In Praise of “Competence!”

A word cloud related to competence

To my mind, competence has a workmanlike beauty to it bordering on craft.

Halloween in Haarlem

St. Bavo Church, or Grote Kerk, in the Grote Markt, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

As Halloween approaches, take a brief tour of the darker corners of Haarlem’s history…

Delicious Imperfections

a loaf of freshly baked bread in my kitchen

Your bread will never be perfect. But you’ll learn to accept the fact that even imperfect bread tastes pretty damn good.

“We Should Not Be in the Business of Mere Deterrence”

“Simulated mouse yelling on mouse,” I read. This did not inspire confidence.

These Are Days

The great flattening of the world means you simply don’t feel as much. The medicated middle is very wide, and very deep.


This is our cat, Pepper

In which we welcome the newest member of the Boyd-Rumbley household…a wee lad named Pepper.

Humility’s a Ponzi Scheme

This week: one ex-journalist’s quest to consider himself a quality human being, and expose the Ponzi scheme known as “humility.”

“You Have No Events Scheduled Today”

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since I pushed the eject button on that 20 plus year career in radio journalism. I get asked a lot: don’t you miss it? Since it’s breakfast time here in Haarlem, let me answer it this way: I don’t miss the product, and I especially don’t miss the sausage-grinding it took to make it.

Rear Window

Back in #Haarlem, things get a little too personal when I try to spy on the neighbors’ giant pet #rabbits

Slachthuisbuurt Surprise

In which a major plot twist is revealed, and the author’s world might never make sense again.

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