Wednesday, March 8, 2017




I have a friend who many times over the years has done this thing.


In conversation I tell him some interesting fact that I have come across and he will, at most, respond minimally but usually not at all.


Then, a few days later, in a group of people he will present the same fact but always, always, attribute it to "the paper" or "the news" but never, never, to me.


I've never been quite sure how to interpret this.

Does he truly not remember that I was the source?
Does he consciously just not want to give me credit?
Does he unconsciously think that I could not possibly be the origin of useful information?


Does he actually like me?



Sunday, March 5, 2017




Oh, these people who react with horror when they discover that you do something differently from the way they do it.

Their way or the wrong way.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017




Do parents who insist on trying to control their adult children's lives and bend them to their wills really not realize that those children are, at least to some extent, relieved, even glad, when their parents die?



Wednesday, February 8, 2017




When I'm reading a book and the author has chosen to put in phrases or sentences in a foreign language and not proceeded in some way to provide a translation it makes me want to just pitch the book across the room and never read anything by said author again.




Friday, February 3, 2017




When I read in the news about the salaries some executives are given I find it hard to believe that anyone is worth that much.


I'm told that in order to get the best people one has to pay them that much.


So wouldn't it be better to hire the second best person and pay them less.  Or the third best or even the tenth best?


They'd probably do just as good a job.



Thursday, February 2, 2017




At one time in my life I owned an awful lot of stuff.


Part of that amount was made up of things, the majority of which I had inherited,  that were reasonably valuable-

silver(plate) flatware and utensils, teapots etc
crystal stemware
old 33,45 and 78 records
several violins
old comic books
furniture
memorabilia

-all the sorts of things that people will tell you are "valuable" or "worth something".


Then I came to a point in my life when I simply could no longer live having all this stuff around me (let alone having to pack it up and move it even one more time) and became a minimalist.


I put a lot of time and effort into selling what I could (this was in the days before eBay) and eventually sent everything that was left to a consignment shop.   I got some money as things sold but even at the time I was aware it was a small fraction of what it all was "worth".  (Something can be very valuable but that doesn't mean a lot if you can't find someone who is willing to buy it.)


Now, in my joyously minimalist life, I do my best to NOT have valuable things.  I have some nice things and things that I like but overall nothing that I would be that concerned about losing.   I love having furniture my friends and I can relax with - if something gets scratched or spilled on it's not a big deal and I think of it as adding character.  If a dish drops and breaks and I just sweep up the pieces and may or may not replace the item.  It's not that my home is shabby or junky but it is a place to be lived in.