2019-07-28: Maureen Dowd: “The politics of purism makes people stupid. And nasty.”

2019-07-27: Just saw “The Lion King.” Spoiler alert: Beyoncé kills all the hyenas.

2019-07-26: “It has come to a point where you can rely on the Philippines for all sorts of things: trolls, click …

2019-07-25: “Trump has ‘unleashed something that’s always been just barely beneath the surface for …

2019-07-25: Frannie to the puppy, while making herself nachos: “Have some cheese, buddy. Because we all need …

2019-07-23: Finally, a national publication recognizes this. “Chicago’s Real Signature Pizza Is Crispy, Crunchy, …

2019-07-15: The New York Times has produced a fun seven-or-fewer-degrees-of-separation look at the B-52s’ …

2019-07-15: Having grown up in Southern California hearing about a fancy L.A. hotel with his name, I keep …

2019-07-14: I suppose I could go back where I came from. But San Diego is so expensive these days.

2019-07-12: I love Chicago. And you go, Alligator Bob!

2019-07-09: Those of us who are second-generation Americans can relate to Julian Castro being unable to speak …

2019-07-09: I swear I thought Ross Perot was already dead.

2019-07-07: On a rare Sunday morning off, watching the Women’s World Cup final and marveling at how utterly …

2019-07-06: “There’s a very high cost to our politics for celebrating the Trump style, but what is most …

2019-07-03: So depressing to see the rumors appear to be true, especially a few months after the husband got the …

2019-07-03: Spent a half-hour in a dentist’s chair having a tooth screwed in and watching …

2019-04-25: Last open house for us at F’s grade school. Still trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s …

2019-04-15: “I’ve found that real life, face-to-face, hug-to-hug contact offers more bang for my buck than …

2019-04-15: KJ Dell’Antonia: “I came to a simple conclusion about getting the reactions of friends, family and …

2019-04-11: Been a while since I was last on Micro.blog. Allow me to reacclimate myself here with a photo of a …

2019-03-29: The Beatles’ “Help” is being used in a Google ad. I need a drink.

2019-03-27: “A good dog does not lick people’s pants.” — Frannie, age 11, to her exuberant puppy

2019-03-21: A rough day at work that’s not over yet. I will take this time for an extended break with Ichiro …

2019-03-21: A Deadspin commenter on Ichiro’s inevitable induction into the Hall of Fame, presuming the entire …

2019-03-21: This passing of the torch during Ichiro Suzuki’s final game as a major leaguer reminds me that …

2019-03-20: I’ve been on Micro.blog/Twitter sporadically lately, so forgive me if someone has posted this …

2019-03-17: I really hadn’t planned on driving around the block a few times in tears with “Misirlou” and “Mr. …

2019-03-16: Windshield this morning. Bright and sunny, but a bit frosty.

2019-03-10: I guess the auto parts business is trying to diversify.

2019-03-09: Vegan friends: So, when are nuts and berries not vegan?

2019-03-09: When you wake up with a glimmer of wisdom and hope after a dismal day, celebrate with breakfast, …

2019-03-08: You know it’s a lousy day when the Google doodle wishing you a happy birthday feels more heartfelt …

2019-03-08: Natal gifts today and four years ago (garciabuxton.com)

2019-03-08: Best birthday gift ever: a notebook filled with artwork by my sister, who has been making cards and …

2019-03-07: I wish Pico Iyer was on Micro.blog. From Twitter: ”’Attention,’ Simone Weil noted, ‘is the rarest …

2019-03-06: A bit of a drive-thru wait for a late dinner after Ash Wednesday services and compline.

2019-03-06: Repenting in the age of iPhones and instant gratification (America Media) Lent is the moment — or …

2019-03-05: Starbucks is launching a drink with Ariana Grande. Sadly, it will not be called the Ariana Grande, …

2019-03-05: Last paczki-themed photos for a while, especially since today is Fat Tuesday and we’ll be done with …

2019-03-05: Outside the bakery where the line was 20 deep for quality paczki: “Oh please, oh please, oh please — …

2019-03-04: Been collecting the memories I’ve wasted on Facebook all these years. This reclamation project has …

2019-03-03: It’s almost Lent, and all I can think about is how much I want to give up on my church home and move …

2019-03-03: Our annual haul of dog paczki. Two of each—coconut, sweet potato, peanut butter, and chicken—but I …

2019-03-02: Neat to see lots of people here talking about digital spring cleaning. It’s inspiring—and given that …

2019-03-02: So, we hung out with an unsavory crowd this afternoon.

2019-03-01: Puppies are tiring.

2019-03-01: It’s hard to be roommates with an awkward four-legged toddler.

2019-02-28: Valid question.

2019-02-28: Good morning.

2019-02-27: A little Cowbell Zen. (garciabuxton.com)

2019-02-26: Is 52 and 11 months old too early to retire? Asking for a friend. :|

2019-02-26: In the back, in the middle: More cowbell!

2019-02-24: Took a look at the Oscars in time to see one of the few nominees I actually watched, the animated …

2019-02-24: A rare photo that doesn’t involve either the puppy chewing on the cat or the cat getting the puppy …

2019-02-24: Dilemma: Tune into red carpet coverage of the Oscars, or continue to listen to the Brewers radio …

2019-02-24: I’m spending too damn much on the dogs.

