From the monthly archives: September 2013

Fecundity: The quality or power to produce abundantly. That word sprang to my mind yesterday as the autumnal Santa Ana winds began to blow and my Modesto ash tree started to drop it seed pods…by the millions and perhaps billions. This image on the left is just one square-foot of seeds, during one brief windy […]

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It was my wife, Annette’s, birthday on Saturday, September 21st. It’s the forty-third one we’ve celebrated together, and no, I’m not telling you the year of the first one we shared! Some of these birthdays have featured surprise parties and trips to various places like Jamaica, Italy, New Orleans, etc., as well as cruises onboard […]

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Can you see it? Look closely. If you were an insect, especially a flying insect such as a mosquito or gnat or moth (yeah, especially a tasty moth), you better hope you see it. Or you’re dead. Now can you see it in this enlargement? How about now? Yep. There she is in all her […]

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Whenever people ask me what I did before I retired, I tell them I’m still doing it…writing. Ah, they say, but what did you do to make a living. Writing, I say. But to be fair, most of what I wrote, e.g., novel, screenplay, opera, song lyrics, poetry, etc., brought in very little money. I […]

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A Member Of The Club

September 2, 2013 by

And so at last, it’s happened. I’ve become a member of the club. For those of you who read my memoir, Passage From England, you’ll know the significance of that statement. For those of you who haven’t, I’m including the relevant chapter from the book at the end of this post if you care to […]

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