When the One-Eyed Man is King

February 8, 2011
There's an old saying: "In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." I experienced this recently when Whitley had cataract surgery in one eye. He was having terrific trouble driving at night, and I suspect this is... continued

The Choice

February 1, 2011
We just got the news that the 92-year-old mother of good friends of ours has died, and we are making preparations to travel there for the funeral. Since the state of her health wasn't good (she had just been diagnosed... continued

Flying Lessons

January 25, 2011
Everyone talks about how the future will be different (i.e. will the world end in December 2012?), but no one talks about how HUMAN BEINGS will be different, and while the world may change, we won't survive if we don't... continued

Blood Libel

January 14, 2011
When I heard Sarah Palin's reaction to shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on BBC America News, which we watch every night, I didn't know what the phrase "blood libel" meant. The announcers on the show evinced surprise at Palin's statement... continued

A Tap on the Shoulder

January 10, 2011
Before I write about this incident, I need to include a preamble: When Whitley and I were a struggling young couple living in New York City, we used to cast about for inexpensive things to do on weekends. On one... continued

A New Year: Journey Completed

January 2, 2011
In my last diary, I wrote about our recent journey. While we are not back home yet, that journey has now been completed in a wonderful way, as if the sentence was being dotted with a period at the end.... continued

A Journey

December 31, 2010
I've gone on a long journey, both mental and physical. It's time to take stock of where I've been. This year we decided to drive to Texas to spend Christmas with Whitley's family, since some of them are getting quite... continued


December 25, 2010
One hears so much dogma these days, about all sorts of things: From Creationism to Climate Change, people make statements about what they WANT to believe, rather than what's really going on (usually because they don't want to FACE the... continued

Mouse Murder

December 17, 2010
Clement Moore wrote these immortal lines: "'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." If only that was true! I'm typing this from a house in the Hill Country... continued

Three Kinds of Christmas

December 2, 2010
A few years ago, I kept seeing billboards saying "Put the Christ back in Christmas" (objecting to the shortened term "Xmas," and to the secular "Santa Claus" celebration of the holiday). This never made any sense to me, because I... continued