December 2016

Dreams, Cats, and Failure - "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Last night I watched “Inside Llewyn Davis.” It is a 2013 movie directed by Ethan and Joel Coen.

Don’t watch it if you like a clear plot and an understandable ending that portrays how the character has grown and matured!

The movie portrays a week in the life of a folk singer in Greenwich Village (NYC) in 1961. The story is loosely based on the autobiography of an actual folk singer of that era and locale – that book is “Mayor of MacDougal Street” by Dave Van Ronk.

Babies - A column from December 2001

A friend – you are an amazing friend, Mary Kay – clipped and saved columns that she liked, back when I wrote them for the Racine Journal Times. She casually mentioned to me the other day, “I have been noticing babies lately…” I was startled at how familiar the line seemed to me; then I remembered I wrote it! Mary Kay has, I think, 11 grandkids. I have 1 and I am going to see her this week. I guess babies are on both our minds.

This was written in 2001, a few months after the debacle that was 9/11.
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I have been noticing babies lately.

She's Here!

Tuesday morning, at two blinks past midnight, my daughter and her husband brought their brand new baby girl into the world. Well, my daughter did the birthing part but Pete stuck to her side and helped her through, and now their wee babe is here.

Grace Emilie arrived two weeks early. She weighs just shy of six pounds and has tawny blond hair that looks as if she was hatched instead of birthed. She has blue eyes and skin like warm rose petals.