TODAY’S END MARKS the close of another month in a year which seems glacial at times, but also rapid because we’re more than halfway through it.

I want to take a few minutes to say thank you to each of you who return to read this blog.


SOME YEARS AGO, I was asked to help a kid tell his story.

I met him and his mom.

We talked for a while on a wooden bench in a breezeway by the front door of his school.

It didn’t take long for me to realize he was wise beyond his years.

Wisdom served him well, because he had to adjust to adolescence and deal with something far from most adolescent minds.


I’D WAITED MORE than 72 hours, and finally I couldn’t wait anymore.

I called yesterday, but voicemail answered.

It was full so I hung up and called again.

They answered and gave me the important information I’d waited for since last Sunday.

My second nasal swab test for COVID-19 was negative.

I’m 2-for-2, and I hope there are no more tests.

This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is, “information.”


Tonight, when I went outside to cut my fingernails, they were everywhere.

The frogs made sounds.

The bugs made plenty.

The owls cranked up their calls.

Even the clippers made noise.

It was like everything had its place in the symphony of the night.