Good Night, Buckley

Sadness has settled into me like a chest cold. We put our doggie down this morning. Buckley was 14 years, 4 months old. The vet at the emergency clinic was compassionate about it. “He’s gone,” she told us, listening to Buckley’s chest with a stethoscope after the second injection. For 14 years, I’ve been correcting people. Buckley was a “she.” But I just didn’t have the energy to do it […]

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I Think a Change Would Do Me Good

The moon is high in the western sky. It’s been out in the daytime the last couple of days, and as I look at it I keep noticing that the dark spot has a familiar curve to it. It looks like this: I’ve been wondering if it’s from the moon that the Chinese got their yin yang. The moon is light in darkness and is itself a mixture of darkness […]

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NaNoWriMo

Feliz Dia de los Muertos! Today is All Souls Day, a Catholic holiday known as the Day of the Dead in Mexico. In honor of the holiday, here is The Boy’s painting of a skeleton: I love the glitter. It feels apropos that today is el dia de los muertos because I am almost brain dead at this moment. November is National Novel Writing Month. (See sidebar.) It has been […]

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To Be or Not to Be

For the past few days I’ve been reading several things at once and trying to think through stuff about purpose and the role of religion in life and the result for now is that the gray matter feels like a scrambled lump of swirly confusion. It’s giving me sinus pressure. I’ll let you know when I sort things out. In the meantime, I want to comment on something I read […]

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I’m Verklempt

I really didn’t think I had feelings anymore when it comes to Aggie football. Years ago I would suit up for the team (yes, I literally wore a jersey) and watch the games. My mood for the weekend was determined by a win or a loss. In the last decade, however, it hasn’t made much sense to rely on a group of college football players to make or break my […]

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The Folio Society

After much internal debate, I’ve decided to renew my membership to The Folio Society. It’s a bit of a commitment to agree to buy four (pricey) books in the next year, but I can’t help myself. I’m a sucker for two things: beautiful books and British culture. The combination of the two is pretty much irresistible. The Brits slay me. Their dry humor, their correctness, their funny punctuation (no period […]

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Mad About a Wimpy Kid

Do you remember being 12 years old and thinking that Mad Magazine was the height of comedy? I had a cherished collection that I just knew was going to bring me a million dollars when I grew up because I had just seen an episode of Amazing Stories in which the protagonist cashed in on all his childhood junk. That was going to be me. Then my sister shattered my […]

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The Secret Code of Parents

One of the ways The Big M and I amuse ourselves is by talking in code when we need to discuss things in front of the kids that we don’t want them to understand. We don’t speak a mutual foreign language, so that’s out. The Boy can spell now, so spelling things is out. He’s even got Op Talk** down, a special spelling language that my in-laws introduced me to. […]

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God Bless Texas, Part Dos

The Big M informs me that my previous post was off-putting in its jingoism. That’s tough to hear. Jingoism implies “an extreme and unreasoning partisanship on behalf of a group to which one belongs, especially when the partisanship includes malice and hatred towards a rival group.” Yikes. Look, I love Texas, but I get that not everyone does. I’m on a search for Truth, and the Truth is that Texas […]

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God Bless Texas

Did you know that Gen. Sam Houston was a protégé of Gen. Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of our United States? I wonder what ol’ Sam would have thought if someone had told him that his name would be the first word ever spoken on the moon. What’s got me thinking about Houston? I mean, besides that U2 is playing in concert there tonight and I’m missing it? I’m reading […]

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