Category Archives: Miscellaneous

An Inconvenient Holiday

I read in the paper this report from the Associated Press about the inconvenience this year’s July 4 will place on holiday plans.  As the holiday falls on Wednesday, many people won’t get the benefit of an extended weekend.  It’s … Continue reading

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Prison Can Tell Us Something

I’m preparing my presentation on workforce ethics for tomorrow evening’s class at the house of corrections.  The class is Basics of a Job.  I’ll be going over stuff like filling out job applications and showing them various forms that they … Continue reading

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My First Night in Jail

As if I don’t have enough to do, a few months ago I consented to teach a ten-week course on work force ethics at the local house of corrections.  (Probably at some point I should be shot with stupid pills … Continue reading

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I Thought Music Was Supposed to Be Fun

A friend sent me to a link to an article which appeared in The New York Times several days ago.  It was on the Obama administration’s Race to the Top. Race to the Top is the latest federal effort to … Continue reading

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Presence for Presents

The Sunday Berkshire Eagle had loads of ads promoting Black Friday. The Lee Outlets proclaimed that their stores will open on Friday at 12:00 AM. Given that our economy is organized around consumer spending, Black Friday’s importance impacts our economy … Continue reading

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What I Want for Christmas

Christmas / holiday shopping. The displays have been in the stores for weeks. Catalogs are coming in the mail. I don’t watch television much so I can’t attest to holiday-themed commercials, but I suspect they’re becoming more frequent.  I think … Continue reading

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Reflecting Upon Veteran’s Day

This morning while driving around doing errands I was listening to a story on the radio about World War I veterans.  There are just a few left – one happens to hold the distinction of the oldest man alive in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Another Birthday

My birthday was last Wednesday, Aug. 10.  I turned 57 years old.  My major activity that day was prepping the exterior of my house for painting. Of course, turning 57 was not really traumatic as I didn’t feel any different … Continue reading

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Recipe for a Composed Chicken Salad (adapted from Ming Tsai)

I made a very easy and tasty composed chicken salad for dinner tonight.  The inspiration/idea came from Ming Tsai’s latest cookbook, One-Pot Cooking (or something like that). Basically, the salad is frisee with thinly sliced radishes, topped with slices of … Continue reading

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