Archives in Category: Things to Ponder

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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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Reflections

It’s been almost ten years since we visited some of the ports on this cruise; with the exception of the rebuilding of Grand Cayman, I was disappointed in what the decade has brought. Back then, the ships docked at local

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St. Maarten

My favorite Caribbean island is St. Maarten because it represents what collaboration can do.  Sixty percent of the land belongs to the French with the capital at Marigot.  The other forty percent belongs to the Dutch with the capital at

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Musings on Being Dangerous

Yesterday’s flight from Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale was uneventful once I got through the extra-diligent security check. But it got me thinking. My experience could be compared to the current questions regarding allowing Syrian refugees, or any other refugees, into

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