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January 2016

Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? We were just looking at the weather forecast. Did you know it's supposed to get into the 50's at the start of next week? Feel a little conflicted about that. It can't be a good sign when it's that warm at the end of January, but at the same time, it means another lower heating bill for the Northern Estate, and that's a big win. Hmmm. Anyway, we've got some work to do here. BDH and Little Buddha made a fresh pot of coffee, so help yourself... Read more →

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! How are you? Any big plans for the weekend? I never know what to do when there's no football or baseball happening. BDH and Little Buddha are checking the movie listings for anything we might all want to see together. That means it was my job to make the coffee today, and it's just about ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter. We briefly considered watching last night's GOP presidential debate and then decided that life's too short for that nonsense... Read more →

 

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Classic Clutter: Remembering the Challenger

Time seems to be picking up speed as I get older. It was legitimately surprising to be reminded that this piece remembering the Challenger explosion is now five six years old. Originally published: January 28, 2011 It's the morning of January 28th, 1986 in the village of Contoocook, New Hampshire. Yes, I said "village." We don't even have a traffic light here. God it's cold out. I'm 11 years old, and I'm sitting in my dad's car, waiting it for it to warm up, and the windshield to defrost, so Dad can take me to school. We live at the... Read more →

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Things are fine on this end, apart from a bit of a headache this morning. Hopefully that won't last too long. Oh, the birds are chirping themselves silly today. That's unusual for January. Hmm... BDH and Little Buddha report that the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. It still seems like yesterday. While we wait for Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers to report to Fort Myers on February 18,... Read more →

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back! How's the week treating you so far? No major issues on this end. BDH, Little Buddha and I were just talking about how much we're enjoying the steadily increasing amount of daylight we're seeing. Having it not be pitch black out now until close to 5:30 is helping our internal clocks tremendously. You know what else helps things? That's right, coffee. We've got a fresh pot ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter. It's increasingly evident that the only person who can really take out... Read more →

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Before we sort through today's headlines, I just want to thank everyone for the nice feedback regarding the "Letter to My Mom" post. January is a tough month, given that it includes both Mom Clutter's birthday and the anniversary of her death. Writing the letter helped me get my head together a little bit, and I'm touched that it seemed to resonate with so many of you, both friends and strangers. It's a bit of a relief to have all of that out of the way now, so how about we get back... Read more →

 

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Letter to My Mom

Dear Ma, The calendar tells me that you’ve been gone for two years as of tomorrow. I’m not sure if that sounds right, because my sense of time has been off for ages now. Part of my brain can go with that, but the other part is pretty sure it’s been an eternity. In any case, it’s been a little while since we chatted (in my head), so I thought I’d check in. First things first, I’ve missed you like mad every day for the last two years, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to have you back here. It’s... Read more →

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? It looks like Clutter Headquarters might just get hit with a few inches of snow at most today, which is nice. I don't care "that" much about the cold temperatures any more, but last winter killed off any interest I have in the white stuff. BDH and Little Buddha should be here any...hey speak of the devil. Hi boys. Hey, they've got some fresh coffee for all of you. Thanks, guys? You're the best. It's time to get to work, so enjoy that medium DD, and let's... Read more →

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! I got myself into a bit of trouble yesterday, because I just could not get yesterday's, "Song of the Day" out of my head! Damn you, Five Finger Death Punch! The whole point of this exercise is to get things out of my overgrown melon, not to have them playing on an endless loop in there. Anyway, we're still watching the weather forecast for the weekend. The Northern Estate seems like it should be fine either way, but Clutter Headquarters will apparently either get 400 feet of snow, or... Read more →

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? I had the weirdest dream last night. Well, the dream itself wasn't that weird, I was just at someone's birthday party. What seemed unusual was the collection of people at the party. I knew all of them, but they're folks I haven't thought of in years/decades and would have no reason for that to change now. It's just funny how the brain works. You know what helps the brain work? Coffee. Thankfully, BDH and Little Buddha have a fresh pot ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's... Read more →

 

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