Author Archives: thegradualday

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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Two old smoothies on the loose

Saturday was a postcard kind of summer day; sun, seventy degrees, a gentle offshore breeze from the NNW off the vast inland sea.   On days such as this, in times past, we would wander.  Any destination would do, or … Continue reading

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What I learned by giving up my dreams

What I learned by giving up my dreams by Danielle Simone Brand, theweek.com July 31st, 2018 “Years ago, I nursed an escape fantasy about the kind of person I could be if I only traded my Washington, D.C., lifestyle — … Continue reading

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Disbursal

“For some weeks now I have been engaged in disbursing the contents of this apartment, trying to persuade hundreds of inanimate objects to scatter and leave me alone.  It is not a simple matter. I am impressed by the reluctance … Continue reading

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