Category Archives: Just sayin’

Odds and ends and naughty and flighty and off the cuff and otherwise uncategorized

Abolish Geology?

California is the birthplace of much that is odd. Hurrah!! But recently, the State Legislature abolished the California State Board for Geologists and Geophysicists and tacked the rump onto the State Board for Professional Engineers and Licensed Surveyors.

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Fine Linens

In 1994-1995 Julie and I lived in London. It was newish to her; oldish to me since I had lived there between 1953 and 1969. I had accepted the invitation to be an Academic Visitor at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London.  No … Continue reading

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goblin juices

A friend called me about two weeks ago, giddy with the excitement of a crazy new romance. She was excitedly flushed with urgent juices. She is a creative, literate woman; and in her bright-eyed joy was reading poetry again, and loving Christina Rossetti’s 1859 … Continue reading

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dirth of werds

Julie and I enjoy Scrabble. Except for when the game jams into a corner and one of us has all  consonants and the other all  vowels. Then we  improvise on the rules, partner in our competition. Today we had a … Continue reading

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Gulf Ebullition

The oil is not leaking from the ruptured Macondo blow-out;  neither is oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Leaking or spilling are such prissy little words for the horrible reality of 35,000 to 60,000 barrels … Continue reading

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Don’t Overthink

I have some mantras that I use in many personal and professional situations. You are welcome to use them too. I have added a new one: Don’t overthink. I added it because I tend to overthink, over-analyze, over-engineer, over-reason, over-whatever … Continue reading

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Last Carrot

I once loved a girl who loved a horse. Pasha, an Arabian, had travelled from California to Alberta to Hawaii with Cheri. She and Pasha were an item before me, during two husbands and sundry other men. Cheri and Pasha … Continue reading

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Schoolgirl Sirens

I was a teacher for short, busy bits of my life in Hawaii; a sort of Have Chalk, Will Travel mercenary. I taught English, Math, and Science as a contract/substitute teacher for all sizes of students: K thru Seniors – … Continue reading

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Pencil Sharpener?

I am working for a few days at a high tech firm populated by lots of engineers and scientists. Folk are so high tech so that low tech is likely banished. Or so it seems. I have spent an inordinate … Continue reading

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Hurrahs! for Abby

Sixteeen year old Abby Sunderland did not quite make it around the world in her sail boat because she lost much of her mast in a storm-swelled seas in the long, wide bit of the Indian Ocean. Many think it … Continue reading

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