“Malaise” Is the Word

I recently marked a birthday.  My 63rd, to be exact.  When I was very small, there was always a cake and candles, with a toy or two.  When I got a bit older, birthdays lost their luster, because our family couldn’t afford much fanfare.  As my mother became increasingly incapacitated, there weren’t even cakes anymore. Continue reading ““Malaise” Is the Word”

Speaking of Infrastructure…

[At this writing, President Biden had proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure package that would affect multiple aspects of Americans’ lives, not just roads, bridges, railways, and ports.] We live in a relatively old neighborhood.  Most of the houses are century homes, with styles ranging from Victorian to Italianate to Craftsman to plain old Colonial, eachContinue reading “Speaking of Infrastructure…”

Cynics ‘R’ Us

Now I’ve heard [almost] everything:  there’s a Walmart radio commercial playing in our area that touts the company’s affiliation with local food banks.  Apparently, purchases of selected items translate to contributions from Walmart to said food banks.  Also, they’re collecting direct donations in their stores.  This, when the company benefits from government giveaways of upContinue reading “Cynics ‘R’ Us”

Razing the Vatican

*************************************************BREAKING NEWS**************************************** April 15, 2021 – Planetary News Corp. International mining consortium Devour, Inc., has just announced its discovery of a sizable deposit of rare-earth element lutetium, used in petroleum cracking.  This metallic substance is the least common of all such elements, making the find an immensely valuable one.  The lutetium is located about 50Continue reading “Razing the Vatican”

Let’s Ditch the Giant Foam Fingers

“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” – UCLA Bruins football coach Henry Russell (“Red”) Sanders (then quoted by Vince Lombardi) “There is no such thing as second place.  Either you’re first or you’re nothing.” – Gabe Paul “Second place is just the first place loser.” – Dale Earnhardt It’s no coincidence that all ofContinue reading “Let’s Ditch the Giant Foam Fingers”