2019-02-24: You know it’s horribly windy when your glasses get blown off your face.

2019-02-23: We’re supposed to get significantly high winds tonight in the Chicago area through Sunday night. …

2019-02-23: I now have a Pokemon GO category on my blog. What the hell has happened to me?

2019-02-23: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: As much as I love the White Sox, listening to Ed …

2019-02-23: Went to the local Pakistani grocer and found these. Haven’t had Aeros since our last Canada trip. A …

2019-02-23: Before cleaning the kitchen, set up the first cut daffodils of the season. Priorities, people.

2019-02-23: If this is in The Onion today, it must be spring training.

2019-02-23: Reading: Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain (NY Times) ”Mostly, I became …

2019-02-22: Listening to spring training baseball on the MLB app. Phillies-Rays. I don’t really care about …

2019-02-21: Teenagers Say Depression and Anxiety Are Major Issues Among Their Peers (N.Y. Times) “Fewer …

2019-02-19: A nice find. I don’t drink a ton at home, and some days this is just enough. Quality stuff, too.

2019-02-18: The New York Times Cooking app is peddling heresy.

2019-02-17: “The clown is kind of creepy.” — Frannie, 10, watching Bozo the Clown clips from the 1960s on WGN-TV

2019-02-17: Still unwell from this morning, but we still managed to crank out our first attempt at simple …

2019-02-17: Not feeling well, so F and I stayed home from church this morning. We’re going over the Gospel …

2019-02-16: So, I decided this morning to scope out what kind of poop-scooping apparatus is out on the market …

2019-02-16: “Do we really want to live in a culture like this? Where no one has the room to grow or change or …

2019-02-16: “Whether Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative, right, left, center, blue or red — …

2019-02-16: A girl and her dog.

2019-02-16: ‘Word Jazz’ Creator And Host Ken Nordine Dies (WBEZ) ”In a 2000 interview with Nordine, WBEZ’s …

2019-02-14: Happy Valentine’s Day.

2019-02-13: Reading: Westminster Dog Show: King Continues Reign of Terriers (N.Y. Times; huge H/T to @macgenie) …

2019-02-12: Because poor Winslow needs some love with the puppy overwhelming the household lately, here’s a …

2019-02-12: May be the best thing I’ve seen on social media all day, from @chrchcurmudgeon on Twitter.

2019-02-12: Ice thief.

2019-02-11: A bit of a splurge today. These appear to live up to the hype, though I suspect I will need to use a …

2019-02-11: Very rough Sunday involving the puppy and the kid. Unable to catch up on work as I had planned. …

2019-02-10: Stuff we’ve caught the new dog trying to eat this weekend: Orange crayon Plastic toy part …

2019-02-10: Sunday reading. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12 for both Chicago teams. Thank God.

2019-02-09: Reading: Why I’m obsessed with reading books about writing in notebooks (Washington Post) ”In an …

2019-02-09: Winslow continues to hide behind the sheer living room curtain away from the puppy, haunting us all …

2019-02-08: Singing a song about taking a dump to the tune of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony does not appear to help …

2019-02-08: “What’s that in your mouth?” “What are you eating? Don’t eat …

2019-02-07: Doggy standoff on a cold day out. Winslow won’t have anything to do with the new guy.

2019-02-06: Reading: This typewriter repairman was told computers were king. Twenty years later, he’s still in …

2019-02-05: Baby’s first destroyed charge cord. (Fortunately, it wasn’t plugged in at the time.)

2019-02-05: One nice thing about potty training a puppy this time of year: Frozen dog poop is a lot easier to …

2019-02-03: Puppies make a lot of noise when they’re getting acclimated. We love our new guy, but those 1- and …

2019-02-03: This is Winter. He is a 3-month-old Lab mix recently brought to an area shelter as part of a litter …

2019-02-02: The 10-year-old insisted on turning on the television to see if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. …

2019-02-01: Friday Five: What I wanted to do versus what I actually did this week. (garciabuxton.com)

2019-01-31: I appreciated Stephen Colbert’s extended shoutout to Chicago last night. But it sparked a …

2019-01-31: For those of you who asked me to review the iPhone XR when I first got it: I miss the smaller size …

2019-01-29: A Micro.blog observation: “They’re all guys.” (garciabuxton.com)

2019-01-29: Reading: GoFundMe CEO: One-Third of Site’s Fundraisers Are to Cover Medical Costs (Time)

2019-01-29: You know it’s gonna be bad in Chicago when Lou Malnati’s closes early.

2019-01-29: Welp, school officially canceled tomorrow. (Band practice already canceled this afternoon.) My …

2019-01-29: Reading: The Rise of Anxiety Baking (The Atlantic) I was stress-baking half the time at my first job …

2019-01-28: “Lincoln Park Zoo will close early Tuesday at 3 p.m. and will remain closed Wednesday, but the …

2019-01-28: Reading: Chicago Will Be Colder Than Mount Everest, Antarctica, And Siberia On Wednesday (CBS 2 …

2019-01-28: School canceled today. The tree outside our bedroom window tells us maybe a foot or so fell …

2019-01-27: Okay, things could change between now and Wednesday. But I’m not liking the looks of this.

