Finding the Words

Anything I’ve written and published. A tribute to learning to speak, read, and write with something approaching my previous levels of skill after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a 2006 accident. Things other people have written that I find particularly piquant will be in the subset “Writing Just Because”.

Writing

Writing

I love stories.  I crave them.  If you want to distract me, give me a good novel. I have always written.  I have a pile of my old journals, mostly kept while traveling.  I was and still am a compulsive letter writer, mostly now in emails.  When I was barely […]

Cancer Update December 2016

Cancer Update December 2016

So, cancer. Technically I’m out of the woods for now. We’re doing quarterly scans, and there’s a chance I will undergo another round of radiation at one year. The combination of surgery and radiation have brought my cancer marker measurements to very very small. With some luck the numbers will go […]

It's Stage 2 Cancer. The Fight is On.

It’s Stage 2 Cancer. The Fight is On.

So. Cancer. You’re ambling along and a yawning chasm opens before your feet. That can be a plot device, but it knocks the breath right out of you in real life. It’s Stage 2, a moderately aggressive variant and it’s not encapsulated or anything nice and neat like that. We’re about to do the tests to […]

Eye sockets and shoulder blades

Eye sockets and shoulder blades

I found an old notebook I’d written in it shortly after I’d been hit by a bus. At the time I had a nasty head injury, but somehow I jotted these thoughts down in a notebook which I then abandoned. The thoughts come from a ten years or more earlier […]

Yahoo! email revamp still stuck in Stone Age

Yahoo! email revamp still stuck in Stone Age

By now there’s been plenty of media coverage of the technical and public relations disaster that is the new Yahoo! email.  Under the guise of a makeover, Yahoo! gutted their flagship email product and released the new version before much of anything in it worked.  Yahoo! has been strikingly silent about […]

#prayforboston

#prayforboston

I have only ever run one marathon, and in the cause of full disclosure, I didn’t run all that much of it.  I did complete the whole enchilada, got the medal and everything.  See, I’m a lousy runner.  I don’t expect to ever run in another marathon in this lifetime.  […]

Taliesin on Mead

Taliesin on Mead

The Book of Taliesin is a late Middle Welsh version of the ales of Gwion Bach and Taliesin, mostly around the court of Maelgyn Gynedd.  It was written in the 1550s, the same time Henry VIII was on the throne (or maybe collected then? Middle Welsh is 12th-14th c, and Taliesin was tenth c).  […]

Hump Day Haiku

Hump Day Haiku

Every now and then, serious academic study trips over sheer delight.  Thus it was I found the Beer Haiku website: a daily haiku submitted by readers.  As near as I can tell, the editor (Captain Hops) took a break and the site never picked up speed again, but there are some […]

Cancer

Cancer

I have two friends slowly losing the battle against cancer right now, so it’s been on my mind. Like most life forms, cancer’s success is measured in its immediate propagation of itself.  In this case, total propagation means destruction of its host and itself, and its subsequent lineage.  This is […]

Etiquette of drinking when you're with someone in AA

Etiquette of drinking when you’re with someone in AA

Thanksgiving was lovely, thank you for asking.  Thinking over it, there is something I’ve never quite settled with myself comfortably.  My aunt, who hosted, has been in AA successfully for so long I can’t remember if I ever knew she had an issue with alcohol.  Her eldest son, my cousin, drinks occasionally […]

Giving Thanks for Homebrewing, 2012

Giving Thanks for Homebrewing, 2012

I have tons and tons to be grateful for – but why am I grateful for homebrewing?  Some thoughts, not in any particular order: I’m grateful for almost all the people I’ve met through home brew.  The national motto is “Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew”, and it shows.  I may […]

Exeter riddle #28

Exeter riddle #28

Hoo, boy, I think this riddle is hard!  Again from the Exeter Codex Book of Riddles.  Did these people do nothing but drink? A part of the earth is Prepared beautifully, With the hardest, And with the sharpest, And with the grimmest Of the productions of men, Cut and . […]

How I got started in homebrewing

How I got started in homebrewing

January 2012- my nephew tells me there’s not enough personal in this story, that it would be more interesting if I let you all see a little more of me in here.  I am re-writing it, trying to make it a little less news-reporting and a little more of a story. […]