The Road Paved with Good Intentions

His quote, made off the cuff on the quiz show Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, was that in life he has relied on two words to guide him: “over” and “next.” When something is over it is over, he says, and he moves on to what’s next. “If there were to be a hammock in the middle,” he goes on, “that would be what is meant by living in the moment.”

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Aphids High

The first time I saw a cluster of aphids on my plant it made my skin crawl. They look like orange scales, like some weird disease, which I guess they are. They almost killed the plant at one point until I started spraying them with neem oil, which suffocates them. They're back in force now, though, and so I spray and wish for them to die.

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Walking the Dog

And then I realize that that's true of most things we put in motion--buying property to tend, starting a career, adopting a pet, having a child--it's impossible to know if you'll be able to keep pace with the wheel as it's rolling down the hill.

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