This morning I reset my Kindle to address a memory issue. I went nuclear and used the factory reset option. That erases everything on the device. I like the idea of full erase. To me, wide-open unused space is desirable, especially on a hard drive. Maybe it’s an American thing–the lure of the open range and the West. It also appeals to the minimalist in me. My sock drawer is more than half empty. I like it that way. How […]
“Signorina?” I say. My wife and I are in an airport restaurant in Venice, waiting for a friend to arrive. We have an hour or so to kill. There’s no better way to do that than by eating. I’ve ordered the pasta; my wife has the prosciutto and mozzarella. We need some bread. Well, my wife needs some bread. She shakes her head. “You really should call her signora,” she says.
Dante wrote his long poem for Beatrice Portinari (that’s Bay-ah-TREE-chay) “Rojo,” my wife says to me one morning. We’re in the car on the way to the gym. We work out in the basement of the township senior center. Treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bicycles, a couple rowing machines—there’s always a few of these not in use. There are also number of pneumatic weight machines, for maintaining a senior citizen’s various muscle groups. You sit at these machines. They’re good for gentle […]