I’m sorry for not blogging the last few days. Last-Chance Gulch had company from far away and we were busy doing wild-n-crazy things. I intended to blog about the visit and our flamboyant visitor. But as I considered what to write, I realized that our activities — while harmless — were nearly all illegal, immoral, or fattening. Or at least some of the above.
Now that I’m recuperated, I may take time and use my better judgment before writing up any of our scandalously fun behavior. Or not.
In the meantime, I’ve been collecting. And some of what I’ve gathered goes beyond the usual newsbits. To wit:
- “The Banality of Good.” The message of this speechlessly great op-ed is one we should all engrave on our hearts as we watch freedom fail around us. No matter how small, there is always something we personally can do. And man, I have simply got to read Every Man Dies Alone (Kindle edition) and (paperback edition), the new/old novel that set the editorial writer on the path of his thoughts.
- Because I have a friend who worries … “The Talents of a Middle-Aged Brain.” They’re greater than we think they are — despite those pesky moments when you can’t find your car keys.
- Via the ever-informative Rational Review News … how one man improved paradise. With guppies.
- Why Stephen Hawking was right (though not in the way he imagined). Tip o’ hat to P.T. and more from P.T. on the infamous “believe-us-it-really-isn’t-bigoted” legislation: Los Suns. Not sure what I think of that. Seems silly to politicize sports, yet the solidarity is admirable and the comments by players and management well thought-out.
- One of the less-bad federal legislators talks about how to diffuse our fiscal time bomb. Nothing new to us, perhaps. But it’s good to see this kind of message making it into the respectable Christian Science Monitor.
- Does anybody have any personal experience with Smarty Pig, the goal-oriented online savings site? I’ve heard good things about it, and it pays a relatively high rate of interest for small deposits (relatively high; all savings rates are abysmal these days). Overall, looks like a good idea. Now tell about it if you know more, please.
Finally, I need to say thanks for the wonderful, warm comments people left in last Friday’s posting, Nadia the Noble. I’m always surprised and moved to get such comments on something as simple as a dog drawing. Several old acquaintances showed up to comment and several I need to reply to (either in the comments section or by email). I’ll be working on that. Today or tomorrow, for sure. But after getting this far, I’m realizing I might not be quite as recuperated as I thought.
But damn, did we have fun.