An Old Colleague

Old in a couple of regards. One, we have known each other a very long time, over 20 years. Old also in terms of plain old age. He’s 70+. We met each other today while we were walking. I was walking Hunter. He was just walking. Incidentally, Hunter’s 9th birthday is on the 14th, 2 […]

Staring Out The Kitchen Window

The beautiful trees have lost their leaves as I stare out the kitchen window. The morning dew streaks down the car windshield as I look out the kitchen window. The last rose of autumn blooms as I stare out the kitchen window. The dark-eyed juncos twitter as I stare out the kitchen window. So much […]

Lowest Point In Higher Education

There’s an article in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education (September 27, 2019) about an English professor who has decided to come clean with her students. She tells them about her lowest point in grad school when she almost gave up and quit. This inspired me. Some would refer to me as a hard-core academic; others […]

A Common Problem: Mental Health and Diabetes

Just last week my numbers regarding diabetes went over the top. I’ve been on mental health meds for a couple (maybe a few) years. Steadily, I have gained weight. It has been next to impossible to curb my appetite and keep down the calories and simple carbohydrates. Most people don’t look at me and see […]

Why Do I Write A Blog?

I think it is worth it every now-and-then to stop and reflect upon why I write this thing. A great number of us do it for profit. I can appreciate that, although I think it would be really difficult to do this as a living, let alone make enough to consider it worthwhile. Others have […]

Indian Chieftain Limited — Part 2

Well, last Friday came-and-went. Someone won the raffle and the motorcycle but it wasn’t me, not that I expected really to be the winner. There were thousands of entries. What were my chances to win? Next to zero! But someone had to win. Right? Why not me? Ah. This is the reason those of us […]

Gender And Suicide

Bullying, disbelief from others, no resources, no access to sympathetic medical care, personal confusion and shame. These are a few of the reasons that cause some people with gender dysphoria / gender identity issues to consider suicide. These are a few of the reasons that some die from suicide. Even though we as a society […]

She, He, They

In the past the practice of wearing the clothing of the opposite sex, especially among men, was referred to as transvestism. By the general, and frequently crass, straight community such persons were called “queers” or “fags” or any other number of derogatory words. There are even books written about such individuals. For example, Transgender History […]

Suicide

A young woman (girl, 16 or 17 years old) attempted to take her own life — again. She had tried before, when she was 15. I don’t know her well enough to be able to say she was influenced by this-and-that that led her to choose death by suicide. I just know she is a […]

Uh, Oh! We Shoulda Paid Attention!

Two weeks ago we were on the road helping some friends move to Iowa. The first night we spent in Spokane. The next morning we headed out for Bozeman, Montana. That’s a 400 mile day, about as far as we can go in a day with comfort. Just past Deer Lodge, Montana, we noticed that […]