Just Add Butter

September 28, 2019

So many thanks to my lovely wife Kathy for improving my recovery by making this taste from my childhood, Finnish pancakes. Finnish pancakes are wide as a frypan and thin, like crepes, except they’ve got way more butter and eggs in them.  My mom made them throughout my boyhood, but like all her recipes, she […]

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Longing for the Hot Tub

September 25, 2019

This morning I went back to town to have 23 staples removed from my hip— remarkably painlessly, I should add.  I am hoping the staple removal will serve to accelerate healing and mobility.  I am now walking mostly with a cane. I’m still not allowed to use the hot tub, or in fact any tub. […]

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Getting Bored Now

September 21, 2019

I’ve been home now for eleven days after surgery.  I’m getting more mobile each day, though I often have trouble sleeping at night without the aid of pharmaceuticals.  There are only two positions I can sleep in, on my left side or flat on my back, and after a while my body, and most especially […]

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Six Days

September 17, 2019

So.  Six days at home after completing surgery. Today I was able to take off the surgical dressing and view my eight-inch scar.  I don’t want any of you to faint, so I won’t post a picture, but it looks was if I sat down on last week’s centipede attacker and it was somehow fused […]

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I Become Bionic

September 10, 2019

Behold my world for the next few days. Monday morning at 5:30am I reported to the hospital for total replacement of my right hip. Anesthesia came via a spinal, but I slept through the procedure anyway. The surgery was brief and trouble free, and I was alert and chatting in the recovery room, and on […]

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Highway in the Sky

September 8, 2019

I’m going to be intensely occupied for the next few days— so totally unlike me, right?— so I’m going to leave you with this lovely picture of the Kerry countryside.

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Sticking to the Ribs

August 31, 2019

Prepared for any grilling emergency, I am and remain the Master of Meat!

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Westlake on Publishing

August 30, 2019

This from Donald Westlake: “Publishing is the only industry I can think of where most of the employees spend most of their time stating with great self-assurance that they don’t know how to do their jobs. “I don’t know how to sell this,” they explain, frowning, as though it’s your fault. “I don’t know how […]

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The Sands of Dingle

August 29, 2019

Sunset at Inch Beach, in or near Dingle.  Fine golden sand, beautiful setting, and surfers!  If it weren’t for the kids playing with their hurling sticks I would have thought I was in Monterey. I also had ice cream at the legendary Murphy’s parlor.  The elderflower ice cream was particularly fine on a hot afternoon.

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Mere Observation

August 29, 2019

So I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I had a kind of Theory of Dunsany that I wanted to put forth when I had the time, and I seem to have time right now.  Because I’ve had a while to ponder the matter the theory has expanded from its origin point to a consideration […]

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