Monthly Archives: October 2017

Visiting Longwood

I recently visited Longwood Gardens to explore on my own some of the newly-renovated areas I was too busy to see while volunteering. As part of my rounds, I stopped in to visit the staff member who is in charge … Continue reading

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Advertising Trickery

Why do advertisers always tout the upper range of anything desirable? (Because they’re advertisers. Duh!) They say a car will get up to 30 miles to the gallon. Does anyone bring one back, saying, “I want to return this. I … Continue reading

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Jake Leg

“Jake Leg,” by Dan Baum.  The New Yorker, 9/15/2003. I was talking with my neighbor, a young woman who was walking her dog, Jake. I told her “Jake” was an easy name to remember because a well-known blues song is … Continue reading

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Nikia Phoenix

Back in June 30, 2014, I wrote about a Cadillac Escalade commercial that featured Nikia Phoenix, a freckle-faced blackish woman playing the role of an Egyptian princess in the opening fraction of a second. But it was enough. In one … Continue reading

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Witch Hazel

Let me be clear from the start—I know almost nothing about plants. The little I do know comes from spotty observation, but my knowledge is paper-thin.  Those who know me would laugh at any of my attempts to sound scholarly … Continue reading

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Weather Forecasting By Flag

I put up a flag every morning that I can see from the window next to my computer where I spend a significant part of every day. My initial idea was to put up a weather vane, but I could … Continue reading

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Confusing the Role With the Actor

Years ago, I lived close enough to work that I could bike home for lunch. The young female clerical staff of our group ate a packed lunch in the building where they evidently had access to a TV set. We … Continue reading

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