Category Archives: general interest

a note to the Tooth Fairy

        *****************************************************     Tooth   Re: Tooth Amount of money: $5.00   Tooth Fairy (Mommy) — Directions; 1. Take tooth; 2. Leave cash (no checks please) Hint: look under pillow. Only stupid people don’t get this. … Continue reading

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kudos

    Writers hunger for understanding and appreciation (as well as readers). A few readers of this blog, besides disagreeing (often vehemently) with my point of view, as reflected in some of my posts, have also critiqued my writing. I … Continue reading

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subject-verb DISagreement

    ” ‘The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments,’ Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said via Twitter on Monday evening.” — “Protestors in North Carolina topple Confederate statue … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman, “Jaunt up the Hudson”

    “Jaunt up the Hudson” June 20th.—ON the “Mary Powell,” enjoy’d everything beyond precedent. The delicious tender summer day, just warm enough—the constantly changing but ever beautiful panorama on both sides of the river—(went up near a hundred miles)—the … Continue reading

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grammar anyone?

      “white nationalists, counterprotestors, violently clash” — CNN     *****************************************************     There should not be a comma between “counterprotestors” and “violently.” The way it’s punctuated, it would appear that there is an apposition indicating that the white … Continue reading

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Leningrad

    “September and October are said to be the worst months of the year in Leningrad. A raw, damp wind blows in from the Gulf of Finland, fog and rain follow one another in a depressing succession of days, … Continue reading

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is it good to give to beggars?

    And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that … Continue reading

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