Knees for the Needy: A Second Update

WC had his follow up examination with his orthopedic surgeon recently, including follow up x-rays of the “appliance” now residing in WC’s right knee. At the risk of over-sharing, WC offers this update. These are iPhone photographs of the doctor’s computer screen, and aren’t ideal. WC and his phone are reflected in the background. You…

Knees for the Needy: An Update

WC had total knee replacement surgery on his right knee Tuesday. The good news is that in a few months WC should be walking without pain for the first time in two years. The bad news is that the surgery has WC pretty banged up. As a result, WC’s ability to research, write and publish…

Well and Good

WC Is Off Chasing Birds. Again.

What, again? Yep. Blog posts will continue at least for a while as WC is away; a few are pre-written. But WC will be off the web for a few days, and it’s uncertain where, when and what quality access WC will have to the internet. So comments won’t be immediately approved and feedback will…

Well and Good

WC Is Off Chasing Birds

Blog posts will continue while WC is away; they are pre-written. But WC will be off the web for a few days, so comments won’t be immediately approved and feedback will be unaddressed. WC promises to get to all that when he is back.

Well and Good

WC Is Off Chasing Birds

WC is off chasing birds. Blog posts may be a little irregular or even absent for a bit, because WC will be avoiding the internet in a belated effort to preserve his sanity. If the effort turns up anything interesting, and WC has access to the Web, there may be posts from time to time.…

James Wickersham, 1916

Changes Coming to Wickersham’s Conscience

There will be some changes coming to Wickersham’s Conscience over the next few weeks and months. What happened is that WC’s free WordPress plan ran out of storage space. Yes, WC has been writing this blog since November 2008 using WordPress’s free plan. Well, it was “free” to WC but WordPress makes money on the…

Warning: You Are Entering Your Eighth Decade

Yes, It’s True

About all you can say is that it is better than the alternative. If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. – Mickey Mantle NB: You want the sign to the right; not the one on the left. Not yet, anyway.

Brown Creeper, Boise, Idaho


As WC writes this, it is snowing lightly outside. A Brown Creeper is working the spruce tree trunk just outside the window. Mountain Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Lesser Goldfinches are working the bird feeders, bringing flashes of color to a monochrome winter landscape. It all serves to remind WC that there is much to be…

XKCD - "Duty Calls"

The Perils of Philosophy

From time to time, WC will get in a debate with some faceless person over the internet. It usually starts when the other person makes a foolish or outlandish statement. If WC is sufficiently dyspeptic at the moment, WC will take the fool to task. This happened recently. A climate change denier annoyed WC enough…