by | Apr 4, 2020

One persistent prediction arising from our pandemic house arrest is that we’ll have a baby boom in nine months. There are good reasons to doubt this. Sure, people are going to do things to pass the time. Makin’ whoopee is…

by | Apr 4, 2020

It’s day who actually knows of coronavirus quarantine, and my housemates and I are making our plans for once this is all over. Our wish list is quite humble. We just want a night at the pub a few blocks…

by | Apr 3, 2020

I was going to make this Five Quick Things legitimately quick, but I failed. I’d say I’m sorry, but you know I’m not. Besides, there’s a lot going on and a lot that ought to be said. So let’s get…

by | Apr 2, 2020

As the news of the spreading Wuhan coronavirus increasingly occupied the news over the past several months, the pinecones rained down from the ponderosa pines that comprise the Hidden Forest in the foothills of the Rockies south of Denver. Back…

by | Mar 31, 2020

I used to like driving well over the speed limit. I grew up well outside Atlanta, and the posted speeds never represented the practiced reality, even on the most remote cow-trail roads winding through the woods. I always went faster…

by | Mar 30, 2020

President Trump announced yesterday that he is extending the coronavirus guidelines for another 30 days, while expressing optimism that additional extensions will not be necessary. But it will be the nation’s governors and mayors, not Trump, who will decide when…

by | Mar 28, 2020

I’ve always been a bit odd, I think. For example, ever since I was a small lad, I’ve fantasized about a remote, solitary life. That’s not normal, right? Well, it’s a desire that’s never left me. So, while some people,…

by | Mar 28, 2020

The plague has brought in some fresh air. For a number of years, I have led a small, devoted group of students in study of texts from the Chabad Chassidic tradition. The group is comfortable, friendly, and open. It has…

by | Mar 26, 2020

I’ve started to hatch an egg. I only have three more left in the carton. I spend six hours a day squatting in chicken position with a blanket to keep the egg at exactly 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 degrees Fahrenheit)…

by | Mar 25, 2020

We’re all a little on edge. That’s only natural, as a pandemic spreads across the globe. What started as a casually referenced virus originating in Wuhan, China has turned into a maelstrom of fear. It is affecting every aspect of…

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