Category Archives: General

Hail, Columbia!

In reading Bringing Columbia Home, the author referred to several videos — a surviving bit of cockpit footage, eleven minutes prior to the disaster, as well as a tribute video created during the recovery period. “There’s heavy grief in our … Continue reading

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Midyear Book Freakout

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2022 Yoinked from Cyberkitten Best book you’ve read so far in 2022 How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, Donald Robertson Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2022Crusader, Ben Kane. It followed Richard the Lionheart … Continue reading

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Space Camp 2022

Last year, in observance of the anniversary of Apollo 11’s successful lunar landing on July 20, 1969, I planned for a week of space-exploration reading. I may have gotten a little carried away and kept reading astronaut books until the … Continue reading

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Update

Good morning, all. Yesterday around 5 am I was taken down for transplant surgery. I am in recovery now. Lots of discomfort and some pain but those will pass in time. Kidney appears to be working.

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Exciting update

Earlier today at work I received a call from UAB, which at first sounded very routine: I was asked if anything had changed in the last few months. Then “Gregory” announced that they had a possible kidney for me, and … Continue reading

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Warmer

I’m currently without internet (going on a week now) because AT&T is as efficient as one might expect a bloated former monopoly with decades of entrenched bureaucracy and labyrinthine phone trees to be. I’m still reading, though: I recently finished … Continue reading

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Channeling my inner Veruca Salt

“Gooses! Geeses!”

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I’m going to do it again

Welcome to the world, baby boy, I’ll paint you red and white and blue The indoctrination starts as soon as you come out the womb Pretty quick we’ll make you stupid with curriculums at school And if the classroom doesn’t … Continue reading

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April 2022 in Review

April on ReadingFreely is always marked by Read of England, my annual focus on English literature and history. This year it was half history and half historical fiction. Climbing Mount Doom:Dr. Johnson’s London, Liza PicardDangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from … Continue reading

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Your one wild and precious life

It’s been raining buckets this weekend, but after lunch the sun came out, and I threw on my gym shorts and beaten tennis shoes and hit the road. Water covered lawns, filled ditches, flooded the street — but the bright … Continue reading

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