Archive for August, 2009

For Ilene

Monday, August 31st, 2009

For the first two weeks after July 2nd, all I had were nightmares of reenactment, my conscious mind clutching desperately for a different outcome, my unconscious mind refusing to un-tense long enough for real dreams to occur. Since July 18th, I've sometimes had pleasant dreams that include Katie—and for those ...

A little morning not-quite-music

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Someone in the neighborhood has acquired a whistle. I hope the respective parents are enjoying it as much as their neighbors are. There's nothing like a lovely whistle, shrilling its morning monotone through the late August air. A few more notes to work with, and we might begin to call ...

Working through the sadness

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Well, we survived. But, going through Katie's stuff was as hard as I imagined it would be. However, it was eased by having six of Katie's wonderful friends there to help. One of the saddest moments for me was seeing Katie's bear, whom we named Big Brown. The bear was ...

First of two nights in Bedford, Mass.

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

This is my obligatory blog—my oblogatory. If I don't blog where I am, I won't remember later on. We're at the Homewood Suites at 35 Middlesex Turnpike in Billerica/Bedford, Massachusetts—behind the Naked Fish—up the hill from the Hampton Inn. Not to be confused with the Homestead Suites in Burlington, where ...

Fragments of a short life, well-lived

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Dan Concannon packed up the stuff from Katie's car and shipped it to us. It arrived about two weeks ago, but we didn't work up the fortitude to open the boxes until tonight. As expected, there was lots of clothing—most of which we will donate to UCM. Some special items, ...

Nüvi 775T Product Review—Bluetooth Problems

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Having had 3 different Nüvi devices and no Bluetooth connectivity issues with any of them, I did not imagine that it would be a problem with the Nüvi 775T. But it is. Most aspects of the 775T work flawlessly, as expected. However, pairing it with my Omnia i910 (as well as ...

Crab quiche

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

The quiche 1 lb of lump crab meat 1 bunch of green onions, chopped coarsely 1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese 8 eggs 1 cup half-and-half (I used heavy cream, instead) 1 tsp clam base (my sister uses Superior Touch Better than Bouillon Clam Base—yes, that's exactly what it's called) (I couldn't find clam base ...

$cience for $ale

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

From today's Slate's Today's Papers: The NYT fronts new court documents that shine a light on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on medical literature. Wyeth, a pharmaceutical company that sold nearly $2 billion of its hormone drugs in 2001, paid ghostwriters to produce 26 scientific papers that advocated the use ...

The sting

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

I can't catch a break... I was hiking in Huntley Meadows this morning, and I suddenly felt this stinging burning on my right hand. I instinctively jerked my hand and brushed it against my shirt. By the time I looked at it, whatever had stung me was gone. Three hours ...