2019-01-27: Kamala Harris is to the left of me on an issue or two, but I thought she gave a powerful speech in …

2019-01-27: When life gives you overripe bananas, make banana bread (with, if you’re lucky, chocolate chips).

2019-01-26: Husband: “When Ann Coulter’s got her panties in a wad, then all is right with the world.”

2019-01-26: Okay, so all this TiddlyWiki talk has gotten to me. Does it have to be self-hosted, or are there …

2019-01-26: Reading: Why Scotland Loves Haggis (BBC Travel) We attend the local Highland Games west of Chicago …

2019-01-26: Reading: Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work? (N.Y. Times) “Welcome to hustle culture. It …

2019-01-26: I am having a lengthy text conversation with my sister about animal farts. Technology was made for …

2019-01-25: Friday Five: This weekend’s to-do list. (garciabuxton.com)

2019-01-24: Pre-bedtime chess lesson. Cat didn’t help at all.

2019-01-24: I miss having more than one dog for nights like this.

2019-01-23: Reading: Sorry, Sweethearts: America’s most popular Valentine’s Day candy won’t be on shelves this …

2019-01-23: Related to the previous WashPost link: Social media is rotting democracy from within (Vox)

2019-01-23: Reading: Around the globe, Trump’s style is inspiring imitators and unleashing dark impulses …

2019-01-22: Backyard rush hour.

2019-01-22: Random links: Memento mori, collapsing worlds, and suspect tweets. (garciabuxton.com)

2019-01-21: Reading: Stop Trusting Viral Videos (The Atlantic) “… the fact that those visceral …

2019-01-20: Today’s “Nancy” strip is a prime example of the freshened comic’s brilliance. “Fourth wall,” indeed.

2019-01-20: Reading: Olivia Jaimes, the Mysterious Cartoonist Behind ‘Nancy,’ Gives Rare Interview (Vulture) The …

2019-01-20: Sage advice from yet another guy I wish was on Micro.blog.

2019-01-20: Reading: The Media Wildly Mischaracterized That Video of Covington Catholic Students Confronting a …

2019-01-19: When you have extra dough after the initial apple cake for church, bake a smaller cake with what’s …

2019-01-19: Reading: ‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who …

2019-01-19: Relieved to see the bags of apples we picked last fall remained pretty fresh while hanging from the …

2019-01-19: Reading: The End of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Is Here (Fortune) It’s been barely on life …

2019-01-19: Two more cookie sheets to go. A nice way for F and me to warm up the house on a snow day.

2019-01-18: Reading: Waiting for a Shutdown to End in Disaster (The Atlantic) ”…a grim but growing …

2019-01-18: Reading: This is the telegram MLK sent Malcolm X’s wife after her husband’s …

2019-01-18: And yet the snow hasn’t even started.

2019-01-18: Friday Five: Snow, poetry, and rosaries. (garciabuxton.com)

2019-01-17: Say what you will about the evil of Twitter, but it’s deeply heartening to see poetry bubble …

2019-01-17: Alexis Madrigal: “There isn’t some global corporate conspiracy to get you to post a photo of …

2019-01-17: Some days, I miss working in news. Some days, I don’t.

2019-01-17: So utterly sad to see this: Beloved Poet Mary Oliver, Who Believed Poetry ‘Mustn’t Be …

2019-01-17: Reading: Sorry I Forgot Your Birthday, I’ve Stopped Checking Facebook (Wall Street Journal; …

2019-01-16: Reading: Here’s why we need to stop celebrating ‘superparents’ (Washington Post) Never mind the data …

2019-01-16: Reading: Conan O’Brien Wants You to Know That Nothing Matters and You’re Going to Die …

2019-01-16: Dreamed last night that I was moving my family to Sacramento so I could take a newspaper job. Nobody …

2019-01-15: Billy Idol is headlining this year’s Ribfest in Naperville, Illinois. I can’t decide if this makes …

2019-01-15: Proud to announce that Our Tween the Percussionist is on to a new instrument: the cowbell. …

2019-01-13: Totally digging this Samurai Jesus take on the miracle at Cana.

2019-01-13: It’s cold.

2019-01-13: Chargers-Pats game on, muted. Remembering that (1) I generally haven’t missed football, (2) I don’t …

2019-01-12: Reading: In San Diego, a Quandary Over the (L.A.) Chargers (New York Times) National media picks up …

2019-01-12: Reading: What’s the last song you want to hear before you die? (Washington Post) Need to think about …

2019-01-12: And so ends another Pokemon Go Community Day with the tween. Evolved one of the scores of Totodiles …

2019-01-12: Reading: Social media addicts ‘have same personality traits’ as drug addicts …

2019-01-12: Reading: Don’t Reply to Your Emails: The Case for Inbox Infinity (The Atlantic) I thought I was just …

2019-01-11: Reading: Trump’s Typos Reveal His Lack of Fitness for the Presidency (The Atlantic) ”Nearly every …

2019-01-11: Reading: The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts (Vox)

2019-01-11: Another dinner in the books at the Golden Pheasant. (Elmhurst, Illinois)

2019-01-11: Can’t decide what’s worse: the 10-year-old practicing the cymbals or the husband playing the “Baby …

2019-01-11: Friday Five: “The epidemic of distraction” … and the Pips. (garciabuxton.com)

2019-01-10: Reading: Millennials Don’t Have a Monopoly on Burnout (New Republic) As a Gen Xer who has lost count …

2019-01-10: Reading: The Death of the Sick Day (The New York Times) The shifting definition and expanding …

2019-01-08: Reading: Smartphone users warned to be careful of the Antichrist (BBC) ”Every time you use your …

2019-01-08: Reading: ‘Voice of the forest’: George the snail, last of his kind, dies at age 14 …

2019-01-07: Sifting through old photos. I believe F was in second grade when she tried to explain feline visual …

2019-01-07: Reading: What’s behind the confidence of the incompetent? This suddenly popular psychological …

2019-01-07: Reading: Opus Dei paid $977,000 to settle sexual misconduct claim against prominent Catholic priest …

2019-01-07: My Micro Monday recommendation (first one in a while): @MissPidge, a fine artist, serial …

2019-01-06: Totally want one of these “It’s an honor just to be Asian” T-shirts.

2019-01-06: Finally lying down after falling off our porch earlier this afternoon. Didn’t hit my head, …

2019-01-06: Reading: Confessions of a conflicted Chargers fan (NBC San Diego) Written last month, even more …

2019-01-05: I attend an Episcopal church that is more Catholic than most Roman churches I know. Yet my holiest …

2019-01-05: Reading: Hundreds of TSA screeners, working without pay, calling out sick at major airports (CNN)

2019-01-04: The husband cleaned up his side of the bed and unearthed some old Frannie reading. He decided to …

2019-01-04: Reading: Depression in girls linked to higher use of social media (Guardian)

2019-01-04: Friday Five: Burnout, Blotting, and “like-hearted people.” (garciabuxton.com)

2019-01-03: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (which I still want to see while it’s in theaters) is …

2019-01-02: ”… you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery …

2019-01-02: Reading: Why You Should Start a Blog in 2019 (Tedium). (H/T @tones on Micro.blog!)

2019-01-02: Try to top that achievement, folks.

2019-01-01: A gift from a friend on the feast of Mary, Mother of God.

2019-01-01: Now, revised (garciabuxton.com) With props to @christopherchelpka.

2018-12-31: Reading in the New Year. (garciabuxton.com) In which I set myself up to crash and burn for another …

2018-12-30: Watching the National College Cornhole Championships on ESPN2. When do pitchers and catchers report …

2018-12-30: Reading: Malware attack disrupts delivery of L.A. Times and Tribune papers across the U.S. (L.A. …

2018-12-30: A big to-do: My 19 for 2019 (with a shoutout to @twelvety). (garciabuxton.com)

2018-12-30: Playing with the Carrot weather app’s location game and admiring its attention to detail.

2018-12-29: New year, new notebook system. I loved a lot about my old standard-sized traveler’s notebook, except …

2018-12-28: Friday Five (plus three): Good riddance, 2018. (garciabuxton.com)

2018-12-27: Slow work day. Sifting through the 1,120 titles in my Amazon Kindle content stash. Now that Frannie …

2018-12-26: Watching “Stop Making Sense” on Amazon Prime because I feel like reliving the soundtrack of college …

2018-12-26: Hm. My ability to post links on Micro.blog – and forwarding them to Twitter – seems a …

2018-12-26: Reading: Sister Wendy Beckett, Nun Who Became a BBC Star, Dies at 88 (New York Times) So utterly sad …

2018-12-26: Just took up @manton on his holiday special and sent out a handful of invitations to check out …

2018-12-26: Reading: Why Do Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas? (Forward) I love this. I’m Catholic and I …

2018-12-25: F has a favorite Christmas gift.

2018-12-24: … sleep in heavenly peace. Merry Christmas. (St. Paul’s Parish, Riverside, Illinois)

2018-12-24: Random links: Gingerbread houses, staying Catholic, and the Santa Colonel (garciabuxton.com) Merry …

2018-12-24: I’ve read about the origin of NORAD’s tracking of Santa Claus, but this is a …

2018-12-24: Jeff Jarvis provides a nuanced take on the Facebook-or-not-to-Facebook dialogue out there now. H/T …

2018-12-23: Presents wrapped. Four pans of fudge created, with at least two more to go before tomorrow night. I …

2018-12-22: Reading: Benefits of Having a Child on the Autism Spectrum (The Mighty) This reminds me that I have …

2018-12-22: Spent most of my afternoon lying down in a dark room and wondering why flu shots don’t always fend …

2018-12-22: Fell asleep with “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” streaming on a random public radio station and …

2018-12-22: Leftover snapshot from the week: Sawa’s Old Warsaw, Broadview, Illinois.

