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Oh Ricky You’re So Fine December 8, 2017

I will not deny that I am older than my 47 years might imply.  I’m not particularly young at heart, I’m a soul that belongs in assisted living.  I know this for many reasons, not the least of which was that I went last night, with my good friend Eleni, to see Rick Springfield and…

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Book Review — A Man Called Ove December 1, 2017

A Man Called Ove: A Novel “A Man Called Ove” is a simple story of a man, Ove, who has a very clear sense of right and wrong. Ove is competent and efficient and hardworking. He is also cranky and curmudgeonly and thinks everyone around him is a nitwit. Which, of course, they largely are.…

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Now That It’s Over, I’m Thankful November 25, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I’m mostly just thankful that I survived yet another Thanksgiving.  Just kidding.  Sort of. Holidays can be stressful.  Some of us are spending our first Thanksgiving without a loved one, looking at that empty place at the table and wishing that person were there to annoy the ever-loving crap…

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Three Minutes in Milton November 11, 2017

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, I had the immense privilege of participating in the “Book an Author” event at the Milton Literary Festival.  This was a sort of “speed dating” for books event, in which authors had three minutes to pitch their life’s work to an audience of book buyers.  This is a reasonable approximation…

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Book Review: The Family Fang November 3, 2017

The Family Fang: A Novel “The Family Fang” by Kevin Wilson is one of those books that called out to me from the library shelf. I had never heard of it, or its author, before, and I can’t say exactly what attracted me about it. But I’m glad I picked it up. One complaint I…

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I’m 40 Now October 28, 2017

I’m forty now (Ok, forty-six) A decent age I’ve had my fix Of parties, hoo-has, galas, and more Of drunken evenings on the shore   My worries now Have changed in kind I wonder if I’ve lost my mind If you can see my whiskery chin My sagging butt, my wrinkled grin   My weekends…

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Book Review — I Am Malala October 20, 2017

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Most everyone by now, I suppose, knows who Malala Yousafzai is. She is a Pakistani girl who was shot in the face by the Taliban because she was a loud proponent of girls being educated. She was just 15…

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My Box. MINE. October 13, 2017

I’m not really a stuff person, not really.  I mean, I have stuff, too much stuff (mostly books), but I recognize that I don’t have much of anything that couldn’t be replaced with insurance money.  Most of my stuff I’d be better off getting rid of.      In fact, most of my stuff isn’t really…

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Book Review — On Truth October 6, 2017

On Truth I was wandering the stacks in the library, when I came upon the audio book for “On Truth” by Harry Frankfurt. Something about it caught my eye. Frankfurt is a professor of philosophy at Princeton, and make no bones about it, this is a scholarly work. It is a followup to his book…

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Teenager Exchange Program September 29, 2017

In the division of labor in the Duff house, my daughter has what is probably the easiest job – emptying the dishwasher.  It isn’t hard to do, or particularly time consuming.  Rather than thank her lucky stars that she isn’t required to clean around the toilet her brother aims at poorly, she complains that this…

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