Category Archives: Independent Research

Brushes with Fame Pt 1: Robin Williams Times 3

<Update 2014-8-12> After being in all those Disney cartoons, family movies, and classic movies, playing over and over on our TV’s, in front of our eyes and our kids’ eyes and our grandkids’ eyes, Robin Williams had a tremendous and … Continue reading

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More of Them

I’ve been a fan of They Might Be Giants since their 2nd album. That was in the 80’s. There are words in Their songs that you won’t find anywhere else. Oddly enough, I have to listen to a new album … Continue reading

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Dumb Poems

My poems never rhyme. They do come out with a lot of assonance, but I’m not always sure about the “onance” part. So here’s one about September 11 and a few other bad things: It only takes an instant and … Continue reading

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Is There a Word?

It’s always about coffee, isn’t it? On weekends, I make the stuff with a cone filter thingy. At the sink I pour freshly filtered water into my water kettle. I place the kettle on the stove, on the biggest burner. … Continue reading

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Re-Learning to Live Pt 2

So what really is the best way to eat? Michael Pollan famously said “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Go ahead and read or re-read the whole article, I can wait. It’s definitely worth it. So basically you want … Continue reading

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Re-Learning to Live Pt 1

My wife thinks she’s going through a mid-life crisis. I’ve been going through one since I was thirteen, and I think that she’s wrong. She’s decided that it’s time to re-learn how to live. Shouldn’t we all be doing more … Continue reading

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Non-native Eradication

Around these parts we have Native American casinos. A lot of once big-time musical acts show up there. And every few miles there’s a smaller gaming center, so you’re never too far away from slot machines or less expensive cigarettes. … Continue reading

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Trans-Canine Engenderism

We have this dog named Lady. Do you have any idea what kind of dog she is? Seriously, we’d love to know! The hair surrounding her ears makes her ears look major huge. So I had this dream. For some … Continue reading

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Give Blood

I’m only a little bit ashamed to say that yesterday I gave blood for the first time ever. Originally I was misinformed about whether I’d be allowed to give. Then I deluded myself for a while. Finally uncertainty and fear … Continue reading

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Story of the Glass Box People

Once there was this world, where everyone lived in a glass box. Each box was just a little bigger than each person. When two people would meet, they could see each other. But they couldn’t touch. They couldn’t even hear … Continue reading

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