In pursuit of the banal.

          Who, exactly, knows what it is like to be normal? I’d like someone to point out to me a normal person, and allow me to pose a question or two. I’d like to know what its like to be normal, but imagining what that would be like is like trying to imagine what it would be like to be smarter than you are. Besides, I don’t think there is one single human on this planet that is normal. But still, if you’ve never had a brilliant notion just pop into your head, I don’t see how you can ever really imagine what it would be like. People asked Einstein how he came up with the idea of the time-space continuum, and he said it just occurred to him. The  kinds of things that occur to me are much more likely to be that I need to buy peanut butter or that if bats really do sleep upside-down their fur must get all ruffled and itchy, since it would be falling ‘against the grain’. Those are the things that occur to me; not relativity. So I can’t really imagine what it would be either exceptionally brainy, nor what it would be like to be normal, but my day today was a smidgeon more normal -normal for me, anyway – than any Continue reading

Whistle while you work!

          All last summer I didn’t cut a lick of firewood, and that made me happy as a lark. Or, actually, it didn’t, since I was busy with worse things than cutting firewood, but still the concept of not having to cut any was a tiny little lamp of goodness burning in my heart on low. Over the years I’ve come to see cutting firewood as a chore, involving all sorts of gear which inevitably fails only after you’ve driven umpteen miles into the wilderness, after having surmounted fourteen hundred obstacles just for the pleasure of being there in the horsefly-infested woods to then have to turn around and go home without any wood at all and figure out why the infernal chainsaw would not operate. It wasn’t the work I didn’t like, it was the gear. Chainsaws are not my friends, for the most part. To me, they’re like those officials I used to have to bribe to get basic necessities when I Continue reading