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A Popularity Contest
Saturday, September 07, 2019      6 comments

I am a member of a Spark Team and everyone is voting for the best Spark Pages. I am a bit upset about this. It's occupied my mind for a few days. I can understand the concept of a friendly competition to become healthier. I can understa... Read more
Tater Tots
Monday, September 02, 2019      7 comments

I just got Tater Tots for the first time in my life. I never used them when my children were young; in fact I don't think I was particularly aware of them. They were not around in my childhood and I never had to eat in a cafeteria until I wa... Read more
"Are We Still Here"
Saturday, July 27, 2019      4 comments

Are We Still Here? Between the woodpile and the window a line of small black ants is moving, some to the north, some to the south. Their constant industry is admirable, as are their manners when they pause in meeting to exchan... Read more
The Road by Dana Gioia
Wednesday, July 24, 2019      4 comments

The Road by Dana Gioia He sometimes felt that he had missed his life By being far too busy looking for it. Searching the distance, he often turned to find That he had passed some milestone unaware, And someone else was walking nex... Read more
"A Flower for the Graves"
Monday, October 29, 2018      2 comments

Gene Patterson's most famous column: 'A Flower for the Graves' BY EUGENE PATTERSON · This column by Eugene Patterson, then editor of the Atlanta Constitution, was originally published in that paper on September 16, 1963 and was read alou... Read more
Why I Am a Liberal: by Lori Gallagher Witt
Sunday, October 28, 2018      7 comments

Evidently, several iterations back this was started by a woman named Lori Gallagher Witt, the brilliance is hers: An open letter to friends and family who are shocked to discover I'm a liberal... I've always been a liberal, but that doesn't... Read more
October
Saturday, October 13, 2018      6 comments

Timothy Murphy Three Loves in Autumn Vermont’s hillsides are clad in maples, farmsteads in Chapman’s apples, cheddar and milk are staples, and September sunshine dapples yellow and russet maples. Wind curries Dakota... Read more
My Truepenny
Monday, October 08, 2018      4 comments

Obituary for Prof. Mark Edward Conroy . Mark Edward Conroy, age 66, Emeritus Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on October 4th in Columbus. Mark was born in ... Read more
Intriguing poem: TRIGGER for food references
Sunday, October 07, 2018      0 comments

Ice Cream for I Scream BY MARK WALDRON It’s summer, and just the sunniest of afternoons. Outside the sanatorium, in the arboretum, the attendees are served their teas. The strudel is toothsome when Herr Stumpf, from t... Read more
Martha Graham to Agnes DeMille
Sunday, October 07, 2018      11 comments

Martha Graham said to Agnes DeMille-- words, I think, of singular wisdom and beauty: "There is a vitality, a life-force , a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expre... Read more
"Natural Causes" by Barbara Ehrenreich
Tuesday, April 24, 2018      4 comments

I've long enjoyed the spiky caustic and well-informed commentary of Barbara Ehrenreich. I'm reading her latest book, "Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves To Live Longer." She writes about... Read more
"The Germs That Love Diet Soda": An Important Read
Friday, April 06, 2018      8 comments

Reprinted OPINION The Germs That Love Diet Soda New York Times By Moises Velasquez-Manoff Mr. Velasquez-Manoff is a science writer. ... Read more
The switch clicked.....
Thursday, March 29, 2018      11 comments

“It's like a switch, clickin' off in my head. Turns the hot light off and the cool one on, and all of a sudden there's peace.” ― Tennessee Williams, C... Read more
Help Me Find the Diet I Want?!
Monday, March 19, 2018      14 comments

Dear Readers, I want this diet: 1) I want to have about .25 up to perhaps .50 cups of whole milk each day (mostly in my tea) 2) ... Read more
Intermittent Fasting: First Impression
Monday, March 19, 2018      9 comments

I am a diabetic, type 2. I was diagnosed in September of 1999 at which point I was put on Metformin (Glucophage), an oral medication. I don't seem to ha... Read more

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