Overcome By Greed

Protests have been in the news – protests by people demanding that the Stay-At-Home orders be lifted. Interestingly, these protests seem sponsored by big money; many of the protesters have been traveling the protest circuit, railing against state governments that don’t ally themselves with our Cheetoh Dictator in Washington. Most of these protests have also […]

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An Emergency Move

Things came to a head last week: our 17+ year-old clothes washing machine was acting up in ways that were worrisome. T, ever the consummate troubleshooter, looked up the problem online. “Oh no,” she exclaimed. “It sounds like the main bearing is shot. We could replace it, but it would cost at least as much […]

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Going Postal

There’s been a move afoot for years to privatize the US Postal Service. Mandated in the Constitution itself (Article 1, Section 8, for those who need verification), the US Postal Service can only be dismantled by a major, concerted effort, including a constitutional convention — and that effort is well underway. In recent years, Republican-controlled […]

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Little Adjustments

We all know life is weird right now. Things are by necessity different, and we’re all doing our best to cope. Some are coping better than others, but that’s another tale for another time. I’m managing to keep it together, at least for now. I do the grocery shopping for our household, and man, that […]

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Bingeing on Weirdness

Like most people these days, I’ve occasionally been struggling to find things with which to occupy my time during isolation. We subscribe to Roku, so there’s a whole slew of interesting stuff to watch there. There’s a great deal of boring, silly, and just plain awful stuff there, too, but that’s no different from any […]

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Underfoot

I used to be strictly a dog person. I grew up with dogs around the house, and their warm, unconditional love was a comfort. It wasn’t until I moved away after high school that I first encountered house cats, and boy, my life has changed a lot since then. The most recent cats to enter […]

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Apocalyptic Tango

Well, we”re in it now, aren’t we? It’s been said for years that a global pandemic is only a matter of time, and this year the clock ran out. Now that we’ve started washing our hands compulsively, what else do we do? 1. Don’t panic. I saw people at my local Costco two weeks ago […]

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DON’T Steal This Book!*

Occasionally, memes go by on Facebook or Twitter regarding ways to support authors. This does not necessarily mean every and all authors, mind you — just ones whose work you enjoy. It has never been more important to do so now; with conventions cancelling and postposing their events because of conrona virus fears– events that […]

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Dispersing the Hoard

A self-help guru named Marie Kondo has come under fire for her philosophy regarding clutter and possessions. Basically, she’s in favor of getting rid of everything you don’t really need – the “need” part being the element with which people seem to take issue. The main idea of her theory is to get rid of […]

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