Archives in Category: Things to Ponder

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The NRA and Grammar

Yesterday’s mass killing in Orlando, FL, has already raised the decibel level on the gun control issue once again. And it will command the headlines for a week or so, while the NRA will stand by its slogan: “Guns don’t

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I am Pavlov’s Dog

On my way to a sociology degree, I met Pavlov’s dog. Not the actual one, but Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s theory based on his study of salivating dogs. He noticed the dogs salivated whenever he gave them food. After a

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Channeling Noah

It hasn’t really rained for forty days and forty nights around here; it just feels like it. I write this as rain pounds my driveway, my windows, and my psyche. I’m not in danger of having to leave my home,

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Gun Education

Last weekend C and I took a course on how to shoot a gun offered by the Watervliet Rod and Gun Club. I’d extended the invitation to other friends too, but C was the only one who actually signed up

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The Coffee Syndrome

Yesterday I made my semi-annual pilgrimage to Talbots® for wardrobe updates. I’ve shopped at other stores over the years, but Talbots’® sizes fit me best. That is, if I can figure them out . . .

Time was when a

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Moonlight Sonata

It’s one of Beethoven’s signature compositions, that piano piece with umpteen octave fingerings in the left hand and complicated sharps, flats, and surprises in the right. It’s also a piece that every serious intermediate student of piano attempts.

I’ve attempted

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St. Patrick’s Day

If I weren’t going to a St. Patrick’s Day party this evening, I might have forgotten the day completely.

My mother, one hundred percent Irish, would never have approved. Her favorite color was green, and St. Patrick’s Day was up

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Unplugged

Even on vacation, I pack my laptop and spend time each day being tethered to my writing, my email inbox, and various social media.  “I’d rather do that than come home to crises or a gazillion emails,” I counter when

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Barbie at 57

Currently there is a lot of hubbub about Barbie, the quintessential doll with the grown up figure and the perpetually pointed toes. Created by Mattel in 1959, the original version will be fifty-seven years old next month.  That’s a lot

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Piano Practice

I took up piano in my fifties; and, while my brain understands such things as chords, rhythm, and staccato, my hands must work hard to play the music. It’s like learning a second language as an adult, except that you

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