Author Archives: Pat Greene

Relativism

I need to stop reading Facebook. It’s bad for my blood pressure. It’s not my friends but sadly some of their friends which cause me such heartburn. Usually these days it’s about wearing masks. Some of my friends have friends … Continue reading

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My life.

I have not written for quite a while. Something drowns my thoughts, these days. I grieve our nation — the pandemic of COVID-19, the epidemic of Blacks dying at the hands of the police. The refusal of the Administration to … Continue reading

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Such a work of God is man.

I went to the orthopedist the morning, where they took x-rays. I went to the dentist this afternoon, where they took more (and panoramic) x-rays. I looked at the pictures and was struck again how beautiful x-rays are. The beautiful … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter.

I will not be writing here about the current protests*, other than possibly the photo-op at St. John’s, and that only because I have identified as Episcopalian. (Short version: by forcing peaceful protesters — and clergy — off of a … Continue reading

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Quarantine food.

In the last few weeks, in addition to more regular fare (i.e. things we normally make), I have had: Homemade sourdough English muffins Homemade sourdough bread bowls for soup Crepes: savory buckwheat and white bananas foster sweet crepes Homemade white … Continue reading

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My song.

Most of us have songs that creep around the borders of our psyche. Usually, they are songs associated with an event, or a person, or a place. I have a bunch of them, ranging from life events (“I Miss the … Continue reading

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Staying alive.

Once again, on Friday I did not go to Costco, even though the Rocket Scientist did. I am stuck in this damned house for a long time yet. Even after things “reopen” around here, given my co-morbidities, I need to … Continue reading

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Coping

Things are beginning to open up in a lot of the country. Not in my neck of the woods — or at least not by much. I’m okay with this, because I think opening up will cause a spike in … Continue reading

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Vincent

During quarantine, I have started an “Art of the Day” project on my Facebook. I think people enjoy it, and it makes me happy. I find myself spending a lot of time trawling through museum websites to get art. My … Continue reading

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PSA.

Every parent who whines about their kids being out of school, who posts cutesy videos on YouTube about how hard it is to get by without a lot of wine…. Better damn well be working for better pay for teachers … Continue reading

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Empathy.

One of my brothers lives in one of the reddest of red states. He works in an “essential industry” (not healthcare) so he has no option to stay at home. If he stays at home he loses his job (and … Continue reading

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Double Features

So, when this all started I was going to write an hour a day. Clearly, this has not happened. But I have not spent all my time binging on Tiger King, which seems to be all the rage. The large … Continue reading

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Madame is in house.

(Many years ago, when this blog was on Blogger rather than WordPress, I had a similar post talking about the history of my nom de trivia. I seem to be repeating myself a lot lately. Sorry. Most of you haven’t … Continue reading

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Good Friday Prayers.

Today is Good Friday, one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar, the day when, according to Christian theology, Christ was crucified. For the first time in years I opened up the Book of Common Prayer and looked at … Continue reading

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Friends.

One side effect of this quarantine is how much more I see of my friends on Facebook. Not that I am spending more time on Facebook (if anything a bit less) but they are spending more. (Probably due to to … Continue reading

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Identities

You may notice a slight change in my profile. My good friend from college, Jane*, has been insisting for a while now that I remove the word “former” in front of “lawyer.” “You think like a lawyer,” she said. “You … Continue reading

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This is war… sort of.

In the first World War people bought war bonds and planted gardens. (Some of those bond drives — especially in Philadelphia — themselves proved fatal to civilians who got the H1N1 flu there.) In World War II, people went without … Continue reading

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Communication.

This is one of my favorite paintings, the portrait of George Harley Drummond by Sir Henry Raeburn. It’s not a significant painting. I’m sure if you drew up a list of the top hundred paintings in the world, it wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Good things.

The sky is blue — the color of the statice in Fourth of July flower arrangements. It’s 65F outside, the perfect temperature. I have homemade empanadas for lunch. I have Fevertree Ginger Beer in the garage. I have a functioning … Continue reading

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John Scalzi has ideas about how people treat books, because, well of course he does. Looking at his (actually Anne Fadiman’s) grid, I have been all of them from Lawful Good (uses leather or other proper bookmarks) to Chaotic Evil … Continue reading

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