Monthly Archives: September 2020

The Best Charity to Give To?

The one that gets most of your donations to those in need: The Salvation Army, as usual. (They’ve been our preferred charity for decades.) Fact. All others have too many expenses and expensive CEOs.

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First Presidential Debate

Trump lost control quickly. Rude, bullying, lying. Over 100 interruptions and many non-answers. Was fact-checked as false many/most of the time by CNN’s fact-checker. Confirmed as a racist (again). Zero credibilty as usual. Dangerous and crazy overall. Chris Wallace–no control. … Continue reading

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A Classics Reading List for Jr. and Sr. High ELA Students

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Youngest Grandson, 5, on Phone Yesterday:

“So what do you miss about coming to our place? (pause) “COVID 19.”

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New England Trip Memory, Oct. 1991

(First trip) At Hyla Brook (title of a Robert Frost poem) at Robert Frost Farm, Derry, New Hampshire. A remarkable, memorable get-away while I was teaching at Scona. Age 42. (Colleagues told me That’s the trip I want to make … Continue reading

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Early Morning Walks, City

During those, if there is no wind and only golden sun from the east, things are lit up and sometimes ‘goldenized’. Then, this old favorite by Wordsworth from gr. 12 (’67), comes to mind…. Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, … Continue reading

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Another Interesting Edmonton Stroll Poet

Neil Meili. He’s a good guy and well-known south of the border on the cowboy poetry circuit. The following nostalgic poem, typical of Neil’s subject matter and style, is from his Fishing Old Wives Lake anthology. Grandma Brander When we … Continue reading

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“Born at the Right Time”

“Never been lonely Never been lied to Never had to scuffle in fear Nothing denied to Born at the instant The church bells chime And the whole world whispering Born at the right time” -Paul Simon, from Rhythm of the … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Movie Gem: “The Guns of Navarone”

As is often remarked, they don’t make ’em like they used to. (Incidentally, I’m appreciating the increased time at home the past 7 months to catch up on my classic movie viewing.) The Guns of Navarone from 1961 is an … Continue reading

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The Desire To Be Loved, Worshipped, and Adored

That covers a lot of people. I think the first part covers most people. Pretty basic. No question Trump wants to be worshipped and adored. But there are also many more decent people who wouldn’t mind the latter two and … Continue reading

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