The Quarterly Look

So everyday life happens, getting in the way of writing, thinking, reflection….all of those areas where one needs a bit of quiet time or isolation to properly explore.  I find the grind of work, home duties, sleep and all other daily minutia take over each day like a well fertilized kudzu.  Clearly, I need more hours in a ‘day’.

This year I’ve challenged myself to read more.  Not news snippets on the internet, but books, those solid, box-like things which are made of wood pulp.  So far in 2014, I’ve finished several, none of which require deep thinking, but those which provoke my thinking about various viewpoints I have.  These are mostly books by people who are prominent in today’s media or entertainment businesses.  Authors of books I’ve completed looks like this:  Colin Cowherd (ESPN Radio host and high-thinker), Willie Nelson (an American original poet and philosopher), Bob Dylan (also an American original poet and philosopher), Bob Rotella (golf psychologist), Joe Scarborough (Republican television host on MSNBC whose “Morning Joe” show is vital to my morning routine) and one of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers (to improve my value to my team for numerous upcoming trivia night contests).  I have to say all of this reading has helped me think more clearly and be a bit more deliberate in my daily life.

So, today in St. Louis, we’re experiencing a touch of Key West weather.  Temps to reach 92 with humidity levels of 80% and a dew point over 70.  Walking outside is like stepping into a classic steam room except the pollen in the air makes it tougher to breathe.

My son is targeting University of Chicago to pursue a Philosophy degree following his senior year of high school.  Plans are to take that forward and possibly get a law degree.  We’ll see, his ever-changing thought process is unusual and entertaining to watch.

My oldest daughter is preparing to start her student teaching in August at a very good school district in StL.  She will graduate college in December.   My youngest daughter, the competitive dancer, is still unsure of her college plans, so University of Missouri looks to be in her future.  She may/may not go into Nutrition/Dietetics, who knows, she just doesn’t seem to be too concerned at this point as she goes into her senior year of high school.  *sigh*


My wife and I are planning a California trip which will take us from San Francisco to San Diego in a two-week stint.  I’ll provide details in my next post in September!





Snow and Football

Our meteorologists seem to have gotten this one correct.  They called for up to a foot of snow for the St. Louis area today.  So far, we’ve got about 8 inches and it’s supposed to keep going until early evening.  Ugggh!  No doughnut run this morning!  I like it, just don’t like being stranded in the house.

So, my two football predictions came true yesterday!  I told followers I liked the Chiefs and Eagles and then provided golden information that teams I pick almost always lose.  If you would have listened to me and called your bookie, you would have been counting your cash this morning.  Both games looked promising for my ‘likes’ and then turned tragically downward with last-minute disappointments.  So, you were tipped off, my Vegas recommendation would have paid off for you!  Hope you listened and acted on that ‘insider’ info!

Today, we’ve got Cincinnati at home hosting San Diego.  I like the Bengals defense and the cold home field.  Take Cincy.  For the late afternoon game in frigid Green Bay when they meet San Francisco, where wind chills are supposed to reach -30.  I say the better run game and better defense wins.  That tells me to lean to San Fran.   My ‘likes’ for today:  Cincy & San Fran.  What does that tell you about San Diego and Green Bay?  Hmmm?

I’ve begun reading Chronicles by Bob Dylan.  Just opened it so I can’t tell you how good it is yet.  More to come.

Going to clear off a path for the dogs to go outside, they don’t like hopping around in the snow to find a place to squat!!