Join Jim and Greg as they react to NBC’S Chuck Todd predicting a “shellacking” if poll numbers for Democrats continue to sink. They cover an admission by the U.S. State Department that it is unable to evacuate most Americans ahead of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And they roll their eyes at Jen Psaki’s recommendations for stress relief after a frustrating week for Democrats.

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There are many of us who encourage people to keep fighting those on the Left with all our might. And there are those who simply are living their lives quietly and not paying a whole lot of attention to current events. And finally, there are those who say fighting back, at this point, is a […]

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I know I should drop my animus against search engines. But…nah! I remain irked that they kept insisting, when I wanted to know how many people were in ICUs or intensive care, that what I really wanted to know was how many people were in Iceland or Indonesia. To search engines’ credit, however, they will […]

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Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde: The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means. I have often failed to find this line funny because I find it so easy to think of it as just a straightforward statement of how fiction should be written. Plato’s Republic […]

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Surf’s Up: Rest In Peace, Don Wilson

 

Don Wilson, the last surviving founder and guitarist of pioneering surf-rock group The Ventures, has died at 88, his representative confirmed to USA TODAY.

“Don was an inspiration and mentor. He was a unique talent that inspired countless musicians like us,” read a statement posted to the band’s social media pages and confirmed by representative Sandra Abrahamian Spalding. “We lost a good friend, fellow musician, world class performer, and beloved bandmate. Don Wilson has left the stage. We will miss him always.”

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The following discussion is not meant in any way shape or form to detract from the insight or wisdom offered by either past or present contributors of “Quote of The Day” discussions. Instead it is meant to reflect however briefly on those quotes that make little sense, or are funny, when taken  within or without […]

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A Book Project for Child Bridge

 

I attended my first Child Bridge meeting in . . . when was it?  January 2017? 2018?  The big Covid cancellation gap is fogging up the details.  Anyway, I had called one of the organizers to discuss doing something with books and foster kids, something that would involve reading to them. Because reading to small children is crucial–it’s one of the best ways to nurture their development. And because I loved reading to kids.  Also, because I loved buying kids’ books, and my children had long grown out of them. So the project was born.

What would that project be? The childcare activities organizer for the monthly Child Bridