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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Little Self Indulgence, Please

My birthday is coming up in a matter of days. I will be all of 45 years of age come next saturday. What does that mean? I've no idea. I've also no idea how one should celebrate a midlife milestone in the midst of a mental landscape that sees a great deal of challenge --- a landscape of vast deserts and rocky plains --- but very little in the way of celebratory oases. So: what to do? A quiet dinner? A cocktail party? A living wake? A bottle of '61 Lafite and a straw? I really have no idea.

Suggestions welcome. Let me know what this marker on the lifeline continuum deserves.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

And another Thing....

Yes, the Queen is in Dublin, the first reigning British monarch in 100 years to visit the Republic. And yes, there's all sorts of crazy to be found in the papers today. But after much deep thought, I truly feel that exploding watermelons has to win some sort of prize.

Don't Like

And with one word, a new low is reached in social networking (and wrongheaded baby naming) history:
Facebook inspires Israeli couple to name baby 'Like'