Former president Barack Obama’s list of 2019 reading favorites is all over the internet right now. I won’t bother linking. It’s easy to find.

Our current president also did some reading. Here’s his list:

  1. Be Scared or Be Prepared: How to Watch TV When It’s Not Windy Outside.

It is a frightful satire and an epigram on the modern age that the only use it knows for solitude is to make it a punishment, a jail sentence.

∽ Soren Kierkegaard

I was thinking today about my dear friends Brent and Toby who live way out in Eugene, OR. In their honor I decided to take this along on my evening walk. They know why.

Maceo sums it up: “We like to do 2% jazz and 98% fuuunnnkyyy stuuuufff!”

Live from Cologne, Germany. Kenwood Dennard, Fred Wesley, Larry Goldings. Good Lord! And Rodney Jones bringing that Motown Morse code. Hah!

BTW, if you’d like to quickly lose some weight, put this on. After about 10 minutes…

…your ass will fall off.


Photo by Gary Bending.

There are thousands of birds in the tree stand across from my house this morning. The sound they make together is like water flowing in a brook. Above them a small flock of geese circles, looking for a place to … the rest “Aviators”

Mr. Will Leathem has many friends and I am privileged to be one of them. A nice gathering of fine people tonight at the Parkville, Missouri American Legion for Pot Luck and caroling.

Summing up.

Thanks to many incredibly kind and generous people our little fundraiser has been a success, We doubled our original goal!

The rowing part was harder than I thought it would be because I’m older than I want to believe, but I was highly motivated by wonderful people.

I haven’t often had to worry about whether I was going to have food to eat. Many children in the world worry about it every minute of every day. Some of them are right here in front of us.

If children don’t eat, they don’t grow and they don’t learn. They don’t have choices.

Choosing to do something as silly as a rowing marathon is a privilege reserved for those of us who are not hungry.

You kind people are making sure that children have choices. Never lose your generous spirits!

I love you.

~Dan J.


I have a table lamp with a valence in the Tiffany style. The colored glass pieces are lit by a pair of warm yellow bulbs. The lamp sits in the window of my front room.

I try to remember to … the rest “Invitation”

Concept 2 Holiday Challenge Day 22 (Final)

I made it. 2x5000m this afternoon to complete 200,000m between Thanksgiving and midnight Christmas Eve. Donors supporting my effort raised almost $1500 for No Kid Hungry.

Thank you everyone for the generosity and the encouragement!

It’s a satisfying feeling.

The year was rolling down, and a vital curve had been reached, the tilt that gives way to headlong rush. And when the monarch butterflies had passed and were gone, the skies were vacant, the air poised. The dark night into which the year was plunging was not a sleep but an awakening, a new and necessary austerity, the sparer climate for which I longed. The shed trees were brittle and still, the creek light and cold, and my spirit holding its breath.

∽ Annie Dillard

Concept 2 Holiday Challenge – Day 21

3x5000m. Hard enough. Got marginally faster on each one. Log is here.

Last 10K tomorrow.

I was thinking of trying to stream it but it’s just me here so maybe I’ll try to video the last few minutes and post it afterward. Facinating footage no doubt. 🙂


Concept 2 Holiday Challenge – Day 20

3x5000m today. 1 in the morning. 2 this evening.

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless for assistance tonight. Good for long hauls.

Loveless allbum cover.

That leaves 25,000m to go. 3 more tomorrow and finish with 2 on Sunday?

Concept 2 Holiday Challenge – Day 18

2x5000m. 40,000 meters remain to make 200K.

I was really trying to go sub 2:00/500m on the second one but only got close. I think this was my best combined performance for 10K though. Went 2:00.1 and 2:00.5 so I’ll take it.

The donation tally does not reflect some donations made by check so we are actually only $204.00 away from DOUBLING the original goal of $750.00. I think I will probably finish 200K meters on Sunday. That’s four days to get just a few more donations! $200.00 will feed a LOT of kids through this program. Let’s get it done!

Concept 2 Holiday Challenge – Day 16

Ok. 2x5000m done for the day. My walk outside today was a real slog through snow so my legs felt a little flat tonight. But! Only 60,000 meters to go! Tomorrow I hope to be 75% of the way to 200K.
Listening to Charles Tolliver Big Band.