2018-12-22: Reading: 15 Things You Need to Know If Your Child Is an Introvert (Psychology Today) (Testing the …

2018-12-21: [Dodgers trade Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood to Reds for Homer …

2018-12-21: Dear iPhone autocorrect, The pickled Italian pepper relish I put on sandwiches is spelled …

2018-12-21: The psalm that refreshes. (garciabuxton.com)

2018-12-21: Pro tip: The best time to remember that cabbage makes you gassy is before you decide on the Polish …

2018-12-20: Reading: The Fresno Bee and the war on local news (GQ). The Bee was my first full-time newspaper gig …

2018-12-20: Does the tinkering with one’s blog ever end? No. No it doesn’t.

2018-12-18: The maple fudge was a success, albeit more grainy than I would like. (It’s supposed to be …

2018-12-17: Vacation done. The anxiety dreams over the weekend reminded me. Back to the grind this morning.

2018-12-16: Christmas at the Marytown dining hall. (A leftover snapshot during last week’s retreat.)

2018-12-16: Making maple fudge should not leave me exhausted and needing to lie down.

2018-12-14: NOMO app comparison: Contax T3 simulator versus Lomo simulator. (The Lomo version has the faux date …

2018-12-14: Came home from my retreat this afternoon and found this in the mail.

2018-12-12: Anybody have the Nomo analog camera app? Downloaded it and am playing around with the Instax and …

2018-12-12: One can hope: “What Happens When Facebook Goes the Way of MySpace?” (New York Times)

2018-12-07: Finally done with work. Time to leave it behind for a week off, split between a visit from family …

2018-12-07: But I prefer my milk gluten-free. 😕

2018-12-06: Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks is dead of a heart attack; he was 63. Damn, I feel old.

2018-12-05: Futile repair attempts for my old iPhone 6S sucked up half my workday; two-factor authentication …

2018-12-05: The drummer girl pix mark my first photo attempts with my new iPhone XR. I hadn’t planned on getting …

2018-12-05: Our little drummer girl did her thing with the intermediate band this evening.

2018-12-03: Square-inch pieces of juice box packaging + cheap glitter pens from Target + a bold black Pilot G2 = …

2018-12-01: Me: “Looks like Air Force One is gonna carry Bush’s casket to Washington.” …

2018-11-25: School canceled tomorrow. That “Yay” I heard in the next room was not unexpected.

2018-11-25: Aaaand we’ve now a blizzard warning in DuPage County. Whee.

2018-11-25: Coming up at the top of the hour on the Weather Channel: “Dead of Winter: The Donner Party.” …

2018-11-25: Blizzard warning! It’s a thing just west of here. (We just have a “winter storm warning.” Also …

2018-11-24: Experienced my first service—a funeral, sadly—in an African-American Baptist church. Blown away by …

2018-11-23: The funniest thing about this (to me, anyway) is the option to hide the packaging that reveals …

2018-11-23: Time for my traditional Day of Avoidance. Staying away from retail and opting to clean up the home …

2018-11-21: Dog, shaved. Note the turkey theme on the collar. And Petco wasn’t open yet, so it was too early to …

2018-11-21: Retrieved the dog from his quarterly shave at the groomer’s. My reward of a Starbucks tall …

2018-11-20: Despite my flu shot last month, I’m feeling fluish these past few days (tremendous fatigue, …

2018-11-15: Let’s see: Get ahead of my workload tonight or pass out after a week of “getting ahead of my …

2018-11-15: The ultimate purpose of social media really should be to post old video of David Letterman sharing a …

2018-11-10: Breakfast with friends, lunch with friends, Pokemon Go Community Day wandering with family. Doesn’t …

2018-11-08: The salvation of tiny art. (garciabuxton.com)

2018-11-08: “Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are no longer adding new users in the United States.” …

2018-11-07: Always happy to feed the neighborhood wildlife.

2018-11-06: I was hoping for a distraction from politics today, but this isn’t what I had in mind. Sad to …

2018-11-06: It’s important.

2018-11-01: Winslow likes toys that aren’t his.

2018-10-31: “So, all this stuff about black cats being bad is pretty much cat racism.” — F. Buxton, age 10

2018-10-31: I was never into Halloween as a kid. And nothing against those who celebrate, but I’m a little …

2018-10-30: Blog: Yes, I’m hiding from you. Nothing personal, I swear. (garciabuxton.com)

2018-10-30: I, too, once thought the Internet would make people smarter and better informed. Kara Swisher: I …

2018-10-29: “Silence is God’s first language. Everything else is a poor translation.” Rev. Thomas Keating, …

2018-10-28: I’m no Dodgers fan, but I applaud Rich Hill for speaking up: “The focus, in my opinion, …

2018-10-24: Husband just asked whether she’ll be buried in a Pyrex casket. Dorcas Reilly, Creator of the …

2018-10-24: So sorry to see this. Sometimes his paraphrase of the Bible, The Message, made me wince after being …

2018-10-18: Yeah. It’s been a work day.

2018-10-16: “Despite a long-standing and well-crafted reputation for being the nicest place on the …

2018-10-13: Playing with filters over an early dinner.

2018-10-13: A lovely day for apple picking in Woodstock, Illinois.

2018-10-13: “The three teams that are left besides us have all been there, done that. We haven’t been …

2018-10-12: I may or may not have felt a snowflake on my person as I checked the mail just now.

2018-10-12: Sometimes this place feels like group therapy for social media recovery. It’s had an effect: …

2018-10-11: Oh, today was downright breathtaking in its craptasticness. And if that’s not a word, then dammit, …

2018-10-11: So, the husband crossed the border into Wisconsin on his rounds yesterday. We’re ready to root …

2018-10-09: Guessing that what I’m feeling right now, as a native of San Diego and former NFL fan, is how …

2018-10-09: It did my heart good to see this in the Times on this crummy morning. Except for the …

2018-10-08: I really didn’t need to read this before bedtime. Smartphone robot finger lets devices crawl …

2018-10-08: Also, the podcast episode serves as my de facto Micro Monday recommendation of @ayjay, whose …

2018-10-08: Had a great time talking to @macgenie for the latest Micro Monday podcast. She made the whole …

2018-10-08: Bookmarking this long read for later. Welcome to my world as an editor. From inboxing to thought …

2018-10-07: Interesting side effect (I hesitate to say “benefit”) of watching the Dodgers-Braves game: seeing …

2018-10-07: In a rare moment, I just tweeted. The only time I tweet nowadays is at my 10-year-old’s behest to …

2018-10-07: Wrote my first letter on the new typewriter. I’ve missed you, snail mail.

2018-10-06: Buttercream and butterscotch flavors swirled together. No actual beer was harmed in the production …

2018-10-06: Time to take a backhoe to the home office and clear out space for the new typewriter. Pray for me.

2018-10-06: Analysis: Senators representing less than half the U.S. are about to confirm a nominee opposed by …

2018-10-05: Happy to know F can keep herself occupied when I’m in the middle of something. Behold, the “doughnut …

2018-10-05: F is home from school today (“institute day” for teachers). I’m in my office on a …

2018-10-05: I didn’t have time to clear off the kitchen table for this, but I don’t care. Just installed a new …

2018-10-04: Oh, listening to Uecker shill Usinger’s sausages and Leinenkugel beer in October at Miller …

2018-10-04: Really nice to listen to Bob Uecker call a ballgame in October. Since both Chicago teams are out, …

2018-10-04: Dentist has the SiriusXM ‘70s channel. It’s playing the Bay City Rollers cover of “I Only Want to Be …

2018-10-04: It’s an I-just-ate-two-breakfast-sandwiches-and-there-goes-my-fast kind of morning.

2018-10-03: This is my third notice in 15 minutes. Somebody make it stop.

2018-10-02: Just bought two typewriter ribbons and a used (yeah, like I’d find one new out there) Royal …

2018-10-02: Going a little retro with the place where I stash macro asides.

2018-09-29: Another Saturday, another morning of listening to “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” repeatedly, …

2018-09-29: It seems really wrong — and certainly inconvenient — to love sleep more than anybody else in my …

2018-09-28: I don’t have the stomach for social media conversing at the moment. Meanwhile, I’m just …

2018-09-27: Close to wrapping up another nonstop work week. Tonight is the first night this week I get to go to …

2018-09-26: I was in high school and college in the 1980s. I didn’t learn until 10 years ago how much …

2018-09-26: “The pancakes are cold because I took too long to select an Instagram filter. I will eat them …

2018-09-26: Weird how coworkers who complain of childish behavior in the workplace are often the coworkers who …

2018-09-24: “There are many things that would be lost if we slowly lose the cognitive patience to immerse …

2018-09-24: One word, according to this writer: Stoics. (Paging @paulcraig901.) Catastrophe overload? Read …

2018-09-24: The only thing that really compels me to post on Twitter and Facebook these days: a daughter’s pride …

2018-09-24: In lieu of homework, F and I made shimmery golden slime, which looks much more shimmery and golden …

2018-09-24: “… other newbies include: aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bokeh, …

2018-09-23: My friend Gayle has a sweet sideline as a dog sitter. Frannie and I got to hang with her and her two …

2018-09-23: It’s a new frontier in homiletics when the priest uses the word “frenemy” in a sermon.

2018-09-22: Pokémon Go had its monthly Community Day today. We joined the hordes of players wandering through …

2018-09-22: “All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.” — Meister Eckhart The Reinhold Niebuhr monument at …

2018-09-21: Grateful for seasonal cool weather after several hot and humid days. (Hoodie weather! Woo-hoo!) Even …

2018-09-21: Unfortunately, this feels very familiar. And as my daughter enters the tween years, this alarms me …

2018-09-20: Gives new meaning to the term “lobster pot.” Lobster pound owner thinks she has a …

2018-09-20: This appears to dovetail a bit with Ross Douthat’s recent column on conservatism after …

2018-09-19: Random photo: Punta Gorda, FL, March 2006. 📷

2018-09-18: I don’t watch awards shows much, but I have managed to replay the video of Glenn Weiss’ …

2018-09-17: At last, I have reached the Pokémon Go mountaintop.

