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Baffled as a Buffalo

August 17, 2014

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My childhood was filled with peculiar sayings and expressions. I heard them so many times that I was sure they must have meant something, and equally sure that I was just too dumb to know what it was. Most of these phrases were employed by adults who, in the way of the mid-twentieth century, strove […]

Listen Carefully

August 1, 2014

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Here’s a thing I’ve noticed. It has to do with accents, but the theory can be applied to a lot of other things, as well: The farther away we are from a place, the more everything seems to look and sound the same. I’ll give you an example, because so far you have no idea what […]

Perfectly Unbelievable

February 24, 2014

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I am wounded by insincerity, and by honesty delivered too late. This goes for my own behavior, as well as that of others, although if I’m the one guilty of guile, I seem to get over it much faster. When I was a junior in high school, I developed what I thought was a close […]

The Well-Dressed Post

November 28, 2012

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At a recent Thanksgiving dinner, someone asked if I would pass the dressing. Growing up where I did, I was more used to the term stuffing. To me, dressing is that gloppy mixture you pour over salad. But I’m sophisticated and worldly, and I knew almost immediately what she was talking about. Also, there was […]

‘Twas the Night Before School Starts

August 30, 2010

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‘Twas the night before school starts, and all through the town, Not a teacher was sleeping, just thrashing around. Thoughts of the classroom brought a tear to each eye, And all of them wished it could still be July. The students, meanwhile, were doing just fine, Texting and talking and typing online. Yet they, too, […]

Looking Down On Subtitles

June 24, 2010

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I read a lot. At any given time, I may have four or five books going at once. So when I watch a movie, I want to sit back and be lazy. Having to frantically read subtitles doesn’t seem relaxing. Now I realize that sometimes they may be unavoidable. Foreign films are made in another […]