Author Archives: Mikal

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Ah, Sunday night and another chance to reconnect with my wonderful family and friends.  It has been a nice year.  I’ve really enjoyed stirring up lots more communication with everyone and it still tickles me when, for example, a Hageman replies to a note from an Ong or a Hale.  That does my soul good. [...]

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Here’s a puzzle for you.  If you fly a straight line from London Heathrow to Dallas/Fort-Worth, what’s the first state you come to?  (A) Virginia, (B) Montana, (C) Michigan, (D) Maine, (E) Massachusetts I’m back from an exhilarating, yet all too short four days in London.  It’s astounding what cultural events go on in that [...]

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I don’t know how it is for you, but just after I’ve climbed in bed and shut my eyes, my brain, free from the distractions of the waking day, seems more capable of attacking difficult problems.  That nether land between the waking and dreaming worlds is exceptionally fertile; if I can manage to stretch this [...]

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Well it’s the middle of September. Gabe started his 13th baseball season today and hasn’t yet sunk all the way to the bottom of the sea of homework they pass out at his new school.  He’s happy that he can already hit the high Bb on the baritone and play Three Blind Mice from memory [...]

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Everyone wants to hear about RyanCole.  Well, if you’re strapped in, let’s dive into the litany: regular deep muscle chemo and steroid injections, blood transfusions, insulin injections every two hours to combat the diabetes brought on by the steroids.  A titanium tube has been inserted into his chest cavity so that powerful chemical agents can [...]

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It’s actually quite mild sitting in the sun here eating my lunch, but within a scant 6-8 weeks the road I drove to get here will be impassible.  Even in August a dusting of snow is not unheard of at Crater Lake’s Rim Village, and this is in fact one of the snowiest places in [...]

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I’ve got my alarm clock set for 5:45.  Tina’s is set even earlier because she’s on the hook for another batch of Monkey Muffins.  Tomorrow’s the first day of that-which-must-not-be-named, and the that-which-must-not-be-named bus comes pretty early this year.  Gabe and I spent tonight, the last of the summer, finishing up our bedtime reading of [...]

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                Haikus are easy.                 But sometimes they don’t make sense.                 Refrigerator. It was hot again today, but there are faint signs that things are beginning to happen with the seasons.  Back in June it was still light at 8:30 around here.  Now it’s nearly dark at 8:30, demonstrating that we are once again [...]

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The kids and Tina are back home from another big trip, the Texas-South Carolina-Illinois triangle odyssey: All this summer travel is pinching the old pocketbook and making the adult half of the family look more and more forward to school starting.  Only one more trip to Oregon and another to Paris in the next six [...]

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Notes might be short this week because my favorite subjects are in Illinois visiting Grandpa Hart.  In an email from Arenzville, Tina reports finding a decapitated baby bunny at the foot of the staircase.  Whether this is some kind of sinister Godfather-esque message from Grandpa or just something the cat dragged in is unclear. With [...]

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