Author Archives: swabby429

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.

Pondering Batteries

During the last Arctic cold wave, the outdoor sensor for the weather monitor on my desk died. After the 60-miles-an-hour winds subsided, I disconnected the sensor from the outdoor mounting bracket and brought it inside the house. After cleaning dust, … Continue reading

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My Way

There are certain days when I crave the sound of Frank Sinatra’s singing voice. It reflects an unexpected honesty that he had about himself despite his alleged dark reputation regarding some of his friends. Last night my Sinatra itch was … Continue reading

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High Vision

Several years ago my vision clinic recommended a test for low vision. I went ahead and was checked. Thankfully, I had no significant symptoms of that severe visual impairment. (The term “low vision” seems like an odd misnomer, and I … Continue reading

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Inspired By Amadeus …Floral Friday

The skillful pianist Andrei Pisarev’s rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Piano Sonata No. 11 (K. 331)” on the stereo inspired today’s offerings. This is one of my favorite pieces to play while engaged in creative pursuits. The piece has a … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day And Me–It’s Complicated

Sometimes I tick the boxes on those Internet quizzes about life. Whenever the question about marital status comes up, I usually click on the option, “It’s Complicated”. I do this for a couple of reasons. First, I realize that most … Continue reading

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About Desperation

The day before St. Valentine’s Day is informally celebrated as Desperation Day. This “holiday” is mainly reserved for people who are unpartnered and are unhappy about that situation because they desire a date for Valentine’s Day. The reason for having … Continue reading

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The Night Tommy Swanson Died (Review)

My expectations about YouTuber Jack Merridew’s third short book were spot on. The book is a macabre commentary on growing up gay in America. The Night Tommy Swanson Died is a more eloquent offering than his first book Fireworks Over … Continue reading

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