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michael-seidel's picture
Aug.31.2013
Entering the kitchen the morning after a big party and encountering counters full of dirty dishes and empty bottles.  Realizing that it’s later than you thought and that you can’t stay in bed any longer. Reading a gripping book and being forced to set it aside to ‘do things’. Putting on a...
michael-seidel's picture
Aug.29.2013
Born in 1956, I lived with Mom until 1971.  She told me many things while I was under her roof.  Here are the things that never passed her lips during that time. "You better not post that online." "You've been spending too much time on your computer." "Eat your vegetables.  They...
michael-seidel's picture
Mar.29.2013
I want to paint a scenario.  Use your imagination to follow along. You're taking four tests.  The tests are different questions about the same subject.  You've studied the material and you know it.  You're ready for the tests. But you're not allowed to touch the tests. For you...
alysa-salzberg's picture
Feb.07.2013
  I take a breath.  How am I going to write this email without seeming overly upset? After a few minutes, I begin: Hi guys,  I just want to thank you all, on behalf of myself and my brother (and Hermes) for all your help in spreading the word about Hermes! I've just received a link...
michael-seidel's picture
Jan.22.2013
Yes, I'm back at work so I need to rant to save my sanity.  I rant to myself.  There isn't anyone else here since I work alone at home.   Ranting to myself isn't very satisfying.  I don't empathize much with myself. I'm like, "Dude, will you give it a break? Go...do something...
michael-seidel's picture
Jan.21.2013
Our house is six years old as of last year.  Finished in October, 2006, we're the first people who lived in it. Two months after it was officially finished, two months after the furnace's warranty expired, the furnace gave us its first issues.  A part failed and had to be replace. This...
michael-seidel's picture
Nov.10.2011
The world and I are out of sorts again, disagreeing with life's progress and purpose. Politically, Greece has a new PM, a banker...that should solve everything, I suggest in jaded jest. Friends think Herman Cain should be President, Newt should be his veep, and I laugh and I weep. Do you really? Of...
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Jan.07.2011
I was minding my own business, waiting behind a woman at the automated teller at the post office, when her phone rang.  Despite the fact she was in mid-transcation and there were several people behind her, she answered the call. "Thank you so much for calling," she said, loudly, her voice...
bob-mustin's picture
Mar.23.2010
Every Thing Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.   Writer friend Dave Frauenfelder loaned me this one, a novel I wouldn’t have picked - by an author I’d never heard of (with the overabundance of writers out there, such is the state of reading these days). It has much to dismay me, along the lines of my...
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Dec.22.2008
My friend bemoans the fact that he feels blue at Christmas, his mood so at odds with the bright lights and cheer, but to me, his malaise seems entirely in keeping with the nature-based roots of the winter holidays. In northern countries until the very recent past, this was the season when we stared...