Author Archives: thegradualday

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. Advertisements

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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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Changing lodgings

It ought to be the perfect place for us, our modest house on a small city lot.  From the vantage point of my 50s and even early 60s, I believed it to be the perfect place to retire. I expected … Continue reading

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The new part of the journey, so far…

A Linkedin notification arrived several days ago, with news of Eric, a former colleague who has recently secured a new position at a new business.   Several years ago we collaborated on the relocation of the office he then managed. … Continue reading

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On place

“I began to consider the different ways – three by my count – that Americans connect to place, each one a way of living. The first evolves out of the idea that place is movable, that you can take home … Continue reading

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