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Pizza & Plant

14 October 2021 at 18:00
By: Jay
Let me share two quick stories with you, both about remembering, in their own way. First, the other night I made a frozen pizza. Tombstone pizza, to be exact. And I remembered my grandma Gertie making the two of us Tombstone pizza before my basketball practices, carefully counting each piece of pepperoni to make sure... Continue Reading β†’

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For Every Falling Sun, There’s a Morning After

13 October 2021 at 13:13
By: Jay
My last post talked about some of the difficult things over the last few weeks. This time I’d like to talk about some of the good things that happened. My friends have been fantastic.Β  Sam made me a friendship bracelet, and gave me an awesome Pringles Funko Pop when I got back from Pennsylvania, as... Continue Reading β†’

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Teaser Tuesday: The Iron Raven

12 October 2021 at 13:10
By: Jay
It’s been seven months since I did a Teaser Tuesday. I think I’d like to get back into doing them again. Browsing the Bibliothek The last Teaser Tuesday I did was for Ruthless Gods; since then I’ve read: Dante Alighieri: The Divine Comedy (14th read-through) Garth Ennis: Preacher (Books 2 & 3) Kazuo Ishiguro: The... Continue Reading β†’

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I’m Okay (Trust Me)

11 October 2021 at 11:10
By: Jay
I wrote a little over a month ago about visiting my father in Pennsylvania. Since then, so much has happened . . . I suppose I’ll start with the little things and then build up. Foreshadowing. Back in early September, while I was visiting my folks in PA, my phone started to show signs that... Continue Reading β†’

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Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

22 September 2021 at 07:23
By: Jay
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to This past week I made a visit to Pennsylvania. I’ve written before that my father is in ill health; the truth is time is limited. I was able to visit at the same time as my oldest brother, Charlie, and I’m glad I... Continue Reading β†’

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National Ampersand Day 2021

8 September 2021 at 19:03
By: Jay
Today is National Ampersand Day.Β  September is also Suicide Prevention Month. & the two are quite meaningful to me; recall I wrote about why I now have an ampersand tattoo. β€œYes, & . . .?” you might be thinking, utilizing a phrase commonly used in improv – which you may have learned, as I did,... Continue Reading β†’

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V is for . . .

11 August 2021 at 19:00
By: Jay
No, not Vendetta V is for . . . Van Gogh Even folks who aren’t fans of Doctor Who know this scene: Well, this summer the Immersive van Gogh exhibit came to Charlotte. Krystal and I took a weekend and went out of town. We had dinner at the Melting Pot and just enjoyed some... Continue Reading β†’

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Saturday Coffee

17 July 2021 at 11:43
By: Jay
Hey there. I hope you’re doing okay. It’s been an interesting few weeks. The last thing I posted was around July 4, and to be honest I didn’t know how it would go over. Surprisingly – to me at least – it went over better than expected. Maybe those who would be most offended missed... Continue Reading β†’

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The Other Thing We Aren’t Supposed to Talk About at Dinner

4 July 2021 at 09:12
By: Jay
They say that, in polite conversation, one shouldn’t talk about religion or politics. Over the past few years, I’ve talked about politics. Whatever made me think a July Fourth Sunday was a good day to talk about religion? I’ve tried writing something like this before, and stopped. I know there are folks who read my... Continue Reading β†’

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Personal Pan Psychology

27 June 2021 at 12:00
By: Jay
When I was in grade school, my parents would let me pick a place to go out to supper for my birthday. Most times I picked Pizza Hut. This was the 90s, which means one thing: personal pan pizzas and Coke Pepsi in the red cups. It also happened that, more often than not, we... Continue Reading β†’

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Those Who Can’t Farm, Farm Celery

14 June 2021 at 15:38
By: Jay
Last month my institution’s marketing team put together a congratulatory video for our graduates. In my best Dwight Schrute impression, I said It is your graduation. Whoever put the video together really went above and beyond, because this is how I appeared: It was amazing to see!

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Put Your Records On

6 June 2021 at 06:22
By: Jay
But this didn’t feel like magic. It felt a lot older than that. It felt like music. Terry Pratchett, Soul Music Every other week or so Krystal and I hit up the local thrift shops and antique malls looking for cosplay materials and anything else that might catch our eye. I always look through the... Continue Reading β†’

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On the Road Again

5 June 2021 at 07:15
By: Jay
Hello, all you beautiful people, you.Β  Things have been continuing apace here in my little corner of the world. So many times I’ve opened a blog post, stared at the blank page, and then closed it. So much for wanting to write more.Β  But like running, I suppose the only way to do it is... Continue Reading β†’

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Hey There

2 June 2021 at 19:28
By: Jay
Just checking in to see how everyone’s doing.

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In Living Color

16 May 2021 at 08:40
By: Jay
The day finally arrived. This past Friday, a box arrived: And in this box, a pair of glasses: But these are no ordinary glasses; they’re EnChroma glasses to aid those who unable to perceive color correctly. You might remember I tried my brother’s pair last August; well, now I have my own pair. I was... Continue Reading β†’

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Saturday Morning Coffee: Eight Years, Really?

24 April 2021 at 09:11
By: Jay
So, WordPress tells me I’ve had this blog for eight years. So much has happened in those eight years – you can see the ebb and flow of my thoughts as I move through my late twenties and early thirties. I’ve written about books and poetry and movies and food and cats and history and... Continue Reading β†’

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Drive-Thru T-Shirt

12 April 2021 at 14:37
By: Jay
I’m becoming more comfortable wearing things that I want to. Yesterday I went through a drive through wearing my Pusheen β€œI love kitties” t-shirt. β€œYou like kitties, man?” the drive-thru attendant asked. β€œOh yeah,” I said, β€œCats are the best.” β€œMe too, man; especially if they’ve got blue eyes . . . I’ll be giving... Continue Reading β†’

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Brief Thoughts on the Supreme Court

11 April 2021 at 10:34
By: Jay
So there’s been some talk today of expanding the Supreme Court. Let me make my position perfectly plain: the Supreme Court should be expanded. Now, before the claims of β€œcourt packing” start coming in, please remember that there is a difference between court packing and court expansion.Β  Court expansion is rooted in both law and... Continue Reading β†’

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Teaser Tuesday: Ruthless Gods

16 March 2021 at 06:00
By: Jay
The Wheel of Time has turned β€˜round again to another Teaser Tuesday. This week we take a look at Emily Duncan’s Ruthless Gods, the second book of the Something Dark and Holy trilogy. Browsing the Bibliothek It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these I’ve nearly forgotten how I structure them. And since... Continue Reading β†’

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