Here’s to the year 2020!

Two major events (well, more than that, but two that are primary in pushing me back into business) happened in my life over the past several months:

  1. My baby sister and her husband started an alpaca ranch—no, I don’t think that decision was based on a midlife crisis—and they asked me to help create a
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Song lyrics as writing

I suspect that few radio listeners make a habit of equating song lyrics to the stories in magazines, books, or memoirs.  (And, granted, the limited numbers of words and phrases in most songs would  not  help them make that association!)  However, occasionally, a well-written lyrical composition does manage to hit the airwaves and make  … continue reading

Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

I have never watched the new series Are you smarter than a 5th grader? but I understand it’s turned out to be quite a popular hit. For fun, the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, CA (east of San Francisco and Berkeley), recently asked two fifth-grade teachers to come up with a quiz for its  … continue reading

Daylight Saving Time changing on-and-off dates

Just an aside, but this article in the Washington Post (Thursday, February 1, 2007; page A-1) alleges that few folks know about (or remember) the extension of Daylight Saving Time that was approved by Congress in August 2005. The article’s author, Charles Babington, includes some history and a little trivia about this “American institution” while  … continue reading