Paper Chase

Dear Mortgage Broker: please know that you’ve gotten all from us that you possibly can. I think there’s an old statement savings book from 1974 that I still haven’t sent you, and there’s always our birth and marriage certificates. But the well is dry, Honey. We really haven’t got any more information to send you. We … More Paper Chase

Never Mind Stella, I Want *MY* Groove Back

I recently stepped into the home of a man who owns an incredibly impressive audio system sitting front and center in his living room. He had the largest set of speakers I have ever seen outside of a commercial establishment. Overkill? Perhaps, but they were a thing of beauty, encased in custom-made teak cabinets which in turn matched the modern Scandinavian decor of his … More Never Mind Stella, I Want *MY* Groove Back

What? Me Worry?

Let’s talk serendipity, shall we? I am amazed at the moment at how some obstacles are smoothed out simply by doing nothing. It’s the ultimate reward for procrastinators or those caught in what we in polite society refer to as “circumstances.” Naturally, it doesn’t happen very often. But when it does, I see it as a strike against all those authority … More What? Me Worry?

Cacti, Baseball, And One Very Cool Apollonia: A Visit to Arizona

I traveled to Arizona last week to spend a few days with my oldest sister. I haven’t seen her since the death of her husband last summer, and so it was time to check in on her in person to see how she’s doing. We keep in touch regularly, but it really is important to actually make an effort to be … More Cacti, Baseball, And One Very Cool Apollonia: A Visit to Arizona

Tax Refunds and Stress Tests: An Early Retirement Milestone

Right in the middle of making popcorn one evening last week the phone rang. A perfect example of snack interruptus. As I continue to mend from a recent surgery, snacks are pretty much the only excitement I have at the moment. The call was from our accountant and her timing couldn’t have been worse. The new season of “Humans” was just about to start, and I … More Tax Refunds and Stress Tests: An Early Retirement Milestone

The Catch 22

I am recovering now from my recent hernia surgery, and I keep thinking how funny it might be to channel my late mother for this blog post. Mom loved to milk every single medical malady from which she ever suffered. Cousins of mine to this day continue to experience PTSD symptoms from having sat next to her at holiday meals. To her, no … More The Catch 22

Disorder In The House

Disorder in the house There’s a flaw in the system And the fly in the ointment’s gonna bring the whole thing down The floodgates are open We’ve let the demons loose The big guns have spoken And we’ve fallen for the ruse (Warren Zevon) Thinking…. thinking hard. Okay, okay, hear me out with this: I’ve … More Disorder In The House