If you train every day, by the time you reach the end of your life, you'll be able to look back and say, "I trained." That's really all there is to it.Kisshomaru Ueshiba, as quoted by Diane Skoss I've been interested in budo, the Japanese martial arts, for most of my life. To be fair, … Continue reading Some thoughts about budo.
Confession time: I was a teenaged Rush fan. I got into them in the late '80s, just before Presto came out, so I had just enough time to get well and truly indoctrinated into the Cult of Syrinx before seeing them in Greenville, SC, on the very first date of the Presto tour. I've seen … Continue reading Oh, I wish that I could live it all again….
Most days, the idea of making political statements is intensely uncomfortable for me. In all likelihood, this comes from a childhood spent trying to be a social chameleon out of self-defense. After all, the nail that sticks up gets hammered down, right? So, I've been relatively quiet, most days. It's common knowledge that I self-identify … Continue reading Some brief thoughts on same-sex marriage.
My daughter is an amazing little creature, as anyone who knows her (and isn't a complete bozo) will tell you: bright, sassy, creative, funny, sweet, and blessed with impeccable taste. This means, among other things, that she's a fan of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who. This fact makes me inexpressibly proud. Of course, whereas … Continue reading How we turned a bedroom door into a TARDIS.
Well, hello. It's an odd thing to be starting a new blog now, here at the tail end of 2012. I suppose some of that oddness is attributable to a kind of historical inertia. I first started using computers to communicate with other people in the 1980s, back in the days before everyone carried the Internets … Continue reading A sort of homecoming.