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Fun 2020

Here are the few phone photos I took of note from 2020. There was a ski trip to Lake Tahoe in February, some stays with Ruben in Sacramento, two trips to Ohio, some cooking, and walking the windswept Oregon beaches. Overall, quite a quiet year, as it should be in …

Art 2020

I’m not great at either taking professional pictures of my LED contraptions or publicizing my work. This year, I set up an Instragram account, but have not added many photos to it. Here, I dump all the phone pictures I took this year of my LED work. Some photos show …

Pandemic Routines

2021 starts with renewed exhaustion. Many hoped Covid would finish up at the end of the year, discarded along with the Christmas tree kicked to the curb. Nope, it’s still here. Little has changed except a 20 turned into a 21. Winter looms long ahead. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for my …

Retirement

As I head towards 50 (in 19 months), I already confront the big-R: retirement. When could/should I retire? How much money do I need to save? Where could I live? What do I want to accomplish before I retire? What do I want to do after I retire? Jay tells …

Nesting

I’m assessing my apartment for technology that could improve my quiet life. I bought a Bluetooth speaker to put in my kitchen so I can listen to music while I cook. A kettle arrived yesterday so I can boil water in a vessel other than a sauce pan on the …

Swamp

Faced with the 2020 global Covid pandemic, my brother and I sought a safer alternative to our usual December jet around the world into strange lands. Ray suggested staying instead in the States this year, but go quite remotely off the grid into a swamp. So, Adriene drove with Ray …

Intentions for 2021

Surveying my last year’s goals for 2020, I aimed for balance, community, stillness, and getting lost. Balance meant putting exhausting work into a more manageable context; community hoped for dating, more friends, and drinking less; stillness meant slowing down and looking up at what might follow LEDs; getting lost suggested …

2020 Year in Review

2020 might be a single day in late December, camping on an isolated wooden platform in a Georgia swamp: exist with just a small group of friends, cook all your own foods, brave unexpected weather, watch the rhythms of the seasons. The eight-and-half months of the Covid-19 pandemic shaped most …

South Africa

At long last, because Ray won a spring sabbatical, we made it to South Africa. Ray, Ruben, Adriene, Lee, and myself boarded planes, trains, and automobiles (with about the same amount of time spent in each) for almost three weeks away. We started the trip with three quick nights in …

12 World Trips

I may have only 12 more trips before I cross off all from my world lists. Depending on your adventurousness, twelve may sound like few or a lot. At about one trip per year, I would like foolishly to see it all before I turn 60, then stay home, revisit …