Sunday, October 28, 2007

Fall Weather Arrives

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch

Here is a link to a video of the last lecture of Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon. It can also be found in segments on youtube. The "last lecture" is a tradition at Carnegie Mellon - in Randy's case it is particularly meaningful because his doctors have told him that he does not have long to live.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


Thanks for sharing your October walk. I stole your image and cropped it. I hope that this is not a criminal offense.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Conor's Birthday

Happy Birthday Conor. You are in our hearts today and always.

Monday, October 22, 2007

What's That Sound ?

What's that sound ? That would be applause in a barn in princeton intended for a certain elvis costello fan who was not present. They loved the website M.C.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Keeping Your Feet on the Ground

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.


Roasting Plum Tomatoes

this time of year
i love to cook.
maybe it's the chilly
weather. yesterday i
roasted plum tomatoes.
slicing them in half,
drizzling them with
olive oil and then
sprinkling them with
coarse salt and pepper
and roasting them for a long, long, long time. they
become these highly concentrated, intense little
tomatoes and all you need with them for an
incredible meal is some italian bread, cheese and
red wine. yum.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A Great Teacher

"I met your Mom Gert, at Heartland, while visiting with my Mom,
Muriel. Over the months, we had frequent visits, and as I got to
know Gert, my respect and admiration for her quickly grew.
I learned so much by her example about what real love is, how
infinite patience can be, the strength of true commitment and
how to deal with loss. This quiet, gentle lady showed the
courage of a warrior and the heart of a saint. She always found
the beauty and joy around her and remained open to the
enjoyment of life, even on more difficult days. All of this
under one of life's most difficult of circumstances.

Gert has my ultimate respect and affection and will always
remain one of the few great teachers in my life. She will
always hold a place in my heart. "

I am posting this to remind you.


"Nothing says Buddhism like raising a child." ... this post shamelessly pilfered from Jeffrey Zeldman's Blog. I will email him tomorrow and thank him.

First day of preschool

It’s our daughter’s first day of preschool. I’m excited and nervous, as if I were the one beginning an education. And in a way, I am. For, even more than the first time we let someone else hold her, even more than the first time we let someone else watch her, her first day of school is the true beginning of our sending her out into the world and away from us. Nothing says Buddhism like raising a child. To cherish what has already changed as you look upon it. To hold most tightly what you must most let go.

The Replacement

My old cell phone slowly fell apart, the hinge broke...then the screen stopped working...and then the battery stopped holding a charge. So i went to replace it and looked at all the other new phones and the phone that looked most similar to my old phone was a "free" phone- so i said "by all means...i want the free phone" ...sadly, looks can be deceiving now i have a new phone - a fancy phone with BIG numbers. yippppee

Monday, October 08, 2007

Not in the Bank

I always sort of forget that i get a royalty check now and then in the mail. The checks are not very big and i never count on the fact that another one will arrive. I am always more than a little surprised when i find the check in the mail,, that book is still out there, leading it's own little life even with all the obstacles it must have to overcome having a 1980's birthday. I was going to put the check in the bank and then i thought i would get a new cell phone be continued.