I recently read Wait ‘Til Next Year, a memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin about her life growing up as a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. An interesting part of her childhood was that her father taught her how to keep score during baseball games, so that she could listen to the day games, keep score, and then … Continue reading Keeping Score
Just checking in here. I know it’s been a while since I’ve written. There have been any number of posts I’ve thought about writing, some of which I’ve actually started, but they all just fell by the wayside. This has been a difficult year for my psyche. It’s still hard to wrap my head around … Continue reading Checking In
Many people I know would say that 2016 was the worst year ever. For me, personally, though, it was a pretty darn good year. Here are 16 things I did in 2016: And yes, like two years ago, there’s one extra thing on this list, one that I didn’t actually do. But I’m not telling you … Continue reading 16 In ’16
For 20+ years and through three kids, we’ve had a minivan in our family. I can’t remember when we got our first one, but it was probably back in the early 1990s—a Plymouth Voyager, I think. One of the old ones, with a passenger door only on the right side. We went through a few … Continue reading End Of An Era
In my last post, I promised I wouldn't tell you who to vote for. Maybe I should have.
I saw a link today to an amazing Washington Post story that I missed when it was published five years ago: two Air Force pilots who scrambled on the morning of 9/11 in an effort to intercept the fourth hijacked airliner, in what was basically going to be a suicide mission. Over the years, I’ve … Continue reading A 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
Facebook recently added some new ways to "like" your friends' posts. Now, instead of a simple like or share on a post, you can also "love" it, you can laugh at it, you can be angry or sad about it, or you can say "wow!" The problem with all if them, though, is Facebook lets … Continue reading I’d Like A Different “Like”
What are you reading? It's one of my favorite questions. Here's a list of the books I've read recently, along with my best guess at the next few. I do this every once in a while on Shoulblog: previous posts are here and here and here and here and here and here. This time, it's a … Continue reading Reading List, July 2016: My Last (And Next) Five Books
This week the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials are taking place in Omaha, Neb. Since I recently began swimming again after decades away from the pool, I've been watching with extreme interest. Every four years, it seems like the technology for broadcasting the Olympics—and even the Olympic Trials—gets better and better, and the programming folks do … Continue reading New Tricks For An Old … Grasshopper
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There have been 161 posts on Shoulblog so far. And the one that, by far, gets the most traffic over time is About That Statue, a series of pictures of the Lewis & Clark Statue on the St. Louis riverfront. The statue, named "The Captains' Return," was somewhat unique in that it was regularly inundated … Continue reading The Captains’ Return … Returns!
This picture was taken 20 years ago this week. It was back in the days of film, when you’d shoot a bunch of pictures, and then you wouldn’t know what you’d gotten until you saw the prints a few hours or a few days later. The occasion was a Coast Guard ceremony for the decommissioning … Continue reading Inspecting The Troops
Apparently, bending over and tying my shoes is worth about 25-40 steps. The act of leaning over to my left side while I'm sitting at my desk, unzipping my briefcase and pulling out a phone-charging cord and then plugging it in, is also worth about 25 steps. Rubbing my wife's shoulders while watching TV, about 30 steps per … Continue reading Fitbit