I’ll Definitely Quit This Time

It’s a Piece of Cake! Photo by Rainier Ridao on Unsplash To paraphrase that great American philosopher, William Claude Dukenfield (aka W. C. Fields), Quitting smoking is easy. Why, I’ve done it hundreds of times! And I have. And I keep coming back to it. Coffin nails. The noxious weed. Cancer sticks. I’ve heard them … Read more

90° F. Is Just Too Hot!

We’ve been experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures here in Rochester, and while you folks in the Southwestern USA might scoff and welcome such temperatures as a welcome break from even warmer days, 90° is just too hot for this transplanted Alaskan. Even though it’s been almost 30 years, my blood still hasn’t thinned enough to handle … Read more

When the power goes…

11:30 a.m. Wednesday The power went out at my house 20 minutes ago. No real surprise, since we’re under a high wind warning and gusts up 70 mph/112 kph are in the forecast. After going through the house and unplugging all my electronics, I sat down to chronicle the experience… …and immediately ran into problems: … Read more