the rain coming down all day, but mostly with rain falling during the night – aren’t unusual here. What is unusual, or at least seems that way to me, is the lack of heatwaves. It has been spectacularly pleasant in my opinion, and, for […]

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August 7, 2017 (Monday)

August 6, 2018

The weekends, that is: the days when we have more control over our time – when to get up, when to have showers, get dressed, rush to leave the house, catch trains, etc. – are too short for my liking. I don’t want to play the age card, but you get to a point fairly […]

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August 6, 2017 (Sunday)

August 5, 2018

I spent just over an hour at urgent care yesterday, getting my foot / ankle checked out. It’s sprained. Nothing but rest, really, is the mandate. Today’s weather is stunningly perfect. Too bad I can’t go for a nice long walk. I got a book out of the library, a fun self-help-ish sort of read, […]

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August 5, 2017 (Saturday)

August 4, 2018

So, I guess yesterday the stars aligned in a somewhat unfortunate way for me, and, coupled with a relatively elevated stress level which had been building these past ten days over the course of construction, colluded to accelerate me into a heightened state of ill health. Viz., I missed the 2-1/2″ drop at the bottom […]

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August 4, 2017 (Friday)

August 3, 2018

The day is starting out cooler than the previous ones this week, and it looks like it might stay that way. This is good, as far as I’m concerned. Yesterday I was foolhardy enough to go out in the broiling sun at midday to trim the lawn edges and weed between the driveway pavers and […]

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August 3, 2017 (Thursday)

August 2, 2018

The week is winding down. How can I be glad of that? Every day that passes brings me closer to the end – and I’m not going to kid myself into thinking there is no end, that death is a new beginning. I feel an urgency, yet there seems to be nothing for it. I […]

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August 2, 2017 (Wednesday)

August 1, 2018

Yesterday was one of those days when things got a little too much and too much of the mess entered into the house. The specialist in carpentry was here; he took out the rotted window sill in the sunroom, made a new one. Then they discovered more problem areas (rot) – my work area is […]

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