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Buyer’s Remorse: Hasta La Vista Boris!

https://youtu.be/zwugzdU1G-0 I don’t watch many Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.  Unlike a lot of people, I’ve never been much of a fan, either in his Mr. Universe, his entertainment, or his political, careers. And I really only recognize two quotes from his movies.  One is “Hasta La Vista (See ya’ Later), Baby.”  (Voted #76 in the American Film Institute’s… Continue reading Buyer’s Remorse: Hasta La Vista Boris!

Book Club, Culture, Education, Family, Farming, Love, Uncategorized

Blessings from the Great Beyond: The Machine That Thinks Like a Man

A few months ago, I was invited, by someone I've known slightly online for a number of years, to join a book club.  Rather trepidatiously, I agreed, with the stipulation that I couldn't be much involved for several weeks due to some personal commitments around the same time as their weekly online meetings, commitments which… Continue reading Blessings from the Great Beyond: The Machine That Thinks Like a Man

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Portrait of a Woman: According to a Pole

Wisława Szymborska, who was born in 1923, was a Pole, a reformed socialist, and an extraordinary poet who (very deservedly) won the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature.  The citation read, in part, that she composed “poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.”… Continue reading Portrait of a Woman: According to a Pole

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A “Fully-Documented” Alien Dares to Comment on “A Great American Novel”

Almost 60 years ago, somewhere early in 1964 to be exact, my family and I were living in a crummy little apartment building on Babcock Street in Brookline, Massachusetts.  We'd been in the USA for only a few months, having arrived three weeks before JFK was shot.  I was in the fourth grade, attending Edward… Continue reading A “Fully-Documented” Alien Dares to Comment on “A Great American Novel”

Farming, Humor, Politics, Uncategorized

Cluckservative?

Surely you remember the word?  It was coined a few years ago to define establishment Republicans who--according to those more edgy--had failed themselves, their constituents, and their country, and were headed--following the 2016 election of Donald Trump--into oblivion. Well, almost. The word was CUCK-servative.  What Lewis Carroll would have called a "portmanteau" word, derived from… Continue reading Cluckservative?

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There Are Moments When I Can’t Help But Chuckle

One of them happened last night, when Fox News Bad Boy Tucker Carlson referred to Jacinda Ardern as "that squeaky little woman with the weird teeth who runs New Zealand." Let's be clear:  I hold no animosity towards Jacinda Ardern, although I find her country's "Zero Covid" policy utterly ridiculous.  I can't remember the first… Continue reading There Are Moments When I Can’t Help But Chuckle

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September Song

Oh, it's a long, long while From May to December, And the days grow short When you reach September.... Well, here we are again.  Almost at the autumnal equinox (which happens this year on September 22), that time of year when the the Sun hangs directly above the equator and day and night (which have… Continue reading September Song

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Book Review by Seawriter: A Famous German Scientist and His British Fans

Albert Einstein was one of the twentieth century’s great men, vying with Winston Churchill for the title of “Man of the Century.” In addition to his scientific theories, he was an accomplished musician and a noted pacifist. He was an Anglophile. He was also an assassin’s target in the 1930s. Einstein on the Run: How… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Famous German Scientist and His British Fans