2018-09-17: ”… for a growing number of users – and mental health experts – the very positivity of …

2018-09-16: Been rooting around Etsy for typewriter ribbons and now I’m jonesing for a second typewriter — one …

2018-09-15: So, we went shopping at a giant Korean supermarket today. And no, I didn’t get the toilet paper. I …

2018-09-15: Yes, You’re Becoming More Introverted With Age (Psychology Today)

2018-09-14: “Other scientific studies honored this year included those highlighting the benefits of using a …

2018-09-14: My self-consciousness is showing. Time to pull back a little. (garciabuxton.com)

2018-09-14: Trying to shake off its ultra-conservative image, Saudi Arabia launches a new industry: fun (L.A. …

2018-09-14: “Micro.blog … may never reach the heights of Twitter, which might be a good thing. …

2018-09-13: Random photos: Home, July 2015. Hunting for fireflies. I miss the leisurely summer twilight.

2018-09-13: Found out yesterday that our new parish rector still has a flip phone. I found myself envying him. …

2018-09-13: Okay, maybe too late to post for my friends staring down Florence right now, but it’s a good …

2018-09-12: Random photo: Austin, MN, October 2003. We did a Midwestern road trip for our honeymoon, and drove …

2018-09-12: Apparently I’m the only person on Micro.blog who didn’t watch the Apple thing. ;)

2018-09-12: “It was this competition of who’s the happiest. Participating in that is not something I’m …

2018-09-11: It’s the first night since Saturday I don’t have a looming deadline that forces me to work into the …

2018-09-11: Random photo: Shackleford Banks, NC, August 2017. Thinking of my friends in the Carolinas as …

2018-09-11: “Everything Bagel With Cream Cheese And A Tiny American Flag, Eaten With A Fork: You are trying too …

2018-09-11: “Right now I’m watching a lot of Walker, Texas Ranger and turning a lot of Smirnoff into …

2018-09-11: “They are the kinds of places where the public, private and philanthropic sectors can work …

2018-09-10: Random photo: Birch Aquarium, La Jolla, CA, September 2013.

2018-09-09: Random photo: Broadview, IL, June 2016. Had lunch here after church today. Starches and cabbage …

2018-09-08: I always appreciated Major Healey and Howard Borden. Bill Daily, Major Healey in ‘I Dream of …

2018-09-08: Not-so-random photo: Home, December 2015. Typewriter conversation with @paulcraig901 reminded me of …

2018-09-08: Beautiful, gut-wrenching read. “After Teddy died I heard the phrase: you will learn to feel the love …

2018-09-08: Detail that made me laugh out loud: Even Pinterest has banned Alex Jones. Conspiracy Theories Made …

2018-09-07: Long weekend ahead (funeral, work projects, proofreading for a friend), but what I look forward to …

2018-09-07: Bookmarking this for when I get the dreaded update. How to Return to Chrome’s Old Look—and Fix …

2018-09-07: Random photo: Raleigh, NC, August 2017 📷

2018-09-06: Didn’t take long to see my first tweet about Burt Reynolds’ passing with a photo of Tom …

2018-09-06: I guess I’m going to have to find other ways to make myself smarter. (But I love the …

2018-09-06: Random photo: Littleton, NH, July 2017. 📷

2018-09-05: Random photo: Shackleford Banks, NC, August 2017. 📷 (Also, posted this with Sunlit; interesting how …

2018-09-05: 1 in 5 U.S. teachers works a second job to survive. In related news: Teacher pay drops 5% in last …

2018-09-04: It’s been a day. And the work day is still going.

2018-09-04: You know it’s bad when an entire country leaves Twitter. ;)

2018-09-04: Muted all political and religious feeds on Twitter. All I have left are baseball, weather, and dogs. …

2018-09-04: Random photos: San Diego, CA, July 2014. 📷

2018-09-04: I’m more of a dog person, really. But we have a cat who seems to like me. Still filing this …

2018-09-03: We checked out a working farm operated by the county park district today. It’s preserved much of the …

2018-09-03: Best. Idea. Ever. 📷

2018-09-03: Labor Day morning. Me: I forget. We restarting the (intermittent) fasting thing today? C: Are you …

2018-09-03: For my first Micro Monday post, I recommend @eli and @cheri. I’m really enjoying getting to know …

2018-09-02: The Sunday night of a three-day weekend with a Monday holiday is the best night ever.

2018-09-02: Random photo, “Don’t Go Back to …” edition: Rockville, MD, July 2018. 📷

2018-09-02: I deleted Apple News from my phone. I’m free! FREE, I tell you!

2018-09-02: From punishing to pleasurable, how cursive writing is looping back into our hearts (Washington Post)

2018-09-01: Anybody out there have a “morning pages” habit? Do you keep it up in an analog fashion, or do you do …

2018-09-01: Libation on a cloudy evening: Lithuanian honey liqueur and soda water. Tastes faintly like ouzo, but …

2018-09-01: Went to the city for brunch with friends I haven’t seen in years. Almost backed out because I feel …

2018-08-31: Random photo: Rome, ME, June 2018. After a long work week, wishing we were there. 📷

2018-08-30: Three straight late evenings of work at home is enough. Time for a civilized night’s rest. ‘Night.

