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August 30, 2019

This post will be of interest to a very few of my friends/followers but i have to share.  At bridge this afternoon I had one of the most exciting hands I have ever had.  Seven diamonds headed by the A K Q J.  The AKQ of spades. A void. And an outside ace.  In other wor...

August 17, 2019

I've had a terrible week.  Could it be that my good luck charm was being cleaned?  Probably not, but I am much happier with him back around my neck.

Considering that there are 7000 varieties of dung beetles found on all continents except Antarctica, there is remark...

August 6, 2019

Yes, I wear my BE NICE button whenever I leave the house.  Yes, it forms the core of my platform.  I want to be Mayor so that I can make Corning a more caring community, one in which citizens look out for each other and their environment.  One in which we are all aware...

July 24, 2019

Today I wanted to read an article in the New Yorker, but I have exceeded my limit of free articles this month.  As I really, really wanted to read this article (which may be the topic of tomorrow's blog), I decided to bite the bullet and subscribe.  A dollar a week is...

July 23, 2019

As a teenager, I kept a diary in which I wrote religiously every day.  My diaries were one of the things my mother threw away when I was elsewhere.  And she wondered why I didn't like her very much.

Somewhere between 50 and 60 years on, I think I will revive the ha...

July 31, 2018

There is lots going on at the moment about the 2020 census and the citizenship question.

As someone who was a non-citizen for a lot longer than I have been a citizen, I don't see the problem.  I realize that our glorious leader and his minions think that this will trap...

July 1, 2018

Exerpted from my book A Better Way

GREED

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.

Bertrand Russell

Next is gree...

June 24, 2018

A Constitution for the 21st Century

The US Constitution has to change.  

Based on this Constitution the country has a dysfunctional Congress, a looming theocracy/plutocracy, huge wealth disparity, and an environmental disaster in the making. And that is just a short list...

June 13, 2018

Yesterday my very sweet older daughter timidly suggested that I might be depressed.  My other daughter wondered if I had been drinking.  Yes, and yes.

I have been barely sober since Trump was appointed.  And I become more depressed with every day that passes.  Two...

June 11, 2018

That is not a particularly "engaging title", but that is what I want to talk about.

For the past 8 years the Southern Tier of New York has been represented by Congressman Tom Reed.  I use the word ‘represented’ lightly as I have received nothing but an automated respons...

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