Aging is an Absurd Experience — Bertram’s Blog

I’ve reached the absurd — and confusing — age where I sometimes peer over my eyeglasses, sometimes wear reading glasses, sometimes wear bifocals, sometimes don’t wear any glasses, and sometimes wear two pairs. What the heck is that about? I’ve been wearing eyeglasses since the fourth grade, and for most of my life, I put […]

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A SPARK OF HEAVENLY FIRE Embodies the Essence of Christmas — Bertram’s Blog

Washington Irving wrote: “There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” As I read these words several years ago, I could see her, a drab woman, defeated by […]

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Did the Macaw Survive? — Bertram’s Blog

Someone wrote to me yesterday and said that Bob, The Right Hand of God was a cool book, but he felt bad about Rosemary and the scarlet macaw. Especially the macaw. There really is no other interpretation of Rosemary’s fate than the one presented in the book, but I thought the macaw had a different […]

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Thirty Days Hath . . . — Bertram’s Blog

Thirty days hath September, April, June and . . . you guessed it. November! Since this is the thirtieth, tomorrow starts a new month, and that means a new tarot deck for me. I had a hard time deciding which to use of the dozens I own. Some of the traditional decks passed down from […]

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Conundrums — Bertram’s Blog

I’m reading a thriller where several people are hunting for some sort of Jewish treasure that Columbus apparently took with him on his final voyage in an effort to protect the articles from the inquisition. The premise of the story is based on the theory that Columbus was a Jew who converted to Christianity as […]

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A Winning Situation — Bertram’s Blog

Lots of activity today! I’d ordered some hydrangea bush/trees from The Arbor Day Foundation (well, actually, I donated a token amount of money, and the hydrangeas came along as a gift), but hadn’t received them, so I thought they forgot me. But the hydrangeas came today, which surprised me. I mean, a couple of days […]

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Feted! — Bertram’s Blog

As if a feast wasn’t enough celebration yesterday, my host and hostess also feted me. They set up a chair and a table, asked me to be seated, and said that they had a ceremony to perform. I shook my head, not wanting any part of it (he tends to be a bit of a […]

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Fusion — Bertram’s Blog

A special benefit of holidays, particularly in times such as these, is that people make an effort to reach out, even if only by phone or text. Because of this, even if I hadn’t made plans to go to friends for dinner, I would have been far from lonely. Not that I would have been […]

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So Much Gratitude! — Bertram’s Blog

I spent the morning cooking, which is something I rarely do anymore. I mostly do quick meals suitable for a single person, so I truly enjoyed the experience. What did I make? Cranberry compote and chili. Odd combination, right? They both begin with “C” so that’s something they have in common! Other than that, not […]

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Watching Workers Work — Bertram’s Blog

I’ve spent a nice lazy day watching men be anything but lazy. My contractor has a new employee, one who is old enough and knowledgeable enough and conscientious enough to work by himself, so he’s been coming to lay decorative rock and dig pathways to fill with crushed rock called “breeze.” Why is it called […]

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