Family & Personal

Miscellaneous Nails and Screws

23 March, 2022 Ken Everyday LifeFamily & PersonalWoodworking & Other Projects

It’s been a few days since my Father-in-law passed away, and for the first time, I was allowed to go into his basement “inner sanctum”. It’s the magical place from whence came all sorts of built things over the years, including some hand-me-down tools and such. And of course, there were oh-so-many clock parts. He […]


Father Gary

7 January, 2022 Ken ChroniclesFamily & Personal

I almost forgot about him, but not in my heart. Whenever I look at the tiny framed artwork of the Madonna in silver that he gave me, I think of him. Father Gary Kibler was one of my teachers in high school, but much more than that. I was an assistant of sorts in that […]


Back in the Saddle?

14 June, 2021 Ken ChroniclesFamily & Personal

Apart from a few small forays, I haven’t done any serious biking for almost 35 years. Merry has had trouble with her feet lately but discovered she could ride without trouble. A further discovery that her bike was too small prompted purchase of a bike that fits properly. That was a hint that perhaps mine […]


The Next Generation

1 February, 2021 Ken Family & PersonalReligion & Spirituality

Some of our best conversations throuhgout the years have been in the car. Just before seeing my daughter’s new apartment, we talked about her exploration of various spiritual traditions, not just philosophically, but in practice. I told her I had two things to say to that: first, that there are many pitfalls along such paths; […]


The Final Month

15 December, 2020 Ken ChroniclesEveryday LifeFamily & PersonalPolitics, Economy, Science

Turned the last month-page of my “Cats in Space, with Food” wall calendar. I am definitely yelling “Jumanji!” at the end of December 31st. Apart from the stress of new plots of sedition almost every day since the election, and millions of people who flat-out lost their minds over everything from wearing masks and protest […]


A Very Long Year

20 September, 2020 Ken Business & WorkEditorial & DiscussionEveryday LifeFamily & PersonalPolitics, Economy, ScienceWoodworking & Other Projects

Dinner with friends on the back deck Friday — Mer and I, cousin George, Jeff and Mike. It was a soothing evening with perfect weather between some seriously hot days recently and suddenly cold ones. Topped it off with just Jeff and us two with an episode of “Lower Decks”. That’s the way I’d like […]


Staying Home; A Place Gone

10 April, 2020 Ken Business & WorkEveryday LifeFamily & Personal

We’ve sequestered ourselves for the most part for several weeks now. I’m used to working from home, and it’s kinda neat not having anywhere to be for long periods. Merry loves staying at home, and with the right equipment on the way, will be able to do some of her job from here. I’ve been […]


Another December

28 December, 2019 Ken Business & WorkEveryday LifeFamily & Personal

Around the anniversary of my Father’s death last year, I saw him in a dream again. Not sure if it was a message, but one interpretation is that he is moving on, and we may catch up down the road later on. Another lifetime perhaps. Images of Dunkirk prompted me to finally visit the ancestral […]


The ‘C’ Word

24 November, 2019 Ken Family & Personal

As a treat to myself on the occasion turning 50, I (more recently) had my first colonoscopy. I was more worried about the prep than anything, but it was much smoother than I expected. I won’t dread another, at least not much. I drank clear, cherry-flavored, magnesium citrate, which was like a really salty liquid […]


Settled in …

1 September, 2019 Ken Family & Personal

My Dad appeared for a moment, his face overlaid onto a character in the dream. It was like he was trying to get on the channel. Then in a half-awake state he asked me to do lunch. I had a regular lunch appointment already on the calendar, but afterward I sat on the deck and […]


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