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Quebec's Curfew

Never have I been so close to wanting to acquire a gun ... and a dog . Just kidding. Mostly. If you know me, you are well...

 
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Big Tech, Big Brother

I've never liked Apple. No, that's not true. A very long time ago, in a small room at the University of Rochester's Goler House, we were...

 
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We Can Do Better

Remember what I said in my recent review of Nineteen Eighty-Four ? Most of the analyses I read online consider the climax of...

 
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Vaccine Worries

After about 40 minutes each Thursday morning (and much earlier work by Porter), we're signed up to get the Moderna vaccine next week....

 
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Trypophobia

I'm hiding the images in this post behind the "More" link because they can cause serious problems for some people. Really....

 
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Books Read in 2020

It's time for my annual compilation of books read during the past year. Total books: 85 Fiction: 57 Non-fiction: 28 Month...

 
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Vitamin D and COVID

I admit to being a big fan of Vitamin D and the role it plays in our health—especially when it comes from natural sources, such as...

 
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Whatever Happened to the Culture of Saving?

As a young child, I received an allowance of 25 cents a week. (A quarter was worth a lot more 'way back then.) From that I was expected...

 
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Mister Rogers for Adults

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood  was pretty much the only children's television program seen in our house when our children were...

 
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Black America Needs Fathers (and So Does Everyone Else)

We're nearing the end of the year, and I've been (very pleasantly) inundated with more important ways to use my time than writing blogs...

 
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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four:   A Novel by George Orwell (1949) A friend of mine recently observed, " I re-read  1984...

 
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Christmas 2020

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! And by that I mean all twelve days.  :)

 
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Who Is a Writer?

This is not my own, but the person I learned it from can't remember where she first found it.  And it's not a direct quotation,...

 
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Welcome to Florida -- Please Leave Your New York Culture...

This morning I read part of an article called " Is Florida the New Wall Street? " That link should take you to the same part, though to...

 
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Let the Rain Do the Talking

Found on Facebook and enjoyed.

 
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Mister Rogers' Music

Feeling the time pressure here, so you you get a quick post today. I no longer remember how I happened upon this video , but the...

 
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What Hath Facebook Wrought?

I'm certain Facebook had no idea what it was doing when it  banned my 9/11 memorial post . Suddenly I started looking into others...

 
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"We Must Cancel Thanksgiving," Says CDC Scientist

(Modified from something found on Facebook.) Happy 2020 Thanksgiving to all!

 
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The Golden Age of Flight

My father was an engineer with the General Electric Company.  He worked in several places, including Erie, Pennsylvania and Lynn,...

 
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The Year of the Jackpot

Robert Heinlein wrote that the Year of the Jackpot was 1952. It's a pity he died in 1988, because he would have loved 2020. In one of...

 
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Do We Ever Really Leave Our Childhoods Behind?

I've been having fun cleaning out computer files, and came upon some old photos that may me wonder just how much our personalities are...

 
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Saint Margaret of Scotland

Well, would you look at that: the feast day of my 28th great-grandmother (and Porter's 26th) is November 16. Monday. She's Saint...

 
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Facebook: The Challenge, Part 4 -- Miscellaneous

I've covered my three main uses of Facebook:  relationships ,  writing platform , and  news source . But there are...

 
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So In Love

So In Love  by Ashley Locheed and Chris Rottmayer (Timucua Arts Foundation 2020) At this time in our country,...

 
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What Just Happened? - A Guest Post by Wyatt

So, what just happened? As I’m writing, the election is still too close to call. There are still votes to count that could swing...

 
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