Category Archives: Original Writing

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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Last Night I Saved a Fairy

Last night I saw the musical Peter Pan at Wright State University.  It was based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie with all the traditional details — a colored light representing Tinker Bell, the role of Peter played by a young lady, and the audience clapping to save Tinker Bell after she drinks the

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When Utilities Go Bad

I got home yesterday after a long day of substitute school teaching (middle school French, that’s all you need to know), turned on the faucet at the kitchen sink and… Nothing. Panicked, I tried the hall bathroom. Nothing there either. A broken line?  There were no puddles in the yard. Forgot to pay the water

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My Nemesis: The Touchscreen

Does anyone else have trouble with touchscreens?  I’m finding they’re pretty much everywhere — my phone, my iPod, my netbook computer… I once got a notebook computer and had to take it back; either I would touch it and nothing would happen (multiple times!) or it would open windows when my finger was still a

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