Set Aside Prayer

God, please set aside everything I think I know about myself, everything I think I know about recovery, and everything I think I know about you.  Please help me to have an open mind so I may have a new experience and discover the truth.

Walker Area Men’s Retreat, September 14-16, 2018


In “The Seagull” he wrote, “After… a glass of vodka you are no longer Peter Sorin, but Peter Sorin plus somebody else,” a Jeopardy! clue on 2019-01-04 reminded me of the quote from Edward Rowland Sill, “First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.”  Chekhov must have read Sill’s, An Adage from the Orient, because he didn’t write the Seagull (1895) until after Sill died in 1887.

Will Eno

Michael C. Hall was on the 2018-11-02 episode of the Ask Me Another podcast and made the following statements.  The first I’m guessing is a line from the play Thom Pain (based on nothing) in which Hall is currently appearing, and the second is what Hall says is one of Will Eno’s favorite jokes.

  • “I’m the type of guy you may not hear from for some time; but then suddenly one day — bang  you never hear from me again.”
  • “People laugh when they said I was going to be a comedian, but they’re not laughing now.”

Ann Bonney’s Popcorn Balls


  • 2 Cups molasses
  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • ¼ Cup vinegar, plus additional seen notes
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 1 Cup raw popcorn, popped


  1. Combine molasses, sugar, water, and vinegar in a saucepan.
  2. Cook liquid ingredients to soft boil, 255F on a candy thermometer.  Fine bubbles will form, and the liquid should form a soft ball when dropped into a glass of water.
  3. Remove from heat, and add butter, stirring until it is completely incorporated.
  4. Pour mixture over popped corn and form into balls.
  5. Wrap individually with plastic wrap.


  • Do not make on inclement days
  • Use vinegar on your hands to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands when forming balls.
Source: Ann Bonney, Portland, Maine, circa 1960

Birthday Horoscope

There are no limits on your dress, and your achievements are within your reach.  Creating an environment that will consistently support you is a commitment; don’s expect it to happen overnight.  Stay compassionate.  Get a new coach or teacher to help you transition into your new life.  Scorpio and Aquarius adore you.  Your lucky numbers are: 17, 8, 9, 33 and 40.

Minnesota from the other side of the Earth

Toxic Secrets: The town that 3M built – where kids are dying of cancer


Guilt is like salt.  You put a little on, and it hides all the bitterness.

Commander Klaes Ashford, The Expanse S3:E9