The Dilemma of the Modern Coffee Table

The pile of magazines on the coffee table needed straightening. It was cleaning day. As I squared up the edges of the three piles, I remembered reading that when magazines (periodicals) were becoming popular in the 1800s, wealthy people placed them neatly on their coffee tables so guests would think they were sophisticated. It didn’t … Continue reading "The Dilemma of the Modern Coffee Table"

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The Learning Experience We Called Play Day

We could barely contain ourselves. No one was talking but all of our squirming and desk drumming still made it noisy in the fifth-grade classroom. Even a stern around-the-room glare from Miss Schlegelmilch only quieted us down for a few minutes. We had finally reached the biggest day of the year. It was that special … Continue reading "The Learning Experience We Called Play Day"

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Contests Could Calm Vaccination Procrastination

Are we reaching the end of the pandemic? Maybe not quite yet, but we’re definitely getting to the point where those that have been immunized are not as concerned or cautious. We’re still wearing masks in stores but not outside.  Even Catherine, who usually has to remind me to wear a mask when we go … Continue reading "Contests Could Calm Vaccination Procrastination"

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Looking for the Exits from a Strange Spring

The screens were brushed clean and reinstalled allowing fresh air to clear the house of winter’s stale air. The echoes from the gun range filled our ears once again. Spring had arrived – for a very short visit. That was a couple weeks ago. Since those heady two days of 70-80 degrees, we’ve gone back … Continue reading "Looking for the Exits from a Strange Spring"

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