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‘Tis spring, and as one of my neighbors observed, “Everywhere you look there is work to be done.” Ain't it the truth? I find that now that I'm living alone, there seems to be no end of tasks … more
I must say that I watched with great relief a recent TED talk about memory. Neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova assured us that the reason we forget so many things is that we are not paying … more
Sometimes it's the simple things that bring a smile to your face. Yesterday my landline phone rang, and the caller ID showed an unknown number. Since few people call my landline these days, I was … more
Several months ago, I wrote about the long journey taken by a printing project I had ordered. It spent a month in the nonspeedy hands of the USPS. The project was called “The Olden Girls”, a … more
My granddaughter Adeline has been visiting (along with her mom and dad) at my house. Two days ago, as we were in the backyard, I noticed a pileated woodpecker working about 30 feet up on a tree on … more
Here's an interesting conversation starter: If you could have dinner with any three people, living or not, who would they be? What would you serve them for dinner? And, most importantly, what would … more
Back in 1975, my Grandpa Kohler decided to buy my sisters and me sewing machines. We each got a Kenmore Model 1947 from Sears, complete with fancy zigzag stitches and buttonhole attachments. Made … more
During these long days of Covid one of the things that I have enjoyed most is walking my dogs. I often get to see my neighbors and have a brief chat. But often I see no one, and I find these long … more
Latin's a dead language/As dead as it could be. /It killed off all the Romans,/ and now it's killing me. Those of you who took Latin in high school or college have no doubt heard the poem above. … more
We seem to be witnessing a new national appreciation for poetry since the marvelous Amanda Gorman has shared her work with us all at the Inauguration and at the Super Bowl. Ms. Gorman, a graduate … more
“No one joins a cult,” said Mark Vicente, documentary filmmaker and former member of Nxivm, a cult based in Albany, NY. Vicente made this comment in “The Vow”, the nine-part HBO documentary … more
The Great British Baking Show on Netflix has become a favorite of my granddaughter and daughter. Most evenings, they enjoy watching an episode as the extremely skilled amateur bakers from the United … more
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