Will I Be Around?

I’ve never understood the phrase, “a woman of a certain age.” Now I do.

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Always the Beginner

There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Light

“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.”

James Thurber

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Dark

“Our fantastic civilization has fallen out of touch with many aspects of nature, and with none more completely than with night. Primitive folk, gathered at a cave mouth round a fire, do not fear night; they fear, rather, the energies and creatures to whom night gives power; we of the age of the machines, having delivered ourselves of nocturnal enemies, now have a dislike of night itself.”

Henry Beston
The Outermost House: A Year of Life On
The Great Beach of Cape Cod
1928

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Let’s Strangle Siri!

When I worked at IBM’s development laboratory in Poughkeepsie a long, long time ago, I wrote about the company’s efforts in speech-to-text. The development engineers told me speech-to-text would be a long, long time coming. Now, with the Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface embodied in the newest versions of iPhone, such an advance seems facile.

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Stealing Paradise

Dapple made flesh
Stolen, not scanned
Better use a cattle brand.

Haiku by Tom Torkildson
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Peeps of Paradise: “Brain Massage”

"It’s like a language. You learn the alphabet, which are the scales. You learn sentences, which are the chords. And then you talk extemporaneously with the horn. It’s a wonderful thing to speak extemporaneously, which is something I’ve never gotten the hang of. But musically I love to talk just off the top of my head. And that’s what jazz music is all about."

Stan Getz

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Lonely or Alone

The rate of loneliness in the U.S. has doubled since 1980.
University of Chicago study

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Gateways

Where you were
before you were born,
and where you are
when you’re not anymore
might be very close.
Might be the same place …

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The Miracle Swim Master of Sarasota, Part 2

When I studied Media Ecology under brilliant Neil Postman at NYU’s graduate school, he told us that by our very nature humans are teachers. It’s been my experience that this is not always so – at least when it comes to swimming.

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