As far as celebrations go, my New Year’s has been pretty low key for the last few years. It could be that I’m disappointed that I’ll be returning to work in a couple of days. Or it might be that I’m devastated that the next Christmas is now another 12 months away. A typical New […]

It can happen even in the middle of what you might call “the best of times.” Life is passing by me. And although I might very well be experiencing it in the present without regrets about the past or hesitation and worry regarding the future, I’m still watching time pass by, wondering, “What’s the point?” […]

I’m mulling over this new idea that I’m calling the Rule of Three. What it boils down to is that it’s almost impossible for me to focus on any more than three things at a time. The way I look at it, that’s work, writing, and whatever sidebar I might have going on at any […]

Of all the tasks I do to stay organized, scanning is one of the most time-consuming. It seems that items are continuously arriving in the mail that require scanning and electronic filing. I only keep paper copies of birth and marriage certificates, car titles, tax documents (for seven years), and the few other official documents. […]

America is like a wounded animal lying on the side of the road. A wild animal. But it’s not roadkill. It’s still alive even if it is on the brink. As they’re cruising down the road, the driver of an electric car sees the dying animal and pulls over. The driver of the EV wants […]

I created a budget, first, to find out where my money was going. And, second, so I could make plans for various kinds of savings. In the end, it took several months of watching where my money went to decide where I could restrict spending. My mortgage, for example, is non-negotiable. And I put down […]

The kind of rituals I’m talking about here are habitual activities I’ve created to make it through the week. I’m not exactly sure what this says about me, but right now, most of my rituals involve food. For a while, my wife and I had takeout from my favorite Mexican restaurant every Wednesday night. It […]

When it comes to bookmarks (and a few other things), I often find that less is more. The primary reason is that auto-fill has usurped its purpose. Typing the first letter of a website is always faster than mousing over to a bookmark. But I do use bookmarks, on occasion. And I have them broken […]