Things The World Doesn’t Need:

...A live action Jetsons reboot. I get it. Gen X is hitting middle age and we've got about as much money as we'll ever have as a generation. We've got kids and some of us have young grandkids (not me yet). And we like to watch cartoony stuff. And, it seems to me, we're practically... Continue Reading →

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Snow Time To Panic

So today (Wednesday the 3rd of this brave new world of 2018) I had a mental healthcare appointment to keep (no emergencies -- in fact, I've been feeling better than I have for the past 3 or 4 years). I first set up these appointments when the family car was working, but because I am... Continue Reading →

Urban Nature, Write?

We live in the middle of either a medium-large metro of close to two million people or seven mid-sized cities jammed shoulder to shoulder around the area where the James River empties into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It depends who you ask. We've long been a family to enjoy a walk. Being temporarily... Continue Reading →

Thread: Mental Health, Money Stress, And It’s Hard Out Here For A Writer

        https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/941108294189449216       https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/941108295330344960   https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/941108296370589697     https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/941108297754730498 https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/941108298740391936 https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/941108299616997376 https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/941108300564877312 https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/941108301814738945 So, there's today's peek into my psyche. Maybe there are some clues there into why I often write about alienation and deprivation and internal turmoil. I don't know, it's so subtle...  O.O

How To Black Friday

You can shop any day. Deals aren't worth suffering for. Whether you're fishing or reading a book or hugging your loved ones, an extra-cheap television or whatever isn't better. It's not even equal. It's a distant, distant 47th place behind all the other things that actually make you happy and make your life a genuinely... Continue Reading →

Treehugging Is Good For You

I've heard the "treehugger" sneer often enough in my life, and it makes no sense to me. As if valuing the resources and beauty in nature is bad. As if having some housepride in our common home, Earth, and keeping it looking and functioning well is foolish. As if simply not metaphorically pooping where we... Continue Reading →

Fondly Remembering The Wonderful Worm Stand Of S.A. Barton, Circa 1981

This little trip down memory lane was brought on by me responding to a tweet... ...which led to an invitation... https://twitter.com/RickySteele1/status/909848868090712064 ...and an explanation. https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/909853776831553536 https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/909855275007594496 https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/909855510429618176 There's a little more to the story. My mother ruefully remembers the first time she helped me hunt nightcrawlers, indeed in the dark, on hands and knees, on... Continue Reading →

Eclipse Of The Son

Found this one going through my pics from the solar eclipse. In Norfolk, VA we didn't get totality, but we got these crescents through the pinholes formed by the leaves of the sweetgum tree in our yard, themselves eclipsed by my agog 4 year old son. 

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