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A friend of mine in England deals with personal health issues, much of them derived from a long-known but little-understood virus, and blogged about life during the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic:


I keep thinking to myself that I could manage all this better if only the world would shut up about it for a bit. There is constant chatter and no real news and for people like me who are anxious and readily self-isolating, far too much frightening stuff designed to rein in the cavalier and the rebellious.


A while ago in talking to a friend about the mass media and the internet I mentioned that the difficulty isn’t finding information, it’s dealing with the firehose of messaging coming at you and filtering out that which is not only useful but true.


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The difference is that on this still, wintry day I’m not caught unaware and I suspect the enemy planes are enroute.

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Only one day left of this ridiculous campaign. Much as I love to have NPR on as I potter around the house, today I think I will maintain radio silence.

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I just sent this email to my coworker, who wants to go get coffee this morning: (more…)

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There’s a vast continent-sized island of plastic debris floating in the Pacific. Meanwhile, the polar bears are drowning in the Arctic for lack of ice floes. I suppose it would be prohibitively expensive, but what if we could fuse a lot of that Pacific debris into plastic floes cast adrift in the Arctic for the desperate bears to clamber up on and catch their breath?

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Last December my friend J visited form southern California. While he was here, a couple idiots out joyriding in the early hours rounded the corner of the nearest intersection too wide, skidded out of control, and slammed into his car, side-swiping it and plowing into a car parked in front of J’s. (more…)

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Bumperstickers

I don’t see as many bumperstickers as I did years ago. I suppose they do look ratty after a while, but some were pretty funny. I saw a car with two pretty good bumperstickers the other day, neither of which I had seen before.

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Amidst all of the chaos in the street riots in London, there’s something I really appreciate.  (more…)

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Criminal Jury Duty

 No, I don’t mean the duty is a crime (although if I had a gavel I’d lay down the law about getting chosen four times, believe you me) I’m referring to my second and third stints as a juror, once for attempted murder and the other time for indecent exposure. Yes, that’s right, indecent exposure(more…)

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 I’ve seen the car two days in a row now. Older, boxy economy car without hubcaps parked out at the end of the marina parking lot. The first sign it’s inhabited is the row of personal items lining the ledge below the back window. It’s parked near the abandoned RV park, as if seeking shelter by the trees, in the shade. (more…)

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