Archives in Category: Things to Ponder

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Life is Complicated

It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve tried to move money from an investment account at one company to our saving account at another company. In the past, this took only a couple days. However, given current logistics, if we

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Multiples

It’s a sign of contemporary society that the single serving of a food item is readily available. You can buy mashed potatoes, soups, chips, beverages, for one. Also pot pies, Hostess cupcakes, and milk. Yes, the cost is probably higher;

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Oxymorons

Oxymorons are everywhere. Earl recently gave me some, and my son Kevin and I have had more than one laugh about them.

By definition, according to one Richard Nordquist (whose credentials I didn’t check, but he seemed erudite enough) an

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Mending Wall

I’ve always been struck by Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall,” about the spring ritual of two neighbors meeting to repair the stone wall that divides their properties. There are so many things about the poem to ponder. To read the

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Time . . . to go

I’ve subscribed to “Time” magazine for decades. At first, when it was in its heyday before there was instant news, I looked forward to its drop in my mailbox every week. It was contemporary, informative, and succinct.

But that was

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Connections

The NY Times offers a game called “Connections” every morning for free. In other words, you don’t have to subscribe to the paper to play, but I imagine it’s something like a loss leader in grocery stores. You get hooked

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Vacations

I’ve been home from Boston about 24 hours and have begun to assume the mantle of my daily life in Benton Harbor. It’s a comfortable life: we have more money than month; we’re entering the most gorgeous time of the

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FrankenSteinway

You’ve heard of them: the leaders in the piano world. Steinway, Baldwin, Yamaha, Kawai. And, if you got the money, Bosendorfer. You’ve heard of the second tier: Everett, Essex, and Celviano. Maybe others too.

But if you’ve ever heard or

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Black Forest

Last night we had dinner at the Black Forest, a German restaurant about a mile from where M lives. It was obvious that Earl, who is German, was in his glory with potato pancakes, pate, sausages, red cabbage, mashed potatoes,

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Beware

Today is the Ides of March, the day in the ancient Roman calendar that fell on March 15. There are a variety of explanations for the Ides surviving to the twenty-first century, but the most famous is that Julius Caesar

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