Month: May 2020

If you’d like to get an argument going, put the very few people who have tried to play every court tennis court in the world into the same room and set them to matching their achievements. We all have our own ways of counting and these are invariably the ones most favorable to ourselves. As […]

Today is the 75th day of lockdown. I have been keeping track in the journal I write every day. The District of Columbia, where I live, will gently reopen tomorrow, which makes me wonder how I will end the daily count. Is a gentle reopening the measure or is there a starker divide between locked […]

Now that we have ascended the Zoom learning curve and perhaps found the result disappointing, let’s skip the obvious first question and move to the second. “What’s next” definitely comes after “when is next” because, at this point, we’d accept pretty much anything other than shelter in place. I’d love to answer the “when” question […]

Throughout the month, the snow had been iffy, but that was about to change. The forecast was for 50 inches of powder in Squaw Valley, an 18-podcast drive from Sun Valley that required an overnight stay. Winnemucca, Nevada is not likely to appear in glossy ski magazines. It shouldn’t. It’s not a ski place. It’s […]

In addition to his skills at serializing novels, Charles Dickens is well known for ghostly visitations. Ebenezer Scrooge didn’t invite Jacob Marley or the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future to come and visit him, but the results were salutary. Charles, here is your first ever visitation invitation for a lesson on serializing stories. […]

This is the fourth episode of Skihad BCE. The first is here; the second is here; the third is here and another related story, written well before our lives took a sharp turn into lockdown, is here. Skihad is now two weeks short of the March 15, 2020 divider between CE (Coronavirus Era) and BCE (Before the Coronavirus Era). […]

This is the third episode of Skihad BCE. The first is here; the second is here and another related story, written well before our lives took a sharp turn into lockdown, is here. It looks like there are about three more. My divider between CE (Coronavirus Era) and BCE (Before the Coronavirus Era) is March 15, 2020, […]

This is the second episode of Skihad BCE. The first is here. To remind, the CE / BCE system we use today can be adapted to Coronavirus Era and Before the Coronavirus Era without even changing the initials. In my case, CE began on March 15, 2020, about a month after the events in today’s […]

Three weeks ago, when I wrote a story about the “3Ps” – pandemic, prosperity, politics (or the “3Es” – epidemic, economy, election), it drew little notice even by blogger standards. Since then, concerns about the conflicts inherent in simultaneous efforts to stop an epidemic, revive an economy and elect a president (to say nothing of […]