Category Archives: Personal Interest

The Big Secret

I recently came across an inspiring essay by one of my heroes, Harlan Ellison, an insightful commentary on the 2004 movie The Butterfly Effect. Coïncidentally–or not, as may become clearer a bit farther along–he cited Louis Pasteur, using the same … Continue reading

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The Charade

Surprised that I was not going out to a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, a colleague told me last week that I was wrong not to do so. “Live every day as if it’s the last one,” he said. … Continue reading

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If I Could See Through Your Eyes

Something amazing happened today. I stumbled upon an unanswered question I first puzzled over a long time ago. Oddly enough, I remember vividly the first time I explained it to my best friend. I think we had just started High … Continue reading

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The Power Of Giving

I don’t often go downtown on the way to work these days, but I had an errand to do this morning. On my way to catch the bus, I passed a young man sleeping at the entrance to the pedestrian … Continue reading

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Tiny Peaches

Port wasn’t the only treat from this weekend. We got some very tiny peaches from a friend’s garden. They were about the size of a walnut, and I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I ended up making a … Continue reading

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Tasting Memories

This weekend I had a chance to taste a wonderful 1982 ruby port. The first sip was an explosion of rich cherries followed by a long, smooth and complex finish. As we talked at the table, it was several minutes … Continue reading

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Market Day

Yesterday morning I had an appointment in town and had the opportunity to walk through the pedestrian district afterwards on the way to work. Wednesday is market day, and it had been a while since I’d had the chance to … Continue reading

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An Aspiring Writer’s Thanksgiving

For some reason Americans are often surprised to learn that Thanksgiving isn’t observed in Switzerland. I’m always amazed by that, since I wasn’t taught in school that the Pilgrims also sailed to Switzerland, established a colony and celebrated their first … Continue reading

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Can Remembering Be Programmed?

Something peculiar happened today; I forgot to put clean socks in my gym bag again. While that may not seem odd in and of itself, what I found peculiar was rather my reaction upon discovering this. As I unpacked my … Continue reading

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New World For Ancient Eyes

The Free Music Archive and WFMU are holding a remix contest to demonstrate the potential of open digital libraries, inviting users to remix the Public Domain. While I don’t have a great deal of free time, this idea has great … Continue reading

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