Tuesday, 4/6/21

Loneliness is more than just a state. It’s an affliction, proven to cause or exacerbate a wide range of physical maladies, from obesity and heart disease to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Long-lasting loneliness can absolutely kill; as a risk factor for mortality, emotional isolation is statistically on par with smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it even more dangerous than obesity. …Read

Saturday, 4/3/21

“Welcome to the five star resort,” said Oregon coach Robert Johnson.” …”“This is an experience, and they’ll remember this one for the rest of their lives,” Johnson said. “But wait until we have the real Hayward, when those people are here and you can’t hear yourself talking to the person right next to you because they’re going crazy and they’re celebrating. That’s the Hayward Field I remember, and that’s the Hayward Field that I want them to experience.” …More.

Friday, 4/2/21

Track & field today! Live! Hayward Field!

Cooper Teare, racing his first 1500 tonight, doing an 800 time trial last June, here. …You never know who you might see at South Eugene. Or on the Amazon Trail across the street. Or on Pre’s Trail.

Thursday, 4/1/21

The Six-Person Family Chasing the Triple Crown

The Invisible Asylum

Books and Bach

Books read, thoroughly enjoyed, in recent months.

The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great by Steven Pressfield
The Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
Shane Comes Home by Rinker Buck
A Free Life by Ha Jin
Waiting by Ha Jin
A Good Fall by Ha Jin
Under the Red Flag by Ha Jin
The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin
War Trash by Ha Jin
A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
The Color of Lightening by Paulette Jiles
Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford
In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
The City of Fallen Angels by John Berendt
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Batavia’s Graveyard by Mike Dash
Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andres Resendez
The Spy And The Traitor by Ben Macintyre
Beyond Winning: The Timeless Wisdom of Great Philosopher Coaches by Gary Walton

Bach on the lautenwerck. And other Bach bouquets.

The 50 Greatest Composers of All Time. Bach is No. 1. Got that right. But Handel is not even on the list!

Don’s top ten:

1. Bach
2. Handel
3. Beethoven
4. Mozart
5. Vivaldi
6. Tchaikovsky
7. Chopin
8. Satie
9. Haydn
10. The Gregorian chant gang

Thursday, 3/25/21

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life …I’m now reading the book

Sunday, 3/21/21

Montaigne’s Humanity

Recommended: How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An Answer

Saturday, 3/20/21

Dick Hoyt, who pushed his son, Rick Hoyt, through nearly every Boston Marathon from 1980 to 2014, six Ironman triathlons and more than a thousand road races, died on Wednesday. He was 80 years old. …More

Friday, 3/19/21

Laugh here

Wednesday, 3/17/21

Zoom Escaper …Ever “attended” a Zoom wedding? A Zoom medical appointment? And Zoom schooling? Don’t me started. I’ll shut up for the rest of the day.