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Punctuation in Texts September 4, 2020

My children tell me I’m rude, but they’ll forgive me because I’m old.  I’m rude, they say because I insist on punctuation in texts. I agree I’m rude, but I think it’s for other reasons. These are the same children who will articulate their punctuation when they speak, as in, “Are we going out to…

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Book Review — Firefly August 28, 2020

Firefly is a small book of poems by Ellen Austin-Li that I assume is autobiographical, though it may be entirely fictional.  The fact that I cannot tell is a testament to the skill of the author and the burning reality of the feelings in the poems. Though each of the poems stands on its own…

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Fine China August 21, 2020

My Dad is just now winding up what he is calling his Farewell Tour. “Yeah, yeah.” said my son.  “Cher had five of those.” He is making an up and down road trip of the east coast, visiting friends and relatives he hasn’t seen in years.  When he gets home, he may never leave again. …

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Book Review — Departure August 14, 2020

Departure, by Joseph Reid, the third book in the Seth Walker series, is a non-stop thrill ride.  That sounds like a cliché, I know.  I wracked my brains to come up with an original way to say “non-stop thrill ride” and came up short.  What can I say?  That’s what Departure is: a non-stop thrill…

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Day of Silence August 7, 2020

“Think before you speak.” Is there anyone – anyone? – who will doubt the wisdom of this old saw?  I’m going to go with “no.”  I mean, “speak before you think” makes no sense.  “Go ahead and spout any old garbage before you’ve given it any thought whatsoever” seems like foolish advice.   Now that…

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An Ode to Admins During Coronapocalypse July 24, 2020

I’m more fortunate than a lot of people, I suppose, in that during coronapocalypse my industry, the law, has been considered an essential one and we never really shut down.  Things shifted to Zoom and WebEx. We discovered that a lot of those meetings that we suspected could have been emails really could have been…

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My Jubilee Year July 10, 2020

I happen to have been born in a Jubilee Year.  A Jubilee Year is a biblical thing, specifically Leviticus 25:8-13, and although it is a fairly complicated concept, it can be summed up as a Super-Sabbath of a year.  It’s the year after the 7th times 7th year.  The 50th year. You rest your cropland…

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Book Review — The Murder of Sara Barton July 5, 2020

“The Murder of Sara Barton” by Lance McMillian is a courtroom drama told from the perspective of a prosecutor who has a personal motive for wanting to see murderers get their due. Chance Meridian is still grieving the loss of his wife and son to a killer who has gotten away with the crime when…

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Snake in the Grass June 26, 2020

It was during regular business hours and I was on the phone with someone of some rank, even though it was someone I knew well, and we were discussing Important Business that Mattered.  My son flew into my room without knocking and yelled, “There’s a giant snake in the yard.” My son, mind you, is…

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The Power of Shoes June 12, 2020

If you were to run into me on the street, or in the grocery store, or any of the places it is possible to run into me when we are not in a pandemic and I refuse to leave my house, one of the last things you would think is, “Dang, gurl, you are one…

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