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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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It Comes in Threes September 16, 2017

                Honestly, the day started out just fine if you don’t count the fact that I had to set my alarm for 6 on a Saturday morning.  I drove my son to his rehearsal at the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, drank coffee and wrote in the audience, and was generally peaceful, if a little sleepy. …

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BOOK REVIEW: A Wrinkle In Time September 8, 2017

A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet) When I was a child, before “Young Adult” was a genre that was really a thing, I loved to read. Certain books stood out for me, and I reread them until the pages got soft and started to fall out. I’d carefully…

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On the Road with Mario September 2, 2017

My husband’s name is Mike, not Mario, but you wouldn’t know it from the way he drives. I’m pretty sure that my husband goes out of his way to accelerate and brake in the car in such as way as to maximize the g-forces his passengers experience.  It is in this way that he can…

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Book Review: The House on Beartown Road August 25, 2017

The Family on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Love and Courage “The House on Beartown Road” by Elizabeth Cohen is a memoir with an interesting premise. It follows approximately a year in Cohen’s life in which she suddenly finds herself the single parent of an infant girl and the sole caretaker of her father, who…

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Book Review — Lilac Girls August 11, 2017

Lilac Girls: A Novel “Lilac Girls,” by Martha Hall Kelly, follows the intersecting stories of Caroline Ferriday, Herta Oberhauser, and Kasia Kuzmerick in the years leading up to, during, and after World War II. Caroline is a New York socialite with a bent towards helping those less fortunate. Herta Oberhauser is a doctor in Germany…

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Dress Code Blues August 5, 2017

‘Tis the beginning of the school year, and, ergo, ‘tis the time of year in which teenagers all around the world get huffy about their schools’ dress codes.  The teenagers in my house are no exception. I take that back.  My teenage son doesn’t much care, since it doesn’t really affect him.  Boy fashion is…

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