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Making Joy

I belong to a small book club that is just getting started. One of the group chooses something to read, we all get it...

I’m Back!

At 10:30 yesterday morning I was sitting in an empty classroom in PSU, smiling to myself. My class had just ended: we had had a very good discussion of the short story “Flowers for Algernon” in which a young man with some serious learning disabilities was used for a scientific experiment in creating intelligence by manipulating the brain through surgery.

Seniors in the Time of Corona

Later that day I heard Robs was closed to seniors, although this wasn’t confirmed. The day after that we were locked down and urgently told to stay home.

Diminished: Reflections on A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

He had somewhat unintentionally killed another young man who had done wrong by his sister and had fled Russia and was happily touring Europe when civil war broke out.

Medical Care in Puerto Princesa

My musings on medical care started with a friend whose husband is in a health crisis. His care is expensive and at this point...

Being Nice vs. Planning Efficiently. Or Could We have Both?

About 25 years ago, maybe more, my husband and I signed up to teach in Japan for two years. About a week before we...

Whistling in the Dark

The day the Ampatuans were convicted and sentenced to life in prison happens to be the same day that Donald Trump was officially impeached in Washington. My eldest grandson, a very promising journalist, was jubilant.

My Father on Facebook

My father didn't look quite right on Facebook, as several long time friends and relatives were quick to note. Imagine my surprise when I...