Monthly Archives: December 2015


Tamir Rice was twelve. Twelve. He was playing with a pellet gun. My kids have played with toy guns: not pellet guns, but water pistols and Nerf guns. They are  brightly colored, but at least a few of them are shaped like … Continue reading

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What do words mean? I’m not sure I know anymore. Paul Ryan stated on Meet the Press (12/13/2015) that President Obama was a “polarizing President.” Polarizing? The man who threw away the advantage of having a Democratic Congress to work … Continue reading

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But of course.

Most years, several members of our family ask for impossible things on their Christmas list. One year, Railfan asked for a girlfriend and some C4. (We told him no, we weren’t going to get him the C4 since we were … Continue reading

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A friend of mine on Facebook said “Christmas should be a time to look at the world with wonder and excitement.” He’s right, of course, but this year that seems difficult. I partly feel alarmed at the state of the … Continue reading

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Echo chambers.

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Walt Kelly, Pogo. My siblings and I rarely talk about politics. We like each other, and we want to enjoy each other’s company, and we don’t see each other often enough to … Continue reading

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Terry Pratchett was right.

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even … Continue reading

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Usually, I listen to a variety of artists. Not for me the album — I’m more a Pandora-type person, except that would cede too much control to some computer that I don’t even know where it is. No, I’m the person … Continue reading

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