Twenty-one Lessons From Chess

Those who know the rules of the game and play by them best usually win. Every group or organization has its culture. Every potential deal has its players and personalities. In addition to simply wanting something, you have to learn about the rules which dictate the play of your particular problem. Take time to learn aboutContinue reading “Twenty-one Lessons From Chess”

Graphic novels, comics, and Wilhelm Busch

One of the earliest memories I have about reading is of my dad reading the newspaper every day. This is something he still does, but I don’t recall ever seeing him read a book. My mom, though, read daily. She read books in German, English, and continued to read some things even in Polish orContinue reading “Graphic novels, comics, and Wilhelm Busch”

Why We Need Superman

I was fortunate enough to visit the Heroes Museum that was located in downtown Indianapolis. The tense is past because the one man behind the show was not making enough money to keep it open. This is a shame. It was a small part of the proprietor’s personal collection of stuff related mainly to Superman,Continue reading “Why We Need Superman”

Reaching Our Goals

Each time I enter data into the food diary of my Lifesum app, if my kids happen to be around, I can expect an incoming snarky comment or two. They are entitled to mock now and then because they know it’s safe to do it, and because they know it’s important to me that IContinue reading “Reaching Our Goals”

Life In Phases

Life has a way of handing over some focus even if you aren’t asking for any. I wouldn’t have guessed when I turned 49 that I would be living through a pandemic on orders to stay home and keep two meters away from others, but here I am. Seeing people I know fall victim toContinue reading “Life In Phases”

Are Preppers Gloating?

You might know something about preppers from personal experience or maybe from tv shows like “Doomsday Preppers.” These are the folks who have made preparations for some sort of disaster, threat, or apocalyptic scenario. They have food storage, power systems, water reserves, and, of course, defenses for their strongholds. A few weeks ago everyone wouldContinue reading “Are Preppers Gloating?”

Quarantine

Quaranta means forty in the Italian speech, Which makes me write this poem, understandably, a reach. In forty-four minutes get twice the “Rick and Morty.” It’s your third point in tennis, if you happen to be sporty. The gang of thieves was just huge that ran with Ali Baba; The Titanic got the warning fromContinue reading “Quarantine”

The Old Kashubian Elixir

When I was very young I spoke with my mother about witchcraft. I was only curious to know if her experience had anything to add to what I had been able to piece together from reading and, of course, popular media. I wasn’t surprised at all when she told me a few things she knewContinue reading “The Old Kashubian Elixir”

The Fitness Journey

117. This was the number that finally made a difference. It was the number that shook me out of the latest downward spiral I had been in for how long – I can’t say. The fitness I wanted for myself had, at that point, been pushed aside into irrelevance by the forces of depression andContinue reading “The Fitness Journey”

The Oldest Ritual

Not long ago I decided to modify my shaving routine by switching to a straight razor. There isn’t a logical reason for this, unless it might be using slightly less electricity in a day. Saving money was not my motivation for this change, though, so I wondered for a while why I should do this.Continue reading “The Oldest Ritual”