At year’s end, my thoughts. It was, for me personally, a very full year. It was full not just with busy-business (though there was some of that to be sure) but full of value and purpose, full of meaningful engagement. I look back on several accomplishments with some pride. So, with no further humility… I […]

Read More → Eight Things I’m Proud to Have Accomplished This Year

I’m still trying to catch up to the present. We celebrated Xy’s birthday last Tuesday. Since she was feeling sick and I was run ragged it was a pretty lame birthday, but of course she’s used to such disappointments, as are all children of late December. I tried to recontextualize the Escape as Xy’s birthday […]

Read More → Catching Up to the Present

I’ve been preoccupied, so a lot of very important stuff has slipped past in the last week and I haven’t had a chance to write about it. Herewith, a grab-bag of updates. Xy’s had a moderate amount of morning sickness, but she’s coping pretty well. She canceled a conference she’d been planning to attend in […]

Read More → Catching Up

Looking back at the last seven days or so, there’s a lot of stuff I haven’t written about. On the political front, there was controversy over Mayor Nagin’s comments to a conference in DC, and Governor Blanco announced she will not seek re-election. Also, Congress passed the Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act, which local housing […]

Read More → A Busy Week

Good news: A recent survey indicates three-quarters of the greater New Orleans population has returned. Bad news: The same survey says the city itself (Orleans Parish) is only at 41% of its pre-storm population. Worse, another survey indicates one-third of people here are planning to leave within the next couple years. Good news: Hurricane season […]

Read More → Good News/Bad News

A brief recap of the past week: Monday night I attended our weekly grassroots neighborhood planning meeting. Tuesday night I attended the monthly board meeting for a nonprofit group I’ve been working with. Wednesday night I attended a meeting to revise bylaws of our neighborhood organization. Thursday night I thought I’d catch a break, but […]

Read More → Busy Busy Busy

Been too busy and too preoccupied to post, so here’s a random grab-bag update. My apologies if this seems somewhat haphazard or disjointed. We continue to chip away at basic clean-up tasks. I bought a pressure washer. The electrician was supposed to show up today, but he didn’t. The insurance company was supposed to call […]

Read More → Random Electronic Squawking

A few things that I didn’t post which still stand out in my mind from our recent trip to New Orleans: There were lots of boats scattered around the streets. You’re just driving down the street and you’ll see a boat sitting there. Surreal. A house just half a block from my own was completely […]

Read More → Loose Ends

Viriler. That’s the word I used as the first play of our first game of Scrabble last night. (It was four-way Scrabble: Xy vs. me vs. MaPĆ³ vs. Martin, whom we had over for basil burgers.) Because it cleared my tray, it was worth 70-some points, and of course awed my opponents. A pretty good […]

Read More → Semi-Random Roundup

We got home last night. This was the longest vacation Xy and I have been on together, ever. Days away: 16 Miles travelled: 2,506 Gas burned: Maybe $150 worth, but I kinda lost track. Money spent: No idea. Beds slept: 7 People visited: About 20? Flags burned: 1 (on International Flag Burning Day, of course) […]

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