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The meaning and value of work.

Work is how we make a living. For many, we spend more time with our coworkers, than with our spouse. I do. Work gets us our living, our benefits, if we are lucky, some savings, security, and the ability to pay for what we need to pay for. Work has psychological costs, and psychological rewards. If we are very lucky, work gives…


Added by Daniel W on December 4, 2014 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Damn Windows 8.x Spawn of Satan! Damn! Damn!

I am forced to use Windows, my program at work will only work with the damn vile awkward heinous Windows product.  When my old computer quit working - because I dropped it - the new ones only came with Windows 8.0.  I tolerated this downgrade because had no choice - stupid program, awkward, less user friendly, takes more clicks and more actions to do the  same stuff.  Over the past year or so, it asks me if I want 8.1 and I always say no.  Stop asking me, dammit!  Leave me…


Added by Daniel W on October 26, 2014 at 10:30am — 26 Comments

Scruffy, Gnarly, Sometimes Grouchy, Loyal, Beautiful, Beloved Old Dogs

Huffington Post  This Mesmerizing Photo Series Captures The Regal Beauty Of Aging Dogs

source, for more old dog photos


My own best friend, and his best friend.  …


Added by Daniel W on October 25, 2014 at 12:41pm — 6 Comments

Back from vacation. For an atheist, I spent a lot of time in churches.

Today I returned from a 2 week vacation.  It was much needed.  Almost cancelled - Been quite ill and didn't feel great when I left.  But, I thought what I needed most was rest, de-stress, and minimal pressure, and this being a cruise vacation, that's what I got.  Today, tired from the flight, but otherwise feeling SO much better!


Our cruise started in Venice, then went to Athens, Ephesus, Istanbul, Naples / Pompeii, Florence Marseilles, and ended in Barcelona.  I was so worn…


Added by Daniel W on October 10, 2014 at 4:50pm — 12 Comments

Islamic Mauritania ♥'s Modern Slavery

This via The Friendly Atheist Blog, with links as added.  A big aspect of the story is one courageous Muslim man -  Biram Dah Abeid -   who is fighting Islamic - supported slavery in Mauritania.


"Slavery in Mauritania Is Alive and Well, Thanks In No Small Part to Islamic…


Added by Daniel W on September 18, 2014 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

"How is your lover?"

Ive been sick at home with pneumonia. My mind is going all sorts of strange places, including conversations I've never known what to do with.

It just popped into my mind. A few years back 5? 7? I was on the phone with my aunt. She was my dad's brother's wife. My family was highly puritanical - no mention of anything sexual, in any context, ever. No cursing, no smoking, no drinking, but especially, what seemed to be absolute sexual innocence.

I had planned a visit to… Continue

Added by Daniel W on September 12, 2014 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

Another try at the skeptics' meetup

Some time back, I was an enthusiastic member of the local skeptics' meetup.  It was a chaotic, free form get together where people talked about, just about anything.  People got to know each other, discussed their experiences, and I felt a sense of community.

About a year ago, the meetup changed.  There was movement toward a more…


Added by Daniel W on February 2, 2014 at 10:30am — 21 Comments

Paying Respects to the Dead

This weekend I visited my  parent's graves.  It's been a bit over 2 years.  I still think of them often.


I have no illusions about them looking down on me, or up at me, or whatever. Still, I wanted to visit the cemetery in person. That took a bit of a trip - fly from Portland to St. Louis, then…


Added by Daniel W on November 17, 2013 at 10:20pm — 12 Comments

Travel Blog. Changchun China.

Entering via ipad over unstable connection. So brief, and typos.

Assumed China still censored / prevented access to Nexus. But it does not prevent access here.

The flight is long for me. I fatigue easily. But enjoying this trip.

Staying with in-laws. What sweet welcoming people.

Beijing air is acrid smoky thick. At least, wS yesterday.

Changchun is old big industrial city in Northeast. As different from, say, Hongkong as Detroit or… Continue

Added by Daniel W on October 14, 2013 at 5:30am — 29 Comments

Random Thoughts as Life and Events Unfold.

This week was challenging.  I'm glad it's over.  Nothing worth big drama, just a lot.

My adjuvant treatment, for gastric sarcoma, leaves me fatigued.  I function well at work, in the morning.  On hard days, I start to crash-land late morning.  On moderate days, I crash-land mid afternoon.  I can keep going until the end of the schedule.  But it leaves a lot of "homework" and it takes a day to recover.

Three years ago, a "team" of managers harassed me into…


Added by Daniel W on August 31, 2013 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

At the county fair.

Two scenes at the County fair, here in SW Washington State. It was kind of interesting.

If I had any fire left in me, I might have approached the folks at this booth and caused some mischief. I did not have any fire in me and it would not have accomplished anything.

Since the booth, pictured…


Added by Daniel W on August 4, 2013 at 9:12pm — 19 Comments

When I am an old man

When I am an old man...

I will be surprised I made it that far.  If I do. 

It's not that far away.

There's a good chance, I won't.

I will consider it funny to have aches and pains. 

I already do.

I will not whine about being old. 

Or apologize for aging. 

I will consider it honorable and amazing.

I will laugh at myself for being funny looking, and bald, and having ears that stick…


Added by Daniel W on June 21, 2013 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

New Cancer Diagnosis

Rare type of gastric (stomach) cancer.   Health plan is slow about scheduling  the biopsy - will not know what to expect until then.  Surgery for certain.  Maybe chemotherapy.  80% chance for malignancy based on size - CT scan and endoscopy.  Size / shape is like an Idaho russet potato.

Somewhere I read, there can be denial, grief, bargaining, anger.  I feel none of that.  Just, it is what it is.  It's a notable moment, I guess.  But not like when I saw my parents' decline as…


Added by Daniel W on March 11, 2013 at 11:05pm — 19 Comments

My atheist meetup group - not going so well. So it goes.

For the past 2 or 3 years - forget how long - I've been going to a monthly atheist meetup group in my town.  Mostly it's been great.  I would spend the entire month looking forward to it, and when I could not go, it felt like withdrawal.  Some of the locations were a 45 min drive, and even that didn't stop me.

Mostly we have been in a few local restaurants.  It changed recently because the meeting place went under.  Now at a pizza place, which is fine.  I don't know how many…


Added by Daniel W on January 25, 2013 at 9:55pm — 11 Comments

So you got married! Big f***ing deal!

Not having many friends in the world, and almost no living biological family, the few I have mean a lot.  Last week someone, who I love very much, my day to day coworker, told me she got married in Vegas over the weekend.  She's a sweet. loving, wonderful person, sincere, caring, and almost relentlessly cheerful.  Having her around makes my life so much better.  I love her as much as any family member.


It was interesting.  I knew she was dating, but she dates around a lot.…


Added by Daniel W on November 3, 2012 at 10:12am — 6 Comments

Girl on Alligator

Added by Daniel W on February 11, 2012 at 9:21pm — 8 Comments

Harbingers of Spring

I just took this photo 5 minutes ago. Every year I wait for this cherry tree, in my back yard, to bloom. Once it does, I know that there really will be Spring. I don't care about easter, lent, vernal equinox, or whatever the Mayans came up with. It's this tree that tells me life goes on.

Well, that… Continue

Added by Daniel W on April 15, 2011 at 8:10pm — 5 Comments

Waiting for my Mother's death

Yesterday I was called by the nursing home where my mother has been cared for during the past 3 years.  She has profound Alzheimer's disease.  She has not spoken a meaningful word for 2 years, as far as I can tell.  I live 2000 miles away.  For many years, I tried to move my parents here, where I have plenty of room in my house.  I could have given close, attentive care.  They didn't want to move.  My father died last year.


My mother's name is Maxine.  She was born in a…


Added by Daniel W on March 27, 2011 at 10:26am — 8 Comments

Marcia has a chest pain. John tells her to pray


Added by Daniel W on November 6, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Goodby to all that. Hello Goodwill.

Last week I drove by an estate sale sign, and had to stop and check for bargains. My god, that lady collected a lot of stuff. I asked the people at the sale, was this one estate or multiple. They assured me it all belonged to one widow who may have lived in that house for 45 years. Stuff was packed into banana boxes, piled up and packed solid into rooms in the basement, then the garage, then the spare bedroom.

I bought a couple of glass pie plates. The one thing I can…


Added by Daniel W on September 27, 2010 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

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