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Pet Peeves

Part I:  Customer Service, NOT [The subject under discussion today is, admittedly, trivial compared with the more critical problems this country faces 20 years into the new millennium.  Still, as it’s part and parcel of everyday life, and not in a good way, it’s worth a mention.] There probably isn’t a soul in this countryContinue reading “Pet Peeves”

Relapse

Spring has well and truly arrived in northeast Ohio.  Know how I can tell?  We had a snowstorm overnight and into this morning.  On April 21st.  Unless the warm-up happens at warp speed, we’re set to have a white Earth Day.  Poetic, I guess, as that day was established to bring attention to climate change. Continue reading “Relapse”

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”

But What Do They DO?

In a recent post, Australian blogger Caitlin Johnstone references an article in The New Yorker about the endless wars in which the U.S. engages.  In her essay, Johnstone ruminates on the sheer idiocy of the Army’s practice of shooting a howitzer into the Syrian desert “just to say we’re here.”  Leaving aside the expense ofContinue reading “But What Do They DO?”

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”

Respite

It’s Cleveland, it’s early April, and it’s77° as I write, heading for 80, same as yesterday.  The early daffodils are bloomed out, as is the weeping cherry on the treelawn.  The ornamental pear tree has burst into a cloud of white.  Golden pussywillow catkins are heaped on the ground.  In our postage-stamp front yard, theContinue reading “Respite”

That Trapped Feeling

In the 1983 film, The Dead Zone, Christopher Walken portrays a man who comes out of a coma and finds he has both telepathic and precognitive abilities.  Upon shaking hands with a Presidential candidate, Walken’s character perceives that the candidate will win the White House and will subsequently launch a nuclear attack on an enemy,Continue reading “That Trapped Feeling”

The Bliss of Rain

I love rain.  The more, the better.  Great torrents, sluicing down out of a gray sky, are deeply satisfying to me (not talking floods and mudslides here, naturally).  I never made any complaint about gearing up in boots, raincoat, and hat to trundle out to the bus stop and then from the corner downtown, alongContinue reading “The Bliss of Rain”

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