Books are Terry Cloth Monkey Mothers

In his poem on Children in The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran tells parents, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending…read more

On Being 45: Journal Entry by Ex-Wife on the Whole Year

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but I still intend to write the annual holiday letter, since I love it that I can keep in touch with all of you this way. Nobody in the family died this year, for starters.  Yup, I know, Astro can’t possibly still be alive, can she?  Well, what do…read more

Richard’s Book Review of Loving What Is by Byron Katie

Why do we read books?  The best answer to this question comes from examining the broader question of why do we do anything.   In considering the myriad of choices that face us in this very minute of existence, we will choose what, we think, will make us the happiest.  Animals, even protozoa, follow this fundamental…read more

Richard Explains the Superiority of Junk Books over Good Books

Reading a “high quality” book, perhaps one favorably reviewed by the New York Times, can make you feel challenged, confused, sad, not up to snuff.  Maybe you will have to face the fact that you really don’t understand what the heck is going on.  I say why spend money and time to feel inadequate?  You…read more

The Mystical Experience of Contra-Dancing

Dancing American Style It was about time for Rachel and I to find another fun thing to do together.    We had already of raised a dog from puppy-hood to senior citizenship, bought a house and sold it at a loss, of bought another house and remodeled it, remodeled it again, and remodeled it again, had…read more

On Being 44: Journal Entry by Ex-Wife on the Whole Year

Well, the holidays have passed and the weather is changing (and changing and changing) in that  little-bit-of-everything Seattle springtime way.  The little flowers are coming up and being pelted by hail at the moment.  And something has been telling me for a while that it’s time to write my holiday letter.  You kind of want…read more

Learning Italian is like eating Italian

This week I thought I’d write about the experience of language school, what it’s like learning a new language at a school for foreigners in Italy.  I could talk about the beauty of learning a completely new thing.  I could talk about the neurobiology of language acquistion.  But, instead I would like to talk about…read more

Sweating in Italy

The big happening this week was our little “super” vacation to Isola D’Elba.  I say “super” because we’re already on vacation in Lucca and our trips away from here are vacations on top of our vacation.  Anyway, I wouldn’t say that this “super” vacation was “super” from the pleasure standpoint. First, I should say that…read more

On Being 42: Journal Entry by Ex-Wife on Whole Year

It’s gotten to be that time of year again, and, in fact, it has passed that time of year again, and now it’s nearly Valentine’s Day.  It’s nice that there’s almost always some holiday you can count on to make it worthwhile to write to all your friends.  So Happy Valentine’s Day! This last year…read more