Charlie – Another Short One

Vacation really does cut into this whole routine thing. Anyway, here’s a shot of a lizard I’ve christened Charlie. We discovered him at a local reptile zoo. Angus didn’t want to take him home. Not sure why. I think he’d make a fantastic pet! -Phillip

Ouroboros
F-14 Tomcat

Highway to the Uncomfortable Zone

The first couple of hours checking into our hotel last night were consumed with soothing a frantic Angus. First it was the elevator. He wanted nothing to do with its tightly enclosed space and its automatic doors sealing him up like a trapped insect. We managed to console him enough to get from the first floor to the second. Then …

Busy Being Busy

It’s hard to find anything to say about life without immersing yourself in the world, but it’s also just about impossible to figure out what it might be, or how best to say it, without getting the hell out of it again. – Kreider, Tim (2012, June 30). The ‘Busy’ Trap. The New York Times. Last night, I spent thirty minutes trying …

Squirt Guns
Castle Chimes

We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

“I got your six. Go ahead.” The Old Man is a good partner, but taking point requires chutzpah. Someone whose only fear is timidity. Someone that others on the task force might call a live wire. When it comes to fighting ghosts, I’m courage personified. This time, the portal is inconspicuous enough — a palm-sized, medieval castle made of plastic …

No!

I have only a few reasons to keep on running, and a truckload of them to quit. All I can do is keep those few reasons nicely polished. – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running If I can learn anything from my son (and there appears to be no end of learning from him), it’s the …

Crushed Tomatoes

We’re under attack. After a swim yesterday, we noticed some odd orange clumps on the stakes around our tomato plants. Upon closer inspection, the clumps were moving… Being amateur farmers, we haven’t seen it all — all including aphids — so we had no idea what these were and had to Google them. It may be the summer heat that’s …

The Prodigal Writer

I’m back! Maybe less like a phoenix rising from the ashes and more like Pete “Bleary-Eyed” McPartypants on a post-Cuervo Saturday morning. I won’t be off to a rip-roaring start as I rekindle my online presence, but I intend to get back in the game and show some hustle. Over the next few posts, I plan to address some likely …

2016 Check-In

Happy Beginning of 2016. A quiet urge nudged me to come back and provide a State of the Phillip address. So here I am. It’s a new year, which of course means it’s time for the requisite resolutions that we rarely keep. So why do we rarely keep them? I see two obvious problems: It’s generally known that people don’t follow through past the first month …

Weekly Recap – November 13th, 2015

Halloween has left us, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Christmas is way too close for comfort. Oh, then there’s that whole New Year thing. It’s going to be a busy couple of months, but I plan on taking time to reflect on what this blog was, and is becoming. I started it just over four years ago as an …

Weekly Recap – November 6th, 2015

My apologies for the blurry photo, but selfies while holding a squirming one-year-old should be an Olympic event. This past week has been bittersweet. We had a fun time over Halloween. Angus got to be in costume for the first time — he was a cute little Bart Simpson, though keeping his hair spiked up was a losing battle. All-in-all, …