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Thursday, March 13, 2014

"It's A Small World!"

More often than not, when someone says "It's a small world!" it comes in the context of making some familiar connection from the past or from a different geographical region. Yesterday, the mechanics' shop business manager noticed my last name, and so he asked if I was any relation to a man named... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Is A Do-Nothing Congress A Bad Thing?

With 3.5 times less of bills passed, many are judging the 113th Congress to be the least productive and worst Congress in the country's history. I, though, take the view that the late Ronald Reagan took--that the country functions better on less government. The framers of the Constitution built in... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pictures Of Celebrities/Athletes Give A Boost To Products

Wheaties always makes it a point to put an Olympic athlete on their boxes during the times contiguous to the Olympics. A news story I heard stated though that Wheaties was losing sales and its share of the cereal market. I imagine, all the same, that the sales receive a boost when Olympians appear... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Penance Of A Slob

The word "eviction" hung in the air ten days ago, when I read a conditional ultimatum by the apartment manager. She had come into my apartment on a scheduled realty assessment inspection and did not like the slovenly condition in which she found the apartment. So she gave me an ultimatum to comply... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 28, 2014


I am having to do penance now.... no, it is not jail, or anything quite like that. I will tell you later. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Seizing The Moment, In Spite Of Cold Recovery

Rare it is to be able to cross country ski in town. Several winters ago, when I was staying in Leavenworth, Washington, on vacation, I noted that at least one person, maybe a few others, cross country skied in the snowed-over downtown area. That amazed me, but I am dumbfounded I did not follow suit... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Snowbound With A Cold

My cold was worse when I awoke this morning, and I would have liked to have chicken soup or broth on hand, but I was not going out to get it. There was snow outside, and I did not want to brave it just to get chicken soup. It is not the driving that would have bothered me, but simply subjecting my... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sochi Letdowns

Tucked along with the possibility of uncooperative weather conditions of the Winter Olympics is the capricious nature of the political climate--that is, of the Olympic Committee selection of the sites and of the current political climates of the time. In Sochi, I can think of at least four concerns... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How Long Have You Tried Natural Medicine?

I told my acupuncturist that I dealt with shortness of breath over the weekend (from biking against a strong wind) by drinking green tea with licorice root added and that I had a lavender bath to deal with aching muscles. He was impressed and asked me how long I have been interested in natural... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Antidisestablishmentarianism And Its Relationship To Control Or Anarchy

"Antidisestablishmentarianism." This is a word I was just mulling over a couple days ago. Many years ago, in college linguistics class, a college professor had showcased this word, pointing out its multiple prefixes and suffixes. I don't remember him actually explaining wat the word means, however.... Sign in to see full entry.

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