One final breath. Then, with a subtle exhalation of release, nothing. She was gone. Her body remained, but grandma was no longer there. Born a century ago in 1915, this dreaded moment loomed for years. It seemed she had been around forever, and would go on indefinitely. Indeed, another lifetime like her’s takes you back … More Grandma Lights the Way
Like most people, our tendency will naturally be to hole up for an extended period of time this time of year, and have less and less contact with our neighbors or even fellow humans in general. Our house, being rather small, cramped, and frequently untidy, will often feel like a less than ideal place to … More Tapping a Renewable Resource in Your Neighborhood
On the very day this column is released and read by millions, three contiguous households in the heart of my block will be involved in the Big Dig project of the decade here as we bury our power lines together. Such a project by myself would seem nearly impossible, but together as a sort of … More Neighboring For Better Health
It’s a gorgeous evening with a relatively clear sky, vivid stars in 3D, and a halo around the moon (formed as light refracts through ice crystals in the atmosphere). The temperature is frigid, but not bitter, at a few degrees below zero with no breeze. The wife is in the house with some friends watching … More Dealing With Adversity, and Being Ready for It.
Last night we hosted the ideal impromptu New Year’s Eve gala. The idea of having this family friendly “Burning Man” alternative had been tickling around in my mind for weeks, and we finally had it last night. My son and one of the neighbor boys nailed together a monstrosity out of scrap lumber and drift … More The Ideal New Year’s Eve Gala