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I wonder if Elmore Leonard started out this way

Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in Palaver | 1 comment

For Christmas, my wife and I each presented the other the most diabolical jigsaw puzzle we could find – fully expecting to work on them together. But when she opened the 1500-piece puppies puzzle I purchased for her, I took one look and bailed out. She clicked home every last piece on her own, cursing me the entire time. Turnabout is fair play. Above...

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Decline and fall

Posted by on Mar 7, 2009 in Palaver |

A jackass named John Tassoni Jr., who is a Democratic state senator in Rhode Island, has introduced a bill that would create a youth sports oversight council that would, according to this CNN story, “act as mediator in disputes between parents of youth athletes and sports officials.” No word yet on whether Tassoni will propose a similar agency...

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In like a lion

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 in Palaver, Reading |

Ouch. February was truly a lame month for el blog. March will be much better. Random notes, some of which I’ll elaborate on soon in meatier posts: I came, I saw, I Kindled! Took delivery of my Kindle 2 the other night. I won’t issue a verdict until I’ve used it more, but my initial impression is very favorable. Amazon paid Apple-like...

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Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3*

Posted by on Feb 7, 2009 in Palaver | 4 comments

Economy in the terlet? Ice dams on the roof? Sure, but how can you not be an optimist when you look at the pic above? (Photo credit goes to a gent identified only as Les, who sent the image to my town’s hyper-local news site.) The sunrise shot was snapped Feb. 6 from Route 85 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and the snow- and ice-covered body of water...

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Cavalcade of excuses

Posted by on Jan 30, 2009 in Palaver, Writing | 1 comment

No blog posts for two weeks? Surely this demands a bullet list of half-assed excuses. Fortunately, half-assed excuses are a specialty. As are bullet lists, come to think of it. Twitter scratches the itch. A few months ago I joined Facebook, just like all the other day-late-dollar-short middle-aged doofuses. And like many of my fellow doofuses (doofi?), I...

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Books, lists, mortality

Posted by on Dec 28, 2008 in Palaver, Reading |

Years ago, when I left my cushy feature-writing job for the wilds of freelancing, one of the many benefits was the ability to see a movie by myself at 12:30 on a weekday afternoon (without lying to my boss, that is), a practice I loved, love, and will always love. After a year or so, in an effort to quantify and thus better appreciate this bennie, I began...

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