I sent an e-gift card to a friend this morning via the Amazon.com web site. I got the usual, customary Amazon confirming email indicating my order had been placed. Weirdly, about an hour later, I got a phone call from a local number which went to voice mail. Here is the voice mail. I thought […]
Lately for some reason, I’ve been trawling HAR.com (Houston Areal Realtors). Not because I want to buy a new house, because I love my house and plan to be carried out of it feet first in a pine box. Possibly just curiosity and a love of older homes (like mine). Old 1930s-era bungalows and Art […]
I was adopted at birth and never had a father. At least not a birth father that I knew. But I did have a father figure. A friend of my mother, Thelma. His name was Herbert Grannis. He was around as long as I can remember. He read the Sunday comics to me until I […]
I am spending the last day of my week-long vacation cleaning out my email inbox and came across something I wrote to a close friend the evening that Robo died. I thought I’d share it with you. It happened so fast this afternoon; EMTs, cops, medical examiner … I guess with his constellation of health […]
Some of my fondest childhood memories involved my favorite Uncle Herbert. He was responsible for teaching me to read even before I was in kindergarten, teaching me to draw, and making me want to do my best.
I have friended Charles on Facebook, but just now discovered this video he made after he traveled to Serbia for the first time. He talks about his trip there and how he fell in love with the country and the people. He, like me, has Serbian friends he met online. And he was able to […]
After the sadness of the anniversary of the NATO bombings this weekend, my heart needed this. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the beautiful music.
The wealth of Serbian swear words is a particular problem to English translators…
Anyone who knows me at all knows I am a freak for old architecture, the older the better. These are some great examples of venerable old buildings, monasteries, in Kosovo. Enjoy.
And while I won’t diminish the horror of September 11, it pales in comparison to this — and other violence that the U.S. visits upon other nations. WARNING: Graphic imagery. Parental discretion is advised. (But really, you should be showing your children what can happen when power is abused. They need that life lesson.)