Thursday, February 26, 2009

Whither Weather?

I don't often sermonize about the weather but...

Yesterday's heavy rain erased the last vestiges of snow on the ranch and it was, for this time of year, warm (45 F). It seemed that being snowbound was simply a memory.

Overnight the snow returned, by far the heaviest of the winter and fresh snow has covered everything to a depth of about 4 inches and it's still falling very densely.

We won't be able to get the car out because we didn't leave it up on the pad by Vosberg Lane, so I'll likely be unable to emerge for days. I'll miss the pinochle game at the Senior Center again tomorrow. Just hope the satellite antenna can shed it fast enough for me to get this message out!


Sunday, February 22, 2009


Increasingly often, I forget what I was about to do or say although usually shortly thereafter it comes back to me - only to re-submerge as I start to do it!

It's not dementia or senility because the sharpness is still there, at least internally.

The physical part is actually getting better - probably because of the fact that I've been doing the same isometric calisthenics every morning upon awakening and in addition to getting svelter/stronger I'm able to walk with good balance, although at times I have to attend to avoiding weaving. Falls are rare and invariably involve ice or obstacles.

There's probably a bit more "sense of repose" in attitude although I still emote a lot, mostly in private. Sometimes I'll let it out in these sermons and more often in emails concerning my passions like an impatience with the need to be patient.

As is often said, "it sure beats the alternative!"


Friday, February 6, 2009


In our culture steaks/wine/cheese are considered better when they are "aged."

Not so much so with people who are often thought of as "useless eaters."

In some other societies, old folks are respected, even revered for their function of maintaining the essential lore and their ability to disseminate it.

The World Wide Web is "age-neutral" and although one's sensory faculties are gradually impaired as time goes by, in general sanity is retained.

Does just age preclude participation? Some of us believe that we can keep on keeping on with our Web activities.