Category Archives: Original Writing

An Introduction to Book Collecting

Book collecting long predates the printing press.  Egyptian papyri and ancient Greek and Roman manuscripts were prized by medieval collectors.  Thomas Jefferson amassed a large library in the formative years of this country. If you find yourself being drawn to collecting books for the first time, here are some basic facts that can serve as

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Do You Like Apples?

This afternoon I was out spraying apple trees.  Between me and my neighbor, we have five apple trees of different varieties.  Mine are just maturing; hers are prolific. This looks like a good year for apples.  The complication is about the time my trees matured and started bearing fruit in quantity,  I realized I really

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Some Thoughts on Raising Children

“Teach your children well,” Crosby, Stills and Nash It’s not easy raising children today. Although I don’t have kids myself, I learned all about modern child-rearing by observing my best friend and her offspring. Like when I dropped by and was met at the door by her then-four-year-old daughter.  “Me Butt-head,” she proudly proclaimed, a

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Some Tips on Collecting Autographs

Here are some practical tips on collecting autographs from my days as an editor in the collectibles business. Who wouldn’t like to have a memento from their favorite movie star or sports hero? But the problem with collecting everyday items is verifying authenticity. If someone claims to have a shirt that once belonged to Elvis, how

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What to Do For Earth Day

If you’ve seen today’s Google Doodle, you know it’s Earth Day.  BTW, I took the quiz, and I came up Wolly Mammoth  — technically extinct, but someday I could be cloned! Speaking of Earth Day, there is one project I’ve always wanted to try.  I think it would be fun to have a butterfly garden.  There

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The Comedy of Tragedy

The formula is Tragedy + Time = Comedy. I first became aware of this when I heard about comedian Tig Notaro and how she turned her diagnosis of breast cancer into a comedy routine. Regular readers know my own mother died last Sunday, April 12th. The further away from that date, the more the sorrow

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