I’m still trying to absorb Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. I think it bothers me more than the USMNT’s failure. Part of what I keep coming back to is that Gianluigi Buffon deserved a better ending to his incredible career with the Azzurri


Before Saturday, I don’t remember how long it had been since I last did anything with wood… over the weekend, Li and I fashioned a simple sword of wood for part of her Halloween costume. Nothing elaborate, made from scraps we had laying around the garage, but it involved sawing, gluing, clamping, more sawing, shaping, and sanding. I tend to forget how much I enjoy working with wood: the smell, the feel, getting to watch something emerge and evolve…

Li and I were both pleased with the result, although for different reasons.