Mother’s Day, 2023

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mom-like figures out there, but especially to my mom. We will be celebrating as we usually do on this day, by going out for Mexican for lunch. ‡ Here’s what I’ve been up to this week. Reading: Two-thirds of the way through BEYOND THE HALLOWED SKY, by…

Busy Doing Nothing

I’m back. We spent the back half of April in and around Santa Rosa Beach, down in the panhandle of Florida, doing our best to abide by the mantra of busy doing nothing. Most days were spent at the beach, reading and dozing, cavorting in the surf, and watching the sunset. We had so much…

Warm Nights, Chill Vibes

Programming note: after this week’s edition, josh bales [dot] net will be out of office for the remainder of April, returning on May 7. My aim is to be off-screen as much as possible during our retreat to the Florida panhandle, but there will no doubt be some posting on Instagram. So if you want…

Time Traveling with a Wright Bro

A few years back, Jess sent me an announcement from the Wright Memorial Library in Dayton. The library was putting together an “art and literary zine” to commemorate their 80th anniversary, and they were seeking contributors. They wanted pieces that focused on place (libraries, Dayton, etc.) or the passage of time, either looking backward or…

Haiku and China Buffets

Let’s mix things up a bit this week, and allow me to demonstrate my magnificent versatility as a writer. Here is a haiku. One inspired by true events. leave the cabarethappy drunks ambling, seekingthe China Buffet Yes, I know haiku aren’t supposed to rhyme. No, I don’t care. When we know the rules, we are allowed…

Post-The-Rona

The weather here in Columbus, Ohio is currently engulfed in a civil war. One side is fighting for all things sunny and flirty and beautiful; the other is hell-bent on thunderstorms and gloom, which has a beauty all its own. Which side will win? It doesn’t matter. Our household is slowly coming down from our…

J’en Suis Certain

Took three years, but the rona finally caught us. While we don’t feel great, we could be much worse off. I am supremely grateful if we had to get covid, we got it now, three years into the pandemic, and not a couple of years ago, before vaccines and antivirals were widely available. Regular service…

Forty-One

The 11th of March marked the terminus of my 41st revolution around the Sun, and the beginning of my 42nd. That’s an extremely cool and in no way dorky way of saying I turned 41 yesterday. I started the day off with a very large cinnamon roll for breakfast — made even better because it…

In German, San Diego Means

I flew home from San Diego this past Tuesday. It was a smooth and easy travel day, especially in comparison to my outbound trip the week before, which was full of things like bad weather! canceled flights! unscheduled stops in Phoenix for fuel! dropped pretzel bites from Auntie Anne’s! In the end, the important thing…

Out of Office

I am in San Diego visiting friends, so there is no update this week. JBdN will return next week. That said, I don’t want to deprive you of your weekly dose of Kirby content, so:

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