Category Archives: Prose

September 11th

Nine o’clock in the morning was 1500 and getting toward the end of the duty day in Europe, that day 21 years ago.¬† Children who hadn’t yet been born that fall are now adults. We have built memorials, fractured our … Continue reading

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daylight savings time

sucks to put it mildly. I really have no clue why this particular one hour shift in clock time puts me so out of whack. It isn’t like I haven’t had to deal with a lot of time zone changes … Continue reading

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The ordinary things

Remember when you were young and foolish? When you looked at the infirmities of older people without the least bit of recognition that, if you were fortunate/unfortunate depending on your point of view, you were going to be that persons … Continue reading

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Happy 2sDay

It seems like people get excited about silly things – in this case a date that is 2/22/22 or 22.2.22 depending on your particular country’s date format. There are claims that it is a “Once in a lifetime occurrence.” ¬†Well, … Continue reading

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No game

“Having game” is an English language expression which I don’t remember from childhood. Maybe it is American? Probably not polite enough to be of Canadian origin. And not quite stuffy enough to be of English origin. According to the Urban … Continue reading

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One year later

I am hoping, without actual hope, that 6 January doesn’t become another negative turning point in US history like 11 September. What I can say is that there are still those who don’t believe we had a fair election in … Continue reading

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Felicitations and solicitations

This is part observation, part rant. The third part is actually sadness at the waste of resources. First, the observation – over the last two weeks, our mailbox has had numerous Christmas Cards with the occasional holiday card tossed in … Continue reading

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The phone are

There are either too many options, or not enough I was thinking as we discovered logistical chain impacts on cell phones as well. Perhaps (or not) you are old enough to remember the single household phone on the kitchen wall? … Continue reading

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Black Friday – Star Legend

This commentary is brought to you by the miracle of too much coffee… Anyway. For those of you who are not US the following may be interesting. Everyone else, feel free to skip down several paragraphs. The background of Black … Continue reading

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Twenty years on

since life as most of us in the US (and particularly those of us who were active duty at the time) literally saw our world crash and burn. As a country, somehow we were shocked to be attacked on our … Continue reading

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introduction of teenagers

in further commentary on Tom Standage’s The History of Motion comes the addition of concepts and terminology that has entered into the English Language (and by extension those of other countries) by the introduction of an automobile based society. I … Continue reading

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Who was Mr Toad?

This is not a non sequitur. Rather, it is a speculation on whom Kenneth Grahame based his character of Mr. Toad.* As a child, Wind in the Willows was a wonderful story. Perfectly acceptable that animals could be anthropomorphized, no … Continue reading

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Out of the past

A long time ago (ok, more than 40 years ago), George & I lived in St Paul (MN). I had a small family practice mostly focused on OB and well babies. George was working for Legal Aid. I mentioning this … Continue reading

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waiting patiently

Is all that any of us can – or should – do. The US is still a democracy – it is time to let the process run its course. That means obeying all the laws, all the court order, and … Continue reading

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Vote

If you are not a US voter – skip the next little bit. And, for your information – the US, unlike several countries, does not have mandatory voting. Vote. Exercise your rights. Retain your ability to honestly be able to … Continue reading

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Herd Immunity

This is a rant – delete at will. Before I even go down the trail of why this new plan of the US White House is immoral, obscene, and not even remotely ethical – let us talk about herds. Herds … Continue reading

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11 September

There are 19 years separating us from those horrible events. There are voters now who were no t even alive when those planes came down: into the Twin Towers in New York; into the Pentagon; into a field in Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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It wasn’t meant to be funny

One way that I have kept myself entertained over the last several months is by listening to various of the Great Courses (produced by the euphemistically named “Learning Company”). Between the two public libraries to which I subscribe (Berkeley and … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Being a mother has nothing to do with biology and everything to do with attitude, love, and care for others. At sometimes it means a bit of self-sacrifice and other times teaching that self-reliance is important. Imparting the ability to … Continue reading

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Train Wreck in slow motion

Watching the daily numbers as COVID-19 spreads around the globe is like being on the sidelines as two huge bodies head for the inevitable crash. You know it is going to happen; being an ostrich and talking about “relaxing things … Continue reading

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