My Musings

This text is currently hidden by a css change. Alow's me to go directly to the category description because it is editable in the front end,

Hold That Rail

I would calculate that roughly half to three quarters of my conversations with my teenage children regard how to behave sensibly and avoid making stupid mistakes that you will regret later. I possess a Swiss army knife of advice, including these: bring water; a light sweater will help if the a/c is too high; the sun is low so wear a brimmed hat; hold the railing on these stairs.

That I'm mostly ignored when I say these things is no surprise. After hearing dad issue the same advice over and over, the value of the words has decreasing benefit. Indeed, after a while I begin to think that I should start to use "reverse psychology." Psychologists have a word for this: "psychology." There is nothing reverse about it. But anyway, in order to get my teens to bring water, I might say "whatever you do, don't bring water." To hell with Dad and his stupid advice! I'm bringing gallons of water! And sunscreen!

Of course, I'm a classic "do as I say not as I do" type of person. OK, mostly not – I tend to bring a rolling suitcase of items I might need "just in case" when I make a five-minute trip to the park. But occasionally, I could use my own advice. To wit, this morning I woke up in the middle Quebec City (awakened by chickens out the back window, no less), and excited for the day and wishing to give my wife some extra sleep to recover from our fancy dinner than ended at 11:30 PM, gathered all my stuff – shorts, a sweater, my backpack, my wallet, my watch – and then tried to sneak down the stairs carrying these things, which left me unable to hold the railing. You can imagine what happened next.

Somehow, falling down a flight of uncarpeted wooden steps left me with just a few very minor injuries. I seem to have the same number of teeth and eyes that I had yesterday, all bones are intact, and I managed to acquire just a few new battle scars. 

Lesson learned: prior to offering advice to your teens, practice saying your piece in front of a mirror.

Continue reading
  349 Hits



J'Biden Era Haikuage


People's Arms. That's right!

200 million shots

In 100 days


We are good people

But we still have far to go

Repair. Restore. Heal.


There's nothing new here

The Affordable Care Act

We're restoring it 


America's Day

Democracy is fragile

The world is watching 


Strategy is based

On Science, not politics

Truth, not denial



Subscribe To The Blog

Produce This Audio Play!

Ever wanted to produce a radio play?  Think you have the mettle?  Read on!

Tag Cloud

Earth Beer Eating and Drinking People I know the future the sea Mustard Good Reads Ice Dancing Brain Surgery Belgian Ales Higher Education Dad advice Golf Stairs Christmas Tom Waits TV Diseases Climate Change coronavirus Soviet Union Imaginings Barber Shops My sisters Work COVID Canadiana Religion Boston Red Sox Liz Phair high winds Audio Things I've done Soup Royal Stuff Grass Skiing Quebect Spice Girls Art Scotch and Sirloin My grandparents Communication Channels punk music Bob Dylan Politics As Usual Texting Ticketmaster Accounting curling shoes Knots Existential Crisis Coyotes US Senate Bands I've Seen When I die soapbox rantings Bands I've seen Plastic Audubon Bar Folk Music Trump gathering throngs New England China The Future technology nukes baseball 1980s Advertising Vaccines Canada Sugarbush Cornhole star Skiing NPR acerbic high school principal Hand Planes vacation The Old Days Wind Rock Bands Hache Verde Hot Air Balloon Snow Guns Reveillon Bodysurfing Ketchup midwinter vacations Bunker Email Mom and Dad cornhole Eclipse Martinis Ukraine Bikes Hurricanes Roommates I've Had Soul Coughing Big Shoes Guns and Ammo Zoom Fiction Weather Car Dealerships Peacekeeping Allergies Putin Chowder Vaughn Rabbit Hole Cars Yeast plan mid-winter vacations Bands I haven't seen Skating Music The Past town square My Estate My Parents Them Kids War and Peace seasons The future Drumming tambourrine Sports weather COVID-19 Bicycles Me Marketing Gimmicks Spoon the band Mike Doughty Cats Theater Hawaii Syracuse Biden afterlife Pats Food Mass General Hospital