News from the Back Porch
Birthdays, Cast Iron, Loneliness
We celebrated three birthdays in our household this week. My children (twins) were born on my wife’s birthday. What a miracle! It is a very nice day for us all. The celebration was nearly perfect (in my mind), a little music in the morning (thank you, Brahms and Mozart), presents, a fine meal, family together, and the most beautiful early fall weather you could imagine.
I need to attend to my grill. I have a simple Weber grill, like many people, but I purchased special cast-iron grates to replace the stainless steel one the grill comes with. I like the cast iron, the wonderful heat it retains, and the strong sear it offers. However, cast iron needs some maintenance, which I have recently neglected. Cleaning these up will be a chore, but lately, I have longed for more chores just like this. A little elbow grease, a modest amount of skill and knowledge (most acquired from Google), and time.
I saw an advertisement today that featured a young woman. She was whirled from one amazing scene to another, with fantastical stunts, amazing and eclectic characters, and breath-taking scenery. Near the end, the camera settled into reality and showed that the woman was experiencing all of this through her laptop. She was, in fact, alone, albeit in a very nicely decorated apartment. I found it extremely sad. You can’t clean your cast iron grill grate online.
The Best Things I Read This Week
Why Atheists Need Faith, Michael Guillen
The Music of Trees: Improvisation, Iteration, and the Science of Immortality, Maria Popova
Searching for Plato With My 7-Year-Old, Thomas Chatterton Williams
Mathematician Answers Chess Problem About Attacking Queens, Leila Sloman
[Great paper examining COVID natural immunity from infections vs. vaccines]
'Post-Vax COVID' Is a New Disease, Katherine J. Wu