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Isn’t this fun! I was reminded of  these ladies and their irrepressible attitudes… I am dressed up for the theater of my life every day… by a more serious article that just arrived on Art and Letters Daily. The lede runs, … Continue reading

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The Heroic Absurdity of Dan Brown

The heroic absurdity of Dan Brown. This review from The Guardian is currently linked on Arts and Letters Daily, a site I visit regularly.  The author, Clive James, does a wonderful job of balancing snobbish literary disdain and appreciation for … Continue reading

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Soft Language

Browsing through Arts and Letters Daily, I found this article: Banished Words, Is slang the natural evolution of language, or just a ginormous trickeration of all that is sensible?  The ALD article reminded me of this routine by the late … Continue reading

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Body and Soul

A Japanese exchange student lived with us for almost a year, and attended the local secondary school. There he met students whose families had immigrated to Canada from many different countries… cultures and languages he probably would have not met … Continue reading

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Olympic Medals for Art

  I stopped writing about the Olympics for a few days because I was starting to find the Olympics themselves so tedious.   I watch the premiere events every day, but the excitement about who wins what and which country … Continue reading

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Archie’s Chair

Chairs have not changed much through history. I suppose they are an improvement over sitting cross-legged or squatting on the ground, and sitting on a bench for prolonged periods can be very uncomfortable. But… In the past few weeks I … Continue reading

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Immortality: empathy, mindfulness, and gratitude

Stephen Cave’s Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization investigates whether it just might be possible to live forever and whether we should want to. But it also makes a powerful argument, which is that it’s … Continue reading

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