Monthly Archives: March 2006


The neighborhood squirrels like to hide black walnuts in our yard. I’m not sure where the nearest black walnut tree even is. Today one of them left something behind on the deck railing after its breakfast—sort of a nature morte. The critter’s got a good eye.

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Laura sent an e-mail to a mutual friend, letting him know about a Terry Jones show on TV this week, The Story of One. Here’s what she got back: Ah yes, one. It’s given us all a lot of trouble. First the Jews turned it into a religion. Then the Christians showed up and kept calling […]

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My buddy over at Newsrack Blog has an interesting post on regrets from folks who initially supported the Iraq invasion (including himself). I give them all a lot of credit. It’s not easy to admit a mistake. But what mistake is it? Doing it, or not doing it right? Some of us continue to occupy […]

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It’s so nice to stumble on some good news. I think I’ll sit back and enjoy it … While I’m at it, I’ll let a bloggy smile turn into a good laugh (“stuart”’s comment)—as long as I don’t tip my chair back too far and end up on the floor.

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Now that warrantless wiretaps have apparently become part of the American way of life, can physical searches without a warrant be far behind? “Oh, wow—I’ve been looking for this for a week!” [Cartoon by Andrey Bilzho] (who? here!)

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Why would a play that ran successfully in London and was headed for New York City suddenly have the rug pulled out from under it? Rachel Corrie, a young American peace activist, died three years ago beneath an Israeli bulldozer in front of a Palestinian pharmacist’s house in Gaza. She was 23 years old, and she left […]

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Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin has introduced a resolution to censure the President of the United States over his illegal wiretapping activities. Feingold deserves all the support we can give him. If you ever wanted to cosponsor a Senate bill, here’s your chance. (Don’t let your desire for impeachment stop you.) Bonus link: coverage of […]

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Boy, that last entry (“Shifting”) was a stinker, wasn’t it? In the meantime I stumbled upon the Big Guy‘s blog, and I can’t figure out whether it validates the effort of all us myriad scribblers* or invalidates it.** __________ *I mean, if He does it … **What’s left to say, really?

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A friend at work gave me an old bicycle (a Giant—that’s the name, don’t blame me). After I added a few essentials for commuting safely (rear-view mirror, front and back lights, etc.), the bike was ready to serve as a backup to my old Trek hybrid (which badly needs a new middle chain ring—on order […]

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The local PBS station is begging for money again, and to get our attention they’re running old episodes of Julia Child‘s The French Chef. Last Saturday she made several dishes using potatoes. It was the first installment, apparently, from 1963— “in glorious black and white,” as they say. She didn’t manage to flip the first […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman