Category Archives: DUMB SHIT I’VE DONE

WHILE I WAS AWAY

As I got ready to leave town for 10 days, I worried about the baby hummingbirds near my porch. I had watched them each day as they began to move around and make noise and ask their mother for food. … Continue reading

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STORM-DRAIN DIRT

I looked back the other day at something I wrote at the beginning of the pandemic. The piece seems naive, ill informed, and overly optimistic. But the basic thesis remains true — there were silver linings to the Covid lockdown, … Continue reading

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RAT NEST

I am taking a break today from my one-man war against the unholy fortress of bougainvillea in my backyard. It has recently been colonized by a populous young rat family. I became aware of the rats because I’ve been sleeping … Continue reading

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BOOMER THE INCONTINENT

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But I’m learning that an old dog can teach an old man new tricks. My 14-year-old goldendoodle Boomer has deployed three strategies simultaneously to retrain me — senile barking, separation … Continue reading

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DOSING THE OCTOPUS

My son is so disciplined about his daily weightlifting. I decided to get disciplined about something myself — anything. I picked meditating. I went back to it twice a day, 20 minutes at a time. Most of my meditations are … Continue reading

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WHERE’S FEKKESH

1977 was a great year for movies. Star Wars was released, along with Annie Hall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever, Julia, The Goodbye Girl, and The Turning Point. It was also the year I saw The Spy … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING TURNS OUT OKAY

When I was three and a half years old, I went crashing into a glass door on the first floor of my family’s home in Chevy Chase, Md. The worst damage was not from my arm going through the door, … Continue reading

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THE HANGING TREE

During the national week of rage and mayhem over George Floyd’s death, friends sent me various articles, photos, petitions to sign. One petition which caught my attention was for the removal of the infamous Hanging Tree in Brooksville, Fla. I … Continue reading

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STUPID SMART PERSON

Note: As long as I’ve been writing about the racism of other people, it occurred to me re-post this piece from three years ago about my own moment of racial profiling. One of the more humiliating moments in my life … Continue reading

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ST. KIT

Each day I reach into a little bag with a hundred bits of paper, each with a name scrawled on it. I pick out two. I say a quick prayer for those two people. Nothing dramatic, the usual shit — … Continue reading

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