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Learning in Public by Courtney E. Martin (Little, Brown). This book will have you cringing when I’m only half through describing it—even as I’m telling you, well, but, you should … more
Before the Revolutionary War the 13 colonies were important to England for many reasons, foremost was the crops that could be grown here. Corn, cotton, sugar and hemp. Hemp, from Old English … more
I remember the opening sequence in the television show “The Twilight Zone.” As eerie music played, images such as an eyeball and spinning clocks moved across the black and white screen. … more
There is  nothing I personally like more than a family BBQ on my parent’s deck, having an ice cold drink and some of my dad’s famous ribs or Teriyaki glazed steak. My dad or … more
Like many people in our area, I enjoy a humble existence in the countryside with nary a thought as to how I got here aside from one day hauling a bunch of belongings from point A to B. And then … more
The Quiet Zone by Stephen Kurczy (Dey Street). In a town adjacent to a supersized electronic telescope monitoring the universe, cell phones and certain other common electronic screens to focus on … more
My father-in-law recently shared the bounty of his garden with us which included a few extra-large zucchini; the kind that are longer than my forearm and rival the size of a toddler. I can’t … more
So last week while the weather was cooler in the mid seventies, I took a few afternoons off to do some work around the house. I am currently clearing a strip of land at the edge of the driveway that … more
Like most children I would power through whatever my parents put on the dinner table to get to dessert. Meatloaf, broccoli, mashed potatoes and a salad were just obstacles standing in the way of an … more
My friend Joan is super smart and is interested in astronomy so when I read about the moon developing a wobble that would cause flooding in the mid 2030s, I immediately contacted her to see if there … more
A recent online article from the BBC News talks about cerebral blood flow and the unhealthiness of standing. We all know that walking helps your heart pump your blood effectively, but how about … more
“Caller ID is not even a thing anymore,” smirks my 30-something year-old neighbor just before he goes running after a wayward delivery truck. I’m left bewildered and, though there … more
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