Friday, December 4, 2015

Urban Wilderness

A bout with the current virus gave me ample time at home. Such is the pace of life these days that ignoring coffee and digital and electronic everything produces an atmosphere nearly identical to that of a cabin at the beach. This is a surprisingly quiet neighborhood for its density.


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Christmas Pear

I love a good pear, the fruit that rewards thinking ahead. Pear and chocolate are a combination made in heaven and also a very simple dessert.

After Christmas beef, I like to serve half of the best pear I can field on the best dessert plate I can find. A first-rate local chocolate sauce fills the cavity in the fruit, and a good small biscuit on the side is enough to finish the meal, accompanied by a small cup of strong coffee.


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Nomenclature

I missed the memo when "problem" morphed into "issue". Although I have grown to appreciate the cooler term, it does not come naturally to my mode of expression. "Puzzle" seems to be a good substitute. The term helps me focus.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cowpaths

A visit to a Northern California cattle ranch taught me the meandering reality of Bossie's comfortable amble back to the barn. Coastal Maryland's incomprehensible maze of wagon trails showed me the evolution of the highway system.

Seattle has its own vestigial routes that provide an easy second gear alternative to the freeway. When I threw the car away nearly twenty years ago, boarding a bus was like traveling back in time. The low-number bus routes were established in the early twentieth century.

My shopping footprint is small and getting smaller. Errands center on old-fashioned downtown. I am discovering that the essentials have changed little since the retail core left First Avenue for Fifth.

The Thanksgiving run to the Market started with forgetting an errand I usually knock off in a different urban village. I was delighted to discover that an historic branch of the same outfit is mere steps from the several busses that offer an easy trip up the hill to the house.


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Monday, November 30, 2015

Theology, Furniture, And Architecture

PBS's series Closer To Truth features a roving theologian who visits colleagues to discuss the nature of the deity. I can't resist the show's privileged glimpses into the many faculty lounges in which conversations are filmed. The November 29 episode is especially rich in contrast between high privilege and sturdy practicality.


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