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Participation Awards Bingo May 20, 2017

As the school year winds down, we find ourselves joyfully celebrating our children’s successes and patiently celebrating the successes of the other children in their classes that we might or might not know.  Yes, I’m talking about awards night, or, more to the point, awards nights, plural.  Everything has an awards night.  Each sports team,…

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Say Ahhh May 14, 2017

It isn’t terribly pleasant when a doctor has me open up my mouth and say ahh so she can get a peek at my throat.  I have a tendency to gag on the tongue depressor, and I find myself worrying about the quality of my breath.  But I’m not embarrassed.  There’s nothing humiliating or even humbling…

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Twenty-Five Years Later May 7, 2017

If you want to feel old, mark the passing of a quarter century since you’ve accomplished something.  Such was how I felt when I walked into the room of old people at my 25th college reunion and found out that they were my classmates.  I was a teenager at the same time as these balding…

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BOOK REVIEW — Why We Broke Up May 5, 2017

  Why We Broke Up I picked up Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler for kind of strange reasons, but then that’s why I pick up most books. I was in a used book store, and it just looked different than the other books. Thicker. Heavier. When I literally picked it up, it weighed…

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Jackfruit April 30, 2017

My son and I have a rule, which is that every time we go to a grocery store, we pick some kind of food we’ve never had before and we buy it. He always tries it. I only try it 85% of the time. For example, I did not try the tinned octopus. We’ve found…

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Book Review — The Table of Less Valued Knights April 28, 2017

The Table of Less Valued Knights “The Table of Less Valued Knights” is written by Marie Phillips, who also wrote “Gods Behaving Badly.” This time, she takes her prodigious imagination to Camelot. Sir Humphrey du Val, formerly of the Round Table, is now relegated to a wobbly table in the hall with the other Less…

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Cultural Literacy and Terrible Old Television April 23, 2017

I have a tendency to make obscure references, which don’t feel obscure to me, since they are based on things I’ve seen and remember. To me, the more things you know, the more random connections you can make, and so the funnier the world is. Plus, I like to be able to participate in whatever…

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Mother Knows Best April 16, 2017

Mother Knows Best is a cliché for a reason. On average, given a wide margin of error, the standard deviation and other statistical considerations, I am right approximately 100% of the time. I mean, I’m not right ALWAYS, and not in every context.  I’m fallible like any other human. But when it comes to stuff…

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BOOK REVIEW — Crash, Bang, Burn April 14, 2017

  Crash Bang Burn “Crash, Bang, Burn,” by K. Dawn Goodwin is the first fictional book by the author of the memoir “Until He Comes.” It follows Edie, a bible college dropout and family pariah, who finds herself in metro Atlanta trying to find herself. She meets Nathen Crosland, aka “Cross,” a fireman, and all…

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Where Are The Surgical Sponges? April 2, 2017

A few times in my lawyering career, I’ve had medical malpractice cases in which careless doctors accidentally left things in people’s bodies after cutting them open. Wires, superfluous body parts, and the ever-popular surgical sponges, to name a few.  I get that carelessness happens, but still. I’ve been known to be careless from time to…

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