Archives for February 2013

The Muse Has A Date

the museHi, Betsy

Oh hey!  Hi, Muse!  How are you?

Fine.  Um.  Nice to see you.

You seem a little uncomfortable, Muse.  What’s up?

I have to, um, tell you something.

Oh.  Well, go ahead.

I’m, well.  I’m, um, seeing Coffee.


I’m seeing Coffee.  We’re kind of, you know, dating.

You’re dating Coffee?  I thought you were dating the Blogosphere.

Oh, well yeah.  I see Blogosphere sometimes too.  But he’s so controlling.  “Do this.  Go here.  Look at this.” WhatEVER.

Okay, but–

Wisdom from Abe


Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve always had a thing for Honest Abe Lincoln. So today I thought I would celebrate his birthday with his own words. By turns insightful, thought-provoking, and humorous, you just can’t beat a good quote from Abraham Lincoln.


Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

Silence Is Golden

silence1Many people are uncomfortable with silence.  I suppose I have to include myself in that group. I don’t watch television, but I usually have either music or an audio book playing on my iPod as I work at my job or putter around the house.

That’s great if I’m trying to entertain myself or focus on the task at hand or block out other people. Since I’m in a cubicle at my day job, I listen to music as a way to give myself virtual walls.

The Best Laid Schemes



I planned on writing a blog post today that was overwhelming and heart-wrenching in intensity and grandeur.  Then I was hit with…


And thus could write nothing at all since my head is full of…stuff and I have not managed to roll off my sofa for days.

As Robert Burns put it so gracefully, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley (often go awry).

Interview With A Groundhog

groundhogAs you may know, on Groundhog’s Day our esteemed weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow and so predicts an early spring.When I heard this news, the thermometer at the Palatial Horvath Estate had not yet topped twenty degrees.  I wondered if perhaps Phil was insane.  I wondered if I’d misheard and/or misunderstood.Then I had a thought.  It took me a moment to recognize it, but a thought it undoubtedly was.  What, I thought, what if Phil is not the only member of the subspecies Marmota monax with the ability to predict the weather?

This opened up some intriguing possibilities.  I decided the only way to be sure was to go talk to the groundhog living under the shed in my backyard.  Perhaps, I thought, he would be able to confirm or disprove Phil’s meteorological observations.  Following is a transcription of our interview.