06-19-2021 Sat OCC

Happy First National Juneteenth! *cheer (for the end of slavery)* Also, I got my first visit in 1.25 years this past Thursday. NDCS finally removed “all” covid restriction on visits a week an a half ago so my parents tried to come visit last week. When...

06-13-2021 Sun OCC

Today I listened to an episode of On Being with an interview of a Dr. Christakis who has done research into social influences. For instance, he studied the widower effect, how a spouse is more likely to die soon after the other passing. He also did research that...

04-27-2021 Tue OCC

Think of those scenes from a samurai movie or anime where he is practicing his sword forms in an orchard and the cherry blossoms are swirling around him on the breeze. Yesterday morning, as the sun was rising but the shadows were still long, I was practicing taiji...

04-18-2021 Sun OCC

Spring has arrived. I know because my allergies tell me so. *chuckle* There are two trees on the yard (yes, OCC actually has trees on the yard) which are in full bloom. One is clusters of small white flowers and has been blooming for almost 2 weeks. The other has...

03-14-2021 Sun OCC

A while ago on NPR I heard this quotation: As long as there is a lower class, I am in it. While there is a criminal element, I am of it. While there is a soul in prison, I am not free. – Eugene V. Debs That is the kind of activist spirit I intend to have for the...

01-10-2021 Mon OCC

Lots of updates. I finished the iHelp program last November. WOOHOO! I received the official discharge paperwork earlier this month and now I’m just waiting on my parole board review in March. If things go as I hope, I will get a 2 year “final” in...