2018-08-30: So, I had to guess my kid’s favorite color during Curriculum Night. I said “blue, pink, or purple.” …

2018-08-30: This, incidentally, is B.K., short for Bright Lights, Big Kitty. He gets into my occasional photos …

2018-08-30: Okay, now I’m feeling guilty about this whole mousetrap thing. Maybe I’d feel less guilty if we just …

2018-08-30: I just heard the loud “whack” of one of my husband’s mousetraps succeeding. I wish …

2018-08-30: There’s hope for me yet. Why Being Lazy Is Actually Good For You (Time) Survival Of The …

2018-08-29: Deleted a tweet with my use of the phrase “rat-faced she-hyena with ‘80s feathered …

2018-08-29: I don’t necessarily care about this story. I just like the use of the word …

2018-08-28: Is it wrong to look at my screen and audibly tell Facebook that no, I don’t really want more …

2018-08-28: Random photo: Bangor, ME, August 2016. 📷

2018-08-28: ”… there is no greater thrill, as a kid, than looking into the gaping maw of human …

2018-08-28: I love living near a city that holds a CatVideoFest. (Ticket sales benefit local cat charities and …

2018-08-28: “The Hispanic community are Iowans. They have the same values as Iowans. As far as I’m …

2018-08-27: Finally set up an “About” page here. It’s generally a work in progress, as well as …

2018-08-27: Random photo: Elmhurst, IL, December 2012. 📷 (One of my favorite photos—one that suddenly feels far …

2018-08-27: “Surprising”? The surprising benefits of being an introvert (Time)

2018-08-27: I’ve tried four of these. Added to the bucket list: Head to Texas and try this Big Red stuff. …

2018-08-26: “John McCain, in death, is performing the unifying function that the incumbent president is …

2018-08-26: Went Pokémon hunting this afternoon with the 10-year-old from the comfort of an air-conditioned …

2018-08-26: Happy National Dog Day from Winslow and me. 📷

2018-08-26: Backpack blessed at church today; St. Paul token (top left) and St. Benedict medal attached. The …

2018-08-25: “Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the internet. To hell …

2018-08-25: Reinhold Niebuhr statue, Elmhurst College. Elmhurst, IL, August 25, 2018. 📷

2018-08-24: I really wanted No. 18 to be Mueller. Who said it: Dorothy Parker or special counsel Robert Mueller? …

2018-08-24: It took 8 years for me to get over leaving my old career. But I got over it. Why you should take …

2018-08-24: So, my husband’s job takes him to grocery stores around the area, and he ended up at a Filipino …

2018-08-23: Random photo: Dearborn Station, Chicago, IL, February 2002. 📷

2018-08-23: In a cranky social media snit, I muted/unfollowed everybody on Twitter/FB except feeds for sports, …

2018-08-23: This is why, after 8 hours of work at a desk — and before dinner, followed by another few hours of …

2018-08-23: Random photo: Preschooler in papier-mâché, Elmhurst, IL, April 2012. 📷

2018-08-23: Adding to the bucket list: a pilgrimage to Ben’s Chili Bowl. Sixty years of D.C. history and …

2018-08-22: Another snack obsession I brought back from Canada, along with “all dressed” potato chips and Tim …

2018-08-22: “Once I filled out all the note cards, I could tell by the depth of the stack that these flash …

2018-08-22: How to raise an optimistic human in a pessimistic world (Common Sense Media)

2018-08-21: Has social-media usage around the world peaked? (Globe & Mail)

2018-08-21: The more I explore and play in this space, the more I realize this is kind of how I hoped Tumblr …

2018-08-21: Random photo: Kenosha, WI, September 2016. 📷

2018-08-21: A testy Anglophile American just accused me of being “provincial” because I called …

2018-08-20: For me, micro blog = outlet. If conversation happens, that’s fine, too.

2018-08-20: Someday, I will be fully caught up on sleep.

2018-08-20: Barack Obama’s summer reading list is everything we need right now (Washington Post)

2018-08-20: Our recent travels included a stop at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. I’m finding a …

2018-08-20: “Belongingness” is an actual word. I’m going to be in the fetal position under my …

2018-08-19: Given my postings thus far, perhaps it goes without saying that one of my favorite subreddits is the …

2018-08-19: Can’t seem to shake exhaustion, head/body aches, and mild nausea. I blame much of my wear and tear …

2018-08-19: U.S. border crossing, Detroit, one week ago: Customs guy: “Where’d you come from?” Husband (for once …

2018-08-19: This was us a week ago, ending a weeklong jaunt through New England, Quebec, and southern Ontario. …

2018-08-19: Napped away most of my Sunday afternoon. I’d like to think I’m too old to feel guilty about that.

2018-08-18: Just saw a reference to this place as the “Indie Web rabbit hole.” Sounds about right. Need to …

2018-08-18: Nothing like coming home after a morning of washing pews and dusting an old church, only to discover …

2018-08-17: Reading: “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North. Started it at the behest of my …

2018-08-17: It’s my first weekend home in two weeks. Yet I ended up a lot more booked this weekend than I …

2018-08-17: Finally checking out this space. (Blame all the Twitter pitches about it from @ayjay.) Also, Twitter …