Monthly Archives: May 2014

Who Are We?

My all-time favorite New Yorker cartoon is of a beagle standing among the clouds at the pearly gates of Doggie Heaven. He is looking up at a dog version of Saint Peter sitting at a desk. The beagle asks, “Is … Continue reading

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Women and Their Purses

I am not going to explain the origin of this question, but why would a woman take her purse into a colonoscopy examination?   Does she expect a sale on lubricating cream?  Will they maybe run out of toilet paper?  Is … Continue reading

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Individual Problems and Group Solutions

Not many years ago, the metal pop-top tabs from soda cans were everywhere. At any picnic area you could look down at your feet and see several, maybe hundreds, of these cluttering the ground. We were told to hold onto … Continue reading

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Voice Memory

“A Voice From the Past” by Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker, 5/19/2014 Many archived recordings of early speeches and music are deteriorating, not only those from recording studios, but those of chants and songs recorded in the field of aboriginal … Continue reading

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Shaving Brushes

Some of my postings are “throwaways”—short comments not expected to occupy more than a moment of your time—or about shaving, which is often what I have done immediately before writing a new post (see posting of 11/15/2013, the most recent … Continue reading

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Walking

“The Slow Death of Purposeless Walking” by Finlo Rohrer. BBC News Magazine 5/1/2014 “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget To Be Awesome

“The Green Revolution” by Alexandra Alter, Wall Street Journal, 5/16/2014 Are you puzzled by the success of the Harry Potter series?  Me, too. Are you puzzled by the current craze for the Hunger Games?  Me, too. Don’t feel bad for … Continue reading

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