Author Archives: Dan Antion

About Dan Antion

Husband, father, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek - oh wait, I’m writing this like I only have 140 characters. I am all those things, and more, and all of these passions present me with opportunities to observe, and think about things that I can’t write about in other places. I have started this blog to catch the stuff that falls out, overflows and just plain doesn’t fit the other containers in my life.

Impressive Political Moments

On most days I travel through 5 or 6 towns on my way to work. New England is like that; a collection of tiny, congested, parochial little towns with identities confined within boarders that fly by, one after the other. … Continue reading

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5-Second Rules

M&M’s, Ritz Bits, Grapes, Twizzlers and Skittles are all subject to the standard 5-second rule. Drop it, and if you can pick it up, blow it off and eat it quickly enough, it’s not contaminated. Sure, you’d tell your kids … Continue reading

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Music of the Road Gone By

Later this year, my daughter and I will be on a road-trip. That used to mean that we would have to plan the music, but that’s no longer a chore. The car is iPod ready and we both have iPod/iPhone … Continue reading

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Maybe Disorder Wasn’t the Right Word

Last week, my friend Brad Lewis shared a link on Facebook to a Huffington Post article titled: What to Eat To Get Your Sleep Back On Track Seeing the link made me laugh for a couple of reasons. First, Brad … Continue reading

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Summertime Ain’t Easy No More

Summertime, And the livin’ is easy… Most Many Some Some people my age will recognize that as the opening of an aria composed by George Gershwin for the opera Porgy and Bess. Some people may have trouble with the concept … Continue reading

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On These Two Feet

One of my favorite writers is a woman who authors the Daily (w)rite, “A daily ritual of writing.” Seriously, she is one of the writers that I never skip or skim. Well, back in June, Damyanti asked a question on … Continue reading

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Remembering the Orchid Grower

Before I started this blog and before my daughter started The Sound of Swarming, we managed and wrote a lot of material for a blog that focused on lifelong learning. I’ve been trolling through those posts and pulling out some … Continue reading

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I Am NOT Short

Originally posted on Sound of Swarming:
Not Short on Mount Baker, Washington, 1998 In 1998, I traveled with my father to the beautiful state of Washington. We rented a car and put about 1,600 miles on it, visiting Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National…

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Influence Redux

I started this blog three years ago this month with a post on influence that was inspired by some questionable “analysis” of my Klout score. That post attracted one lonely ‘Like’ (Thanks Marc) and the entire month of July 2011 … Continue reading

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Two by Two

I love most “there are two types of people” jokes. You can search the web for list after list of these. I would give you some links but joke lists have a tendency to go south. They either add annoying … Continue reading

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