Author: Ben East
This is a knife. This is the dumbest knife in the kitchen. This knife is so dumb it does not even know it is a knife. I suspect this knife thinks it is a spoon, which is about how sharp this knife is. Sharp as a spoon. I would like to thank the even dumber … Continue reading Knife fight
mixture is not confusion
This is Mixture. Mixture is delicious. Mixture is not the same as Confusion, which does not always include peanuts, raisins, cornflakes, and other ingredients prepared as below. To make Mixture, fry three red chilis with two dozen curry leaves until they darken, and when they cool, grind them up! To this powder add sugar (2 … Continue reading mixture is not confusion
watch out for puddles
I walk slow and careful through the dark rainy morning to keep my socks dry. The traffic splashes past the bus stop on the soaked street. Not all the kids have an umbrella. I stand under my umbrella, keeping dry, except my backpack. I dread wet feet all day. The yellow bus with the flashing … Continue reading watch out for puddles
A universe of content
My glorious moment today came from the Longform podcast. Aaron Lammer interviews New Yorker writer Sam Anderson, who puts into concrete form the struggle I’m up against. I’m grappling with a super-sized project involving tens of thousands of document pages and dozens of hours of interviews and interview transcripts. This, an entire universe of content, … Continue reading A universe of content
Why wear hoods? Why cover your face? Why be ashamed of what you do? Masked individuals are nobody. Masked individuals are Limp. Masking is anti-democracy. Vote with intent. Vote with integrity. Vote your choice today. Vote. ##
What is mine to do?
God Holds You offers a chronicle of hope. As we entered the Pandemic Wilderness in March 2020, progressive Lutheran pastor Sarah Scherschligt began publishing daily reflections about adapting to the new constraints. Written with her congregation in mind, these real-time posts transcend the self and her faith community to form a relatable narrative that is both … Continue reading What is mine to do?
diwali in virginia
our home's a work in progress our family is complete our hearts are missing old friends our wish is that we'll meet! happy Diwali, one and all. ##
i am the family tech genius. The qualifying event is typing this reflection on this new phone. since this is not a product placement initiative, I'll refrain from mentioning the brand of my new device. My initial reaction is that I do not love it. my new minder may have an efficient processor and a … Continue reading Tech genius
Baseball and going home
listening to post season baseball tonight. the stadium crowd sounds like it always did: an ocean wash, sea reaches shore, saltwater rushes on sand and retreats back again. it's one of the great memories of youth: Pop listening to the Mets in our dark living room. shea crowd alive. the game is breathing, Pop is … Continue reading Baseball and going home