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Green Mean

I’ve pensioned off a few of my “bouncer plants” (aka weeds), and I feel bad about it. Faced with a section of dead ground as hard as cement, so compacted gardening implements twanged in terror, I adopted a rehabilitation program that requires a thick skin.  The only plant willing to root in the aforementioned barren,… Continue reading Green Mean

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Thinking in Flip Flops

I ate an orange and tasted heaven. You ate an orange and found a worm in it. Both events are true. I cannot insist only orange trees grow, and uproot every other tree. You cannot uproot every orange tree, exterminating them because that is your preference. I continue to eat oranges and remember not to… Continue reading Thinking in Flip Flops

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Future Fair Game

With alarming assurance my eldest son tells me I will cop it in the first round of a dystopian world or zombie apocalypse because I came without the elbow-in-your-face evolutionary gene required for survival. The look he exchanges with his younger brother combines exasperation and silent strategizing - they don't want me to be taken… Continue reading Future Fair Game

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Half Your Bananas Please

There is much of the bonobo in me. Like any self-respecting, socialized primate, I cannot scratch a back without throwing in an unsolicited grooming session. Techniques have evolved to accommodate the pitiful absence of fleas and parasites: any change in surface texture results in a focused, nails in exfoliation or extraction. Recipient responses vary, from… Continue reading Half Your Bananas Please