Out with my old dog for our evening slow walk.

Daisies, the happiest flower

Wilting Irises

In our new media reality, everything is in a Rashomon effect, and real discourse becomes impossible.

Antonio García Martínez, writing at Wired: FACEBOOK, SNAPCHAT AND THE DAWN OF THE POST-TRUTH ERA

For our survival, we must wean the world from the Facebook feed and other algorithmically fed news streams. Write a blog. Follow a blog. Read a newspaper. Pay for a newspaper subscription. Support journalism.

In Flanders Field

In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

—Composed by Lt. Colonel John McCrae at the battlefront on May 3, 1915, during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

Where did Ireland go?

They’re sick of puritans. That’s where they went, and good for them. Bravo, Ireland.

Rewatching War Horse this Memorial Day weekend and thinking of the young people who were frightened and died in Flanders Field a hundred years ago and in all our wars since.

Some (most?) of our wars were senseless and stupid, but that doesn’t lessen the nobility of the sacrifice of those who died.

We will not allow Donald to destroy what they sacrificed for.

Good morning, Internet. It’s Friday and a long weekend. Life is good.

delicious coffee

A Year of Weight Loss

A Year of Weight Loss

One year ago today at a routine doctor’s visit, I weighed in at a shocking 187 lbs., about 50 lbs. more than I’ve weighed most of my adult life. The shock from the scale and my doctor’s rude but real question to me about when my baby was due shamed me and spurned me to action once and for all  Read article …