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A First Book at 65 – Why not?

September 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments

It’s never too late to follow a life’s dream, as writer Shelley Buck discovers. All my life I’ve known I wanted to write books. But there were other things: a child, a husband, a house to buy, work to attend to, dirty dishes, even. Also, I’m shy, and even though I was a feminist, a […]

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Tags: American Dreams

A Tale of Two Pies

February 21st, 2011 · No Comments

I peek at Twitter periodically, but haven’t done so steadily. In the last weeks, that’s changed. I’ve been glued to the Twitter feed on my iPod Touch since the democracy protests heated up in Egypt. Ironically, I first signed up for Twitter some years back because I had heard a tale about a journalist who […]

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Tags: It's about time! · Science and Technology

Leveraging Christmas

December 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Things are tight this year, so I’m going to take a tip from Wall Street. Usually I send gifts to charity in honor of relatives living far away. Doing this costs fewer trees and is far healthier for the recipient than lofting another calorie-laden package of designer chocolate into the mail for Uncle Rich or […]

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Tags: Thinking like Wall Street

Facing up to Facebook?

May 13th, 2010 · No Comments

I have two pieces of information that I haven’t acted upon. A relative has indicated that she is now on Facebook. And so has a professional organization. I haven’t heard much from the relative lately. I suspect there are more frequent communications on her Facebook page. But I haven’t looked. Suppose I “friend” her? Will […]

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Tags: It's about time! · Science and Technology

Oil Spills and Mine Disasters?

May 11th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Isn’t it time we figured out some alternatives to oil and coal? (For those of you suggesting nuclear plants as a substitute, I suggest you rent “China Syndrome” at the video store and watch it, or acquire some penpals living around Chernobyl and get their opinions. ) We can do better for ourselves and the […]

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Tags: American Grotesque · It's about time! · Science and Technology

Resolutions: When I’m 65…

January 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I have decided that 65 is the new 30. Age 30 was a watershed.  Age 65 or thereabouts will be one too. Many of us who after 30 “got serious,” raised our children, bought a house, and worked at jobs we may not always have loved to try to hang onto it, get another chance. […]

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Tags: It's about time!

Firefighting, the Public Option

August 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Why can’t health care be more like firefighting? Firefighters, you did great. California’s Lockheed Fire, which extended over more than 12 square miles,  is 100% contained.  It took the labor of thousands of you to battle back the blaze before it spread to homes, injured people, and destroyed farms. Although outbuildings and some seasonal cabins […]

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Tags: Fire Watch · It's about time! · Science and Technology

Following Fire on Twitter

August 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Citizen journalism has taken leaps since last year. We are living in some smoke today, but safe. The big Santa Cruz County wildfire you have probably seen on the news remains  miles off and over the ridge.  I know, because I can see it on the Internet. I found this  link to a satellite  fire […]

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Tags: Fire Watch · It's about time! · Science and Technology

Bierce is Back

July 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In the age of instant messaging, trends in literature which have lain dormant since the telephone began to jangle are again awakened. Constrained by length limits of 140 characters, we turn for literary inspiration to the past–this time to the golden age of the telegraph–when users paid by the word and changed language by writing […]

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Tags: Science and Technology

Middle Class Becomes Twittering Class?

February 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Huffington Post does it. Raw Story does it. Obama does it, and so too, reportedly, do Republicans like Karl Rove. They all use Twitter. Twitter is software which allows a registered member to send out very brief messages to others, either from twitter.com’s website or from a cell phone. Recipients can get the messages either […]

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Tags: It's about time! · Science and Technology