News Blackout, Day 4, 16 left.

I’m trying to avoid the annoying, and I realize that for the moment the best thing I can do is concentrate on my home and kids, and get ready for the onslaught. Living in MA, my vote doesn’t make a whole lot of difference, so I need to figure out what I can do that will keep the next 4 years from being normalized.

In the meantime, it’s more music. I’ve been reexamining the Prelude and Fugue in F minor from Book II of JS Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. I’d recommend a performance, but I can’t find one online that I really like.

Here’s Bernie Sanders conducting the choral works (not really).


And it’s only 39 days until pitchers and catchers report.


With Your Help, I’m Going to Haiti

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It got a lot of attention in 2010 when a devastating earthquake hit the country. Since then, it has kind of fallen off of the map. In a way, that’s understandable–there is no shortage of need everywhere, we’ve had a crazy political environment, and the whims of news cycles are ephemeral.

So if you click on this picture, you can throw a little lucre in the hat, and I’ll make it there. We are already 25% on our way to the goal. goats-in-haiti




We Hope for a Better Year in spite of all signs that it’s going to suck royally.


New Year’s Rants

Oh boy. I’m putting myself on a news blackout. The New York Times is my home page, but tonight I think I’m going to have to change it to a comedy. Laughter is good. Best medicine, right? I mean, I could talk about the hell into which we are descending, but if I do that I might as well read the news.

See these results regarding laughter. It’s a good year to learn to use Google Scholar and read a scientific article from peer-reviewed journal, if you don’t already know how to do so.,22


Rick Brophy

My cousin Mick is looking for someone he served with in Vietnam. 




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