This Seems Reasonable

I occasionally get spam voice mails to my Google phone. It's not a number I answer so the i only hear the message when I play the recording. I got one the other day. Here's the transcript: "I'm charged $1,499. We noticed some suspicious activity on your account. So we...

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“Old Age Ain’t No Place for Sissies”

This quote, often attributed to the great actress Bette Davis came up in conversation today with a friend I have known for over 50 years. He was going through the litany of miseries he is suffering from cancer and the various treatments for it. The most radical...

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Alternative Meat

Except for a brief period in my idealistic youth when I became a vegetarian, I've enjoyed eating meat. I enjoy the taste, the texture, the smell of meat of all kinds. I've eaten game I've shot when I used to hunt. Dove, pigeon, quail, deer, rabbit, squirrel. For most...

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Joy Sorrow Fear Anger

  3 weeks and 1 day ago, our first grandchild was brought into the world. This made us gloriously happy. But it was accompanied by a deep sadness. Because of the pandemic we have had to put off indefinitely flying out to visit our grandson, daughter, and...

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Reviews of Free Zoom Alternatives

Brief Reviews of Free Video Conferencing Platforms After using a licensed version of Zoom for a month, I began casting about for free alternatives that would satisfy the basic needs of a couple group meetings that we participate in regularly. Don't get me wrong. I...

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Two Poems from Youth

I don't know what has possessed me to post these poems. I have no way to judge their quality. I had a youthful desire to be a poet and wrote a many of them and shared some in readings, and in now long forgotten anthologies. At some point I packed up that dream and...

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Minding Mindfulness

I’ve been a card-carrying member of the Humboldt Skeptics for many years (actually we have no cards or even a formal organization). I even attended a national skeptics conference in Las Vegas back in 2013. So, I pride myself in questioning things that...

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Listen Up! A Cornucopia of Podcasts

Back in 2009, I wrote about podcasts and how much I liked them. I felt compelled to because I'd been listening to podcasts for years already and had gained so much from them. Surprisingly, most of the shows I listed back then are still around and several...

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The Perils and Joys of Twitter

I'm an early adopter of Twitter and I really liked it when I started. Then I sort of just forgot about it for a couple years. I can't really explain my neglect. I think I just got distracted by exploring all the other tools that developed, including, the Facebook...

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