Archive for the ‘Doug’ Category

Not a Prayer

Posted: 18th September 2013 by LegoDoug in Doug

When no prayer finds my lips, And Your blows crush me to the earth, And the light from above cannot illuminate The mire of my sorrow, Then in my torment, in my lament, in the despair of my soul, You begin to find me, Though blackness remains. (I was inspired to poetry during the Michael […]

Imponderably Improbable

Posted: 5th March 2013 by LegoDoug in Books, Doug

This weekend’s This American Life program was entitled, “No Coincidence, No Story,” and featured a huge selection of fascinating short stories. Life is full of coincidences, but I’ve never experienced one that seems more improbable than this: In 1995, I was visiting the Rondon family in the Dominican Republic, and spent some time looking through […]

God Is Born

Posted: 24th December 2012 by LegoDoug in Doug, Religion/Church

Around Christmas, I always think about my favorite Christmas hymn: “God is Born” (“Bóg się rodzi”). I’ve only got one recording of it in English, on an old cassette entitled “An English Christmas.” It is the National Christmas Hymn in Poland, where it originated. Here’s what I’ve been able to transcribe from the English version […]

Periodically, I do a search for this poem we memorized in high school. Today, at last, I found a slightly flawed version of it online, and was able to use that to get a corrected version via Google Books. The poem was published in Baxter’s Explore the Book, in a lesson on Ecclesiastes, although there […]

Beaten by Children

Posted: 23rd February 2012 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Home Life, Naomi, Photos

Each Friday evening I take a class in Mandarin at the Chelmsford Chinese Language School. After that class, I go to chess club, while Naomi studies Chinese Folk Dance. I wrote this at the end of last year. Carissa is quietly contemplative. She keeps her body movements still, with a level of concentration that seems […]

From We to Me

Posted: 5th December 2011 by LegoDoug in Doug, Home Life

An involuntary divorce is, quite frankly, a terrible event. I doubt that will surprise anyone. There are dozens of expected perils and adjustments. It is tragic, and painful beyond belief. But that pain does, eventually, well and truly end. One adjusts. Balance returns. Life becomes fabulous again. But occasionally, there are bits of adjustment that […]

I’ve worked with Adobe’s Flex platform now for several years, beginning with my Star Trek transporter simulator, a project I wrote for a Boston University course. Now, my job at Transparent Language involves mostly FFA (Flash/Flex/AIR) development, and I enjoy the challenges of working in this fairly cutting-edge environment. This week, though, I was shocked […]

Dance Macadam

Posted: 1st March 2011 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Home Life, Naomi, Photos, The Kids

Naomi had been very, very sick for almost 10 days—double ear and ear canal infections, that we finally got under control. Even though she stayed home from school, she hadn’t had a fever all day, and I let her go to ballet. (Isaac took care of her while I was at work—my first day back […]

Losing

Posted: 3rd November 2010 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Home Life, Nichelle

If I were to lose you today I would lose … The one who mothered my children The one who was my only lover The one who laughed at my jokes The one who tolerated my inability to get my socks into the hamper right-side out The one whose smile always brightened my day The […]

Rope-Climbing Lego NXT Robot

Posted: 10th June 2010 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Geekdom, Home Life, Photos

This is the rope-climbing robot myself and ASD student Joe Cole worked on, as a competitor in the “Robolympics” program I developed after Robot Sumo was done this year. We were hoping to modify the base to allow it to compete in robot drag racing, but there simply wasn’t enough time. Ours was the only […]