Author Archives: thegradualday

Lava Walk

It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments. The meal had been pleasant, the white hotel dinnerware cleared away, the linen tablecloth prepared for coffee, but the meal was not the main attraction.  We were there for the experience. Through large … Continue reading

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On Mary Avenue

“There is something patronizing in the common assumption that an old house or an old barn must be hacked to pieces before it is a fit place in which to settle.  The city man coming suddenly into the country customarily … Continue reading

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On politics

Unlike many Boomers, my first political influences were not formed in defiance of my parents.   Quite simply, I had no knowledge of what my parents political views were, which left nothing to rebel against. Dad could be heard to grumble … Continue reading

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Ultimate symmetry

“This life I lead, setting pictures straight, squaring up rugs with the room – it suggests an ultimate symmetry toward which I strive and strain.  Yet I doubt that I am any nearer my goal than I was last year, … Continue reading

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Movies

Some while ago I made a decision to avoid movies whose objective seemed to be to leave me feeling like crap at the end of two hours.   Leaving me thoughtful is appreciated.  Leaving me entertained is even better. But … Continue reading

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Summer job

In the predawn darkness, all is quiet.  Nothing moves, no car traffic, no dog walkers.  No birds have yet taken flight. Even the tree leaves are still.   Not a sound can be heard. Or maybe it’s just that I … Continue reading

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Couch potatoes of America, stand up

Your Laziness is Saving the Planet by Tom Jacobs from Pacific Standard, February 7, 2018 https://psmag.com/environment/you-may-be-a-lazy-so-and-so-but-youre-our-planets-best-hope Vindication! I’m not just a grumpy curmudgeonly old hermit, I’m energy efficient. And I just don’t feel like leaving the house today.

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