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Today, we celebrate the 29 delightful years that I have had the pleasure of knowing my sister – slightly in advance, because the day itself is tomorrow, but I’m just wild like that. Happy birthday, Chelsea! You may be a… Continue Reading →

Happiness, pt 4

After too long an absence, the happiness posts are back. Here’s what I’ve got for you this time: birdsong | crackers | lazy Sundays where you don’t have to leave the house and can just wear your PJs all day… Continue Reading →

If you can’t say something nice…

The other day on the twitters, someone I follow re-tweeted this from Yoko Ono: yokoono: Try to say nothing negative about anybody for three days, for forty-five days, for three months. See what happens to your life. Now, I’m not… Continue Reading →


The recent spate of miserable heat and stifling humidity brings to mind the years (1980-1985) our family lived in a suburb of Orlando. I know, way to sell it, right? Not the Sunshine State, not sunny Florida, which the orange… Continue Reading →

On cobblers’ children

You can probably think of several of those old sayings: cobblers’ children never have shoes; doctors’ children are always sick; etc. I have a new one for you: cg’s blog rarely gets updated. ¬†And when I say updated, I mean… Continue Reading →

Seek, and ye shall …

N.B. I don’t normally post about work-related matters … heck, lately I don’t post at ALL, so who knows what qualifies as regular? In any case, I started out intending this for our department blog at work and it has… Continue Reading →

A New Thing

Really, I should’ve known that even mentally assenting to the idea of NaBloPoMo was certain to result in failure – it’s not like I’ve been super successful with it in past, or even successful at all, and this go round… Continue Reading →


To tell the true story of this year’s NaPoBloMo fail: I plumb forgot on Tuesday, until the moment when I turned the light off to go to sleep and then I laid there and this train of thought occurred: “But… Continue Reading →

NaBloPoMo, redux

Yes, ladies and gents, it’s that time of year again – the time when some folks take up the challenge of National Novel Writing Month, and some folks just try and friggin post on their dusty old blog every day… Continue Reading →

Happiness, pt 3

This has been a new experiment. Just after publishing my last happiness list, I started this one and have been adding to it until it seemed to reach a length that was significant enough to put out into the world…. Continue Reading →

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