Author Archives: John Bell

Vernal Equinox 2022 C.E.

Today is the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere – that date when the length of the daylight and nighttime are most nearly equal. (I would call this ‘the folk understanding’. If I wanted to get geekier, I could give … Continue reading

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The Gift and The Box

I kinda got into a pissing match with my brother over on FB. I regret that tremendously. Our issue, at least from my perspective, is that the what I wanted to say got all entangled in the how I said … Continue reading

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More Modeling and the “motte and bailey” of Four-Letter Words (sfw – mostly)

Izzat love what I feel when you’re in my armsMake me die before I’d do you harmWhen you’re lost I will lead you homeIf you’re cold, you know I’ll keep you warm Am I wrong? Or izzat love when I … Continue reading

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On achieving rokkyu aikidoka

Friends try killing me.We bow and smile. New gold gleams –Mount Fuji beckons. Edited to Add – My very good friend and fellow martial artist Eric Raymond pointed out a syllabic mistake I had made in my first line, and … Continue reading

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Cleaning up some stuff

Today I published an essay that I’ve had hanging around for a while. Would appreciate any feedback, especially from subject matter experts in the field (either pros or people who’ve “been there, done that”).

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Wolfenoot

I saw this memory today on Facebook, reposted by a good friend: And the Spirit of the Wolf howled in my psychic ears, crying “Tell Shadow’s story!“ Here it is. I am cooking some cured pork shoulder for my dinner … Continue reading

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Not “Someday”, Today

And maybe someday we’ll figure all this out Try to put an end to all our doubt Try to find a way to make things better now that Maybe someday we’ll live our lives out loud We’ll be better off … Continue reading

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Oops!

I believe I inadvertently managed to give myself an endogenous drug overdose. 😛 Don’t worry, I’m gonna be OK.

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September 11th

My youngest brother, a retired firefighter and paramedic, is currently the president of the Western Reserve Fire Museum. Today, on the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, they held a short ceremony to commemorate and remember … Continue reading

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“Foolish Hearts” and Good Falls

(Note: I’m cheating here a little bit. I had ~~80% of this post written in my head and a few notes on a scrap of paper by about mid-day on the 2nd of September. But I didn’t post it then, … Continue reading

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