My wife and I recently visited Venice for the first time. We had done a lot of reading about it, and we had seen a few travel shows about it, but I don’t think anything can prepare you for the wonder of seeing it for the first time. You know it’s surrounded by water, the … Continue reading Venice


My wife and I just returned from a two week trip to Italy. The photograph above is from the interior of the Pantheon. The opening is the oculus in the dome, and is the only source of light other than any candles that might be lit. The oculus looks small, but it is actually about … Continue reading Italy

The beach

I grew up in Kentucky and didn’t get to the ocean very often. Occasional trips to visit extended family in Florida, and a couple of trips to the Georgia coast, but otherwise it wasn’t a significant part of life for me as a kid. Maybe that’s why I have always loved it. My parents tell … Continue reading The beach


I just re-read “Bartleby” by Herman Melville, and I’ve been trying to figure out the underlying meaning of the story. I read the book in college, and I don’t remember it making a distinct impression on me, possibly because I didn’t have much office experience at the time. Now though, I’m struck by Bartleby’s behavior, … Continue reading Bartleby