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ETYMOLOGY: CAITIFF, VARLET PART 1

CAITIFFS! VARLETS! WHAT rare but appropriate words describing too many politicians these days. Merriam-Webster lists “caitiff” as an adjective meaning “cowardly, despicable.” It defines the noun ”varlet” as “attendant, menial; … Continue reading

July 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

NOSTALGIA? NOT!

A VINTAGE AD on Sirius XM’s “Radio Classics” reminds us of things not missed: The ad advised making sure we had enough flash bulbs for vacation. Flash Bulbs. What’s a … Continue reading

July 13, 2019 · 7 Comments

ON MANUAL DEXTERITY

EACH DAY I do tasks that the best of robots cannot yet accomplish: I grasp more than one object with one hand. In feeding our kitties, I manipulate cat bowl, … Continue reading

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

PULASKI ET AL.

I GREW UP on Pulaski Avenue, next to which were Sowinski and Kosciuszko Aveunes in Cleveland, Ohio. A fine ethnic neighborhood, that, with St. Casimir’s church and school just across … Continue reading

July 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

CONTRAIL HAZARDS

“AIRCRAFT CONTRAILS ARE actually government-dictated medications sprayed in the atmosphere to control people’s minds!” Whoa, are the wackos at it again? You don’t think so? Ha! Clearly, the chemtrail drugs … Continue reading

July 10, 2019 · 5 Comments

COMMUNICATION CADENCE

EACH LANGUAGE has a cadence. English, for example, has its noble example of classic iambic pentameter—five beats to a line, unstressed syllables followed by stressed ones. Consider Marlowe’s line from … Continue reading

July 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

SUNSPOT RESEARCH—FROM BASIC COUNTS TO DEEP WITHIN

EVERY 11 YEARS or so, our Sun churns itself into creating a wealth of spots and ejecting immense bursts of energy. These sunspots and solar storms have an effect on … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment