Category Archives: Writers and Writing

Writing For a Living

Thank goodness I don’t have to write for a living. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Those that do often teach to pay the rent, to have a reliable income, or they spend a lot of time tooting their own … Continue reading

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Train Didn’t Stop at Dundalk

I must have had a reputation for collecting odd stories for a long time. This is one of my favorites recently rediscovered as a clipping in my attic someone had sent me, but no indication of who sent it, or … Continue reading

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The Saga of Dartos Tunic

“The Saga of Dartos Tunic,” by David A. Soskis, Yale Medical School, Class of 1968. “Smile A While,” Journal of the American Medical Association, 9/11/1967. (Clipping found in attic.) In the land of Genitalia, in another century Where the branches … Continue reading

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Mike Royko On Leering

(Mike Royko, 1932-1997, was a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune whose column was reprinted in our local newspaper. I found this yellow clipping saved from many years ago in my attic. Here it is in its entirety, as closely … Continue reading

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Garrison Keillor On Death, Funerals, and Military Service

In his recent Online column, Garrison Keillor has a great quote: My goal is to live long enough so that nobody who comes to my funeral remembers me. Sounds like a good goal to me, and better than most. Then, … Continue reading

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We All Need To Think Like Lawyers

“Low-carb diet linked to earlier death, study says,” by Ashley May.  USA Today, 8/18/2018. This study, called by its senior author of the original scientific publication,  “the most comprehensive study of carbohydrate intake.” The research compared data from over 15,400 … Continue reading

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For the Love Of Books

“The Stack,” by Kathryn Schulz. The New Yorker, 3/25/2019. Schulz, one of my favorite New Yorker authors who I’ve quoted here before, describes how her parents stored books when she was growing up, and I immediately recognized similarities (and differences) … Continue reading

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