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michael-seidel's picture
Feb.22.2014
I've been head down this week.  Haven't read much, not followed the news, haven't blogged.  Writing a new novel.  Attempting to find an agent for the previous novel.  Working long hours for the company, coping with multiple issues there.  The lack of coherency and direction...
michael-seidel's picture
Nov.02.2013
Woke early, dressed and began work.  The calendar page was flipped.  It is a new month.  Two remain in the year, then a new year.  Blinds were drawn against night, the house quiet except for the heater fan's charge, cats' questions and computer beeps and chimes.  Cats...
michael-seidel's picture
Feb.18.2013
I enjoy making coffee.  I like the ritual of it, beginning with my bean and roast selection.  I once kept an assortment, for I brewed coffee every day at home.  My selection now is just a few bags of Peet's French Roast, and a few others. I often just make instant now, for a quick...
james-buchanan's picture
Sep.25.2012
I was interested to read in today's Writer's Almanac that William Faulkner woke up early each day, at a breakfast of broild steak (not fried for some reason), eggs, and lots of coffee and then would take his tobacco and pipe and go to his study. Once there he took the doorknob off so no one could...
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Jun.10.2012
I awake to sunshine and silence. Lady sleeps alongside my left hip. Quinn is a furball at my feet. On his back, front paws tucked against his chest, Scheckter the Ginger Bear is nestled between my and my wife. He opens his eyes, looks at me. A sleepy purr emerges. It's 39 F outside, sunny with a...
michael-seidel's picture
Apr.28.2012
Alert, alert! Opposite Day has begun. Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes comic strip fame, used to invoke opposite. Words take on opposite meanings. You try, within physical bounds to do things in the opposite manner. I love the opposite day. When younger, I used to invoke a slow motion day, speaking and...
michael-seidel's picture
Jan.23.2012
I awoke this morning with Scheckter against me. His paws were under his head and his head was up against my head. He softly purred. I stroked him. His purr deepened. The day ahead and its routines circled ahead. Posting has added awareness of myself and my life, and the circular ruts I follow. It's...
brenden-allen's picture
Nov.09.2011
A recent blog by Rhoda Curtis reminded me that how we first perceive and then process changes impacting our lives is a variable of  (1) whether the change, as Ms. Curtis noted, is one we voluntarily make for ourselves or one made for and imposed upon us and (2) where a given change falls on a...
terry-odell's picture
Aug.12.2008
Home from RWA. While it's great to be home, finding the 'routine groove' seems to take forever. So far, the only major screw-up was that hubby left the air conditioner running for the two weeks we were gone. So much for saving electricity-not to mention a whole big chunk of change. Apparently when...