Grace II

Monday, January 11, 2021 Grace In the second issue of this newsletter, I wrote a piece called “Grace,” about an old man, once a master pianist, struggling with a disconnect between his brain and his fingers on the keyboard, and the gentle encouragement of the audience at the coffeehouse willing…

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Legacy

Monday, December 7, 2020   Legacy Perhaps you will indulge me as I dedicate this issue to my mother, who died the week before Thanksgiving at the age of ninety-six. Some of you have already received this news, as I’ve notified close friends and relations. Any of you who were…

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Le Mot Juste

Saturday, November 21, 2020 Curmudgeons Curmudgeons are a curious species, generally defined as grumpy old men, and I think most of them are. But some are young and some are female. Some defy cataloguing. In particular, they do not suffer fools who dictate to the curmudgeons according to their agendas,…

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Natterings & Noodlings: Inventions

Thursday, October 1, 2020 Inventions We just can’t get away from them, now, can we? Alloys. As mentioned in previous newsletters, we create new things, new concepts, new relationships from the connections we make between inventions that came before us. From the “Creative Alloys” issue of my newsletter a month…

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Creative Alloys

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Creative Alloys My website designer, Mayur Gudka of Gudka Networks, cleverly prodded me to think deliberately about the text for each of my web pages. The more I thought about writing in particular, the more I realized that I want to kindle passion in others to…

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Pigs & Police

Saturday, August 15, 2020 The Upside and Downside of Pigs, Both Porcine and Human We see a lot of disparagement of law enforcement these days. It reminds some of us of the Viet Nam war protests back in the late 1960s, when the police were often called “pigs.” Don’t worry,…

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