Monthly Archives: August 2013

Thinking About James Coburn

The subject of famous celebrities from the Norfolk, Nebraska area came up in conversation the other day.  The easy one is Johnny Carson, from here in Norfolk. Tom Brokaw is from Yankton, South Dakota. There are a batch of them … Continue reading

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Tacky Plastic …Floral Friday

People have mixed reactions to artificial flowers.  Today, polyester silk flowers dominate the world of amateur and professional artificial flower arranging.  Silk flowers actually have a proud history.  The Chinese have created silk flowers for centuries.  Italy chimed in at … Continue reading

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The Beatles Play Candlestick

I owned most of their records just the same as the vast majority of Beatles fans.  I remember seeing them on teevee a few times. I still recall their first American televised appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show”.  But I … Continue reading

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Goethe

I was first introduced to the name “Goethe” in my sophomore high school German language class.  The textbook spelled his name as “Johann Wolfgang von Göthe”. The name was used as an example of the very common German diphthong “ö”, … Continue reading

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Helping

Jorge had collapsed from weakness in his legs and asked that I help him get off the floor.  I needed to think quickly about how to get him up without hurting him or myself. I crouched behind him, reached around … Continue reading

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American Savage (Review)

One of the books I wish had been written 30 years ago is the Dan Savage title I picked up the other day. American Savage: Insights, Slights, And Fights On Faith, Sex, Love, And Politics has the verve and frankness … Continue reading

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Métamorphose

The sky is dark with a scattering of starlight as I sit here pondering changes.  The week promises to reveal plenty of changes.  The tweak of fully healthy to a slight case of the sniffles might further metamorphose into a … Continue reading

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