FOREBODING: a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.

FOREBODING

“There’s just something spooky about that place.” How many times have you said that or thought it?   It’s a common expression of anticipatory fear, stimulated by a setting, a smell, a sound, or a memory.   It tells you deep, down inside that there is something almost evil at play, and the hairs on you neck […]

LOSS: not to win (duh)

loss

If you were among those of us who watched the Master’s Tournament on Sunday, you may understand the sadness I felt when 22-year-old Jordan  Spieth blew it on the 12th hole, falling from first place to a tie for fourth.   He had led the tourney from the beginning and was 5 strokes in the lead.  […]

WAR: my lengthy commentary on a controversial subject by Jed Waverly

It seems like a no-brainer to me today as I think about it carefully.  In fact, it makes me feel like a real idiot that I haven’t been clearer about it in the past.   But today I am taking a break from my work and just thinking.    I read both newspapers in the morning and […]

CERTAINTY: without a doubt

certainty

There is little in life about which one can be absolutely certain.  Except, maybe, that one day each of us will die.   In spite of cryogenics (the freezing of the body in expectation that it will be restored to life) I don’t know of any sane person who believes that (she) will avoid death. But […]

MADDING: acting in a frenzied manner

madding crowd

Some people like crowds.  Some don’t. Some people receive energy by being in a crowded place.  Others get claustrophobia. Crowds can be vehicles of great celebration.   Crowds can be militant and vicious.   Obviously, when in the 18th century,  he wrote the poem, Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard,  Thomas Hardy portrayed the crowd […]

GRIEVE [greev]: to feel sorrow

grieve

It seems that the fact of death has become more and more common in my life lately.  Do you suppose that it has anything to do with the fact that I am now an “older American?”    But the issue of death is not reserved to older people.   There have also been numerous instances of deaths […]