* In case we are tempted to lament the demise of society, and particularly professional athletes, this from Charles Leerhsen in Ty Cobb: A Perfect Beauty: "Baseball's American League was founded in 1901 because Ban Johnson, a straight-laced sportscaster, saw the need for a brand of baseball that was safe for family consumption, a game that did not include fist fights and bottle throwing, where the hurlers were pitchers, not ashen-faced alcoholics vomiting up last night's bee
Western culture admires problem solvers. We like to fix, change and improve. We seek resolution to the personal challenges and suffering that we face. But what if we don't deserve resolution? Maybe we don't. Maybe we deserve something better. Maybe we deserve a mind that's content with pain and ambiguity, with paradox and mystery. Feelings of boredom, loss, shame, anger, and anxiety carry with them a perceived need for resolution. Instead of attempting a fix, what if our resp
My mother loved cats, and we always had cats growing up. For a short time, we had 16, but that's another story. Suffice it to say, I don't recommend more than 2 at a time. I have scores of cat stories, and I've thought about writing a collection of cat short-stories. But I'm not sure how many people would admit to being interested in book of cat short-stories. Cat lovers seem to be like Trump supporters. They're mostly under the radar, perhaps embarrassed, but unwavering. In
While planning my future recently, I was researching "mobile homes" in the Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp library's 1996 Encyclopedia Americana. To my delight, I discovered that I could own a 1344 square foot double-wide for less than $20,000. Alas, the east Texas billboard appears to be true which proclaims "DARE TO DREAM: DOUBLEWIDE." Realistically, while outright ownership might be a stretch, a $20,000 double-wide should rent for $200 per month, well within my budget (unfo
I don't spend much time in the TV room here at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp. I've written about that before here and nothing has really changed. I still don't have a chair, and I don't want one, as it's a rarity that anything is shown on any of the room's 7 TV's that interests me. However, I do watch TV every morning before work, as most of the seats are vacant. From where I sit, there are 3 TV's in front of me providing completely different perspectives on the world. The a
Even as a flatlander from the Mississippi and Brazos river deltas, I've been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a few mountaintop experiences in the Rockies of New Mexico and Colorado, the Appalachians of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and at the pinnacle of a volcano in Hawaii. I clearly remember what it was like to stand on top of each of these mountains, and none of them was remotely like being at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp.