The story of stuff is a tale I enter reluctantly but far too often. Try as I might to swim against the current of temptation and want, I will yield to the flow of consumerism and rationalize that I must have just one more toy, one more upgrade, and then I’ll be content, I promise. But I rarely am. And so, in this joy of expectation in what my new tools will afford me, there is the usual conflict between the devil of You …

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I feel it, don’t you–the turning inward that comes in these shorter days? The earth and I tilt away from heat and light, from the exuberance of summer, and now past the decline of fall, I settle here in the womb of early winter. What is it I expect to find in this moment, this one room, a single lamp beside me the only sun. Nothing but my fingers move, my mind wanders in place, I wait. It is nothing less than everything I …

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That’s a borrowed phrase–as some may remember–used to describe a perceived deficit during GB the Elder’s reign. He lacked any clear port to steer toward in his administration. Unfortunately, the current Potentate the Younger suffers no such lack of vision. It’s what he sees so clearly as his mission that scares the daylights out of me. Sorry, that is only a tangent taken once the post title popped up there. I want to think about more important matters than presidential manifest destiny. I need …

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I am grateful to Jerry Haines for bringing Slow Road Home into the view of readers in the DC area and beyond in his column, Road Reads, in the Washington Post Travel Section. The brief review is online now (you may have to register) and will be in print in the paper on Sunday, May 20, 2007; Page P02 This mention represents a disproportionately wide reach for a small book about small things from a small place. I look forward to finding out that …

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Speech to Text Update: I’ve been training Dragon naturally speaking for couple of months now, and it’s finally starting to get a little smarter. I’m using it for almost all my e-mail, which saves me thousands of keystrokes everyday. (I’m using it to dictate this post, and that process of speaking text is coming more easily. It is improving my diction, and possibly will make it possible someday for me to speak with the intelligence of a six-year-old when leaving a voice message on …

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