Yearly Archives: 2019

Big Plans, Small Steps

“He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” – Dutch Proverb There are many things I like about our refrigerator. I like that the freezer is on the bottom. I like that there are half a dozen little lights (rather than just one big bulb) scattered about, making it easy to find last night’s leftover slice of pizza.* (*Who am I kidding, I ate it before bed. But you get the idea.) I […] Click to read more…

 

What Are You Waiting For?

“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” – Irish Proverb My wife, Linda, and I have been in Grecia, Costa Rica now for three weeks. We came here as kind of an experiment: The kids are off to college and beyond; the house has been sold in favor of a maintenance-free condo; and we both work independently and more or less remotely. So, in an attempt to sidestep yet another Massachusetts February, we thought maybe a […] Click to read more…

 

People Are Strange When You’re a Stranger

My wife Linda and I are down in Costa Rica this week. We rented a small house in a little hill town called Grecia. Costa Ricans are legendary for their friendliness and the people who own this house are no exception. In fact, I would venture to say that even by Costa Rican standards, they are warmth outliers – inviting us over for coffee, bringing us fresh homemade yogurt, taking us to see the local attractions. Plus, there are a […] Click to read more…

 

Bear Necessities

You know me, I don’t like to brag.  But there are some things you just can’t keep to yourself.  It all started last Friday, when my wife, Linda, called to let me know there was water coming into our basement.  The weather had been very cold for several days and then, suddenly, it switched to very warm. Plus, it was raining hard.  With the ground still frozen solid, the water was pooling around the house. Some of it started leaking into […] Click to read more…

 

The NO Big Bang Theory

It was late August. My wife Linda and I and our three kids were on vacation in Colorado. We were in Crested Butte for the day, a small, former mining town in the Rocky Mountains that is as rugged and beautiful as I am not. These days, and despite its frontier beginnings, the town is overflowing with fun restaurants, cool stores and funky bars. Linda and two of our kids were off walking around. I was sitting on a bench with […] Click to read more…