September 12, 2017 (Tuesday)

September 11, 2018

Yesterday morning I walked along the beautiful Lynn Shore Drive, from Swampscott’s big Pier Restaurant to Lynn’s Red Rock Park, around, and back again, and I noticed flags at half-mast. Took me half a second to understand why. Since I don’t have TV, nor listen to the radio much anymore, I’m not as consistently or […]

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September 11, 2017 (Monday)

September 10, 2018

Oh my. Yesterday evening I watched as many clips as were available online (without having cable or a subscription to CBS’s 60 Minutes) of Charlie Rose’s interview with Steve Bannon. Fascinating stuff. After a long period of “literally Rasputin” or “the Devil,” he’s sort of being normalized. I think this is a good thing because […]

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September 10, 2017 (Sunday)

September 9, 2018

I had a dream last night wherein I was getting familiar with a new iPhone I suddenly and inexplicably had in my hands. I was at M.’s birthday party, sitting at a table – or maybe it was a booth. This new phone was weird: almost square, not rectangular, it was also a hell of […]

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September 9, 2017 (Saturday)

September 8, 2018

It’s early, but with kids living thousands of miles away from us, I’m obsessing about vacations and family gatherings, about Thanksgiving and how no one will be around for that …which made me think about food, and how at least one child and the significant other have dietary restrictions that drive a wedge into the […]

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September 8, 2017 (Friday)

September 7, 2018

Driving north on the highway yesterday in the early afternoon I saw two separate instances of trees which had turned from green to red. They weren’t large, more like big saplings amidst older and bigger trees lining the highway; but like young men falling early in battle, they showed what was to come. Soon all […]

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September 7, 2017 (Thursday)

September 6, 2018

I understood something yesterday about pathologies. Mental pathologies. I don’t want to suggest that racism is a mental illness — it isn’t. However, if you let it determine your entire worldview, it can turn everything in your life into a pathology.

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September 6, 2017 (Wednesday)

September 5, 2018

It just occurred to me that soon I will be writing December 6… What a thing. Time is weird. Lately I’ve been feeling aged, and even though I’m creeping up on 61 (come late December), it feels premature, like I can’t really figure out what age I am. What would it mean, anyway, to “act” […]

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September 5, 2017 (Tuesday)

September 4, 2018

I had an email from A., with this in the subject line: This song sums up a lot about the East Coast, IMO. The content was a Youtube link to a music video, followed by the comment that “California Dreaming” (the song) was “easy to consume and sing along to, and that “this version” (meaning […]

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September 4, 2017 (Monday)

September 3, 2018

This morning the sun is out and we’re expecting a brief return to calmer (and warmer) weather. I’m watching a man walking away from downtown, up E.-Street, far down below from where I’m sitting. He’s not wearing the usual summer shorts (baggy toddler wear), although in all other respects he looks like a “native”: t-shirt, […]

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September 3, 2017 (Sunday)

September 2, 2018

Another unseasonably cool day, and this one is quite blustery, too, with rain in the forecast. Last night’s gala event, Edge, organized by the Ocean Alliance at the Paint Factory in Gloucester – a pleasant, and very understated affair – remained dry, although we all froze a bit. Except perhaps those intrepid folks who actually […]

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