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Lent’s Over: It’s OK for Me to Complain Again

Into Week Five of socially distanced isolation, my normally easy-going temperament has become a bit edgy, lacking in patience for ordinary idiosyncrasies that otherwise are overlooked or tolerated. Back in 2000, I had posted about being housebound for a period … Continue reading

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Music History 101

A little trick with Nick: Nick, Nick, bo-bick,Bo-na-na fanna fo fick,Fee fi mo-mick,Nick! That was an excerpt from the song, “The Name Game,” by Shirley Ellis. Do you remember it? Probably not, unless you’re a Baby Boomer, part of the … Continue reading

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An Old-Appliance History Lesson

Been living in the same flat for going on twenty-two years at the end of April. This is the longest I’ve stayed in one place, having moved to various locations thirty-nine times previously since birth. That’s a lot of moving … Continue reading

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Spring Down and Fall Up

Spring back and fall ahead! Wait, that should be spring ahead and fall back. Don’t forget to change your clocks an hour back on the first Sunday of November. Daylight Saving Time (DST) has come to an end for another … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Political Philosophies

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas – Merry Hanukkah

On Christmas Eve 2015, I hung out in the shadows at Pen Ryn Mansion with the hope and intention of witnessing a legend about which has been around for centuries in my part of the woods. The history of the … Continue reading

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Rocking a Cradle of Democracy: A Colossal Piece of Ancient Architecture

The early morning sounds of garbagemen, their slamming the lids of trash cans in the rear courtyard of my Roman hotel, woke me up quickly out of a sound sleep. I opened the nearby window sashes to greet the dawn … Continue reading

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