In this section are thoughts on whatever comes to mind, no limit on topics, written for this web site.  When I get the impulse, I’ll write thoughts and add them to what’s already here (I don’t plan on ever deleting any thoughts).  For each thought, there will be a title, length, the month and year I wrote it, a blurb on what it’s about, and a PDF of the  thought. 

To get a sense of who I am and how I see things and what's going on with me, you could read these thoughts in order beginning with "On Foucault,"  the June, 2007 thought. The thoughts are self-contained, however, and you can read them in any order.  

If the PDFs are oversize, adjust them to accommodate your reading preference.

Beginning in 2018, I'm going go put the latest thought at the top rather than at the bottom.


             • On Being Vigilant for Life’s Lessons, 4 pp., January, 2020.


               A couple of weeks ago, I decided that it would be a good idea to be vigilant, or watchful, for lessons about how to best conduct my life
             that came  to me during course of going about the activities of my day.   Read the complete thought here.

              • On “What About Bob,” 3 pp., December, 2019.


            I’ve learned to go with my impulses.  Even if they don’t make sense to me when they come up, invariably later on they do.   This was
            the case with the old movie “What About Bob?”  Read the thought here.


            • On Maren Ade, 2 pp., December, 2019.


             Maren Ade (born 1976) is a German film director and screenwriter.  Judging by the two films of hers I’ve seen the past few days,
           she is top-of-the line at both directing and writing.  Read the commentary here.

               • On Ricard Jewell, 2 pp., December, 2019.


               Richard Jewell was a security guard suspected, falsely it turned out, of setting off a bomb at the site of the 1996 Olympic Games in
              Atlanta.  At this writing, a new book has just come out about him.  Read my comments on the book here.

              • On John Simon, 2 pp., November 2019.


              I read John Simon’s obituary in The New York Times today.  Read the thought here.


              • On John Klute, 4 pp., November, 2019.


            “Klute” is a 1971 film directed by Alan J. Pakula starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.  Set in contemporary New York City, it
            tells the story of a call girl Bree Daniels (Fonda), who assists a policeman working freelance, John Klute (Sutherland), with a missing person  

            case.  Over the years, the Bree Daniels character has been analyzed in great depth and the John Klute character very little if at all.   

            Read the thought here.


              • On All We Can Do, 2 pp., November, 2019.


             “Vanya on 42nd Street” is a 1994 film directed by French director Louis Malle.  The film is a rehearsal-type performance of the classic           
             Russian play “Uncle Vonya” before a small invited audience in an abandoned theater in New York City.  The last lines of the play are spoken
             to Uncle Vanya by his niece Sonya.   Read the complete thought here.


             • On Babe Ruth’s Legs, 8 pp., November, 2019.

              Here are three pictures of the Yankee baseball star Babe Ruth. 
Would you say that he had spindly legs?  Long, thin, frail? 
Make a call: spindly, not spindly.   Read the complete thought here.

             • On How Life Ends Up, 2 pp., October, 2019.


            I spent the past week updating an article I wrote ten years ago with the intention of submitting it to an online magazine.   When I looked
            it over when I was done, I decided it was old news and dropped the idea.  The one thing that wasn’t old news in what I had put together was
            an introductory note about why I was doing the update.  Read the complete thought here.


             On Jimmy Rayl, 3 pp., September, 2019.


            I recently thought about an incident involving a former Indiana basketball player by the name of Jimmy Rayl, both as he was then and
            as he is now (or was,he just died)   Read the thought here. 


            • On Sandy Duncan’s Ears, 3 pp., September, 2019.


             Sandy Duncan is old now, 73, but at one time she was really big in the entertainment field.   Read the thought here. 


            • On Dying, 5 pp., August, 2019.


             I read a book that helped me clarify the difference between death and dying.   Read the thought here.

             • On Being Really Old, 4 pp., August, 2019.


             I read a book and saw a film on old age I’d like you to know about.  Read the thought here.


            • On “Detour,” Et al., 8 pp., July, 2019.


            Three days ago, I streamed the 1945 film “Detour.”  The most thought-provoking film I’ve seen in my memory.  Read the full thought here.

On the Death of James Whale Revisited, 10 pp., June, 2019.


         Out of nowhere it seemed, this week I felt a strong desire to see the 1998 film “Gods and Monsters,” which I had seen
         before, eleven years ago.  Read the complete thought here.


         •  On Arthur Godfrey and Haleloke, 6 pp., May, 2019.


         When I was twelve or so, I watched Arthur Godfrey and Haleloke on television.  Read the complete thought here.

       •  On Growing Up Well, 3 pp., April, 2019.


         Dear Dee— A big part of growing up is finding out what you are good at and like to do.     Read the email portion here.


     •  On Getting Our Needs Met, 6 pp., April, 2019.


    This week, I’ve been perusing a book about the French-born intellectual René Girard (1923-2015).   Reading the book has
    prompted me to recall a book I read a year ago, What Day is Today?  The Story of My Life in the Minor Leagues, and to reflect
    on how we go about satisfying our needs.  Read the thought here.

     On Mindfulness. 2pp., March, 2019.


      I don’t know if it’s the biggest choice we make in our lives, but a crucially important choice is to be happy.  Read the complete thought here.


      • On a Role Model for Dee, 5 pp., March, 2019.

       My daughter Dee is fourteen now, a freshman in high school.   Like every parent, I think about who in Dee’s world she can look up
       to and emulate.  It was reassuring this past week to find just such a person:  the singer Miley Cyrus.   Read the thought here.

        • On Kurt Vonnegut, 4pp,,  March, 2019.

        About a week ago, I looked through the biography and autobiography section of my local library’s e-book collection, and a book of letters
        by the writer Kurt Vonnegut caught my eye.  Read the complete thought here,