Why I’m Thankful for Caller ID

Leaf I’m not avoid­ing my moth­er, but I get tense when I see her on my caller ID late­ly. We tend to stay in touch by email more than by phone, and if she calls it usu­al­ly means that there’s some­thing that can’t wait on email. We’ve lost five mem­bers of our extend­ed fam­i­ly since […]

R.I.P. Uncle J

Uncle J was buried yes­ter­day. He hung on for weeks, and they’d final­ly moved him to home hos­pice care just a few days before he passed. At least he was­n’t in pain at the end, and the fam­i­ly did get to say what­ev­er they need­ed to say. Mom is tak­ing this real­ly hard. She says it’s […]

R.I.P. “Dad” Ward

A friend of my fam­i­ly’s, Claude “Dad” Ward, who worked with my father for many years, died this week. He was a good man, and he’ll be missed. He was­n’t my father, but every­body who knew him called him “Dad.” I don’t think I even heard his giv­en name for the first ten or fifteen […]

R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke

We lost anoth­er great writer and thinker today. CNN seems to be updat­ing their sto­ry on his death by the minute. There’s no con­tro­ver­sy, but from the first ver­sion or two you’d think the only thing the man had ever done of note was co-write the screen­play for 2001: A Space Odyssey. I know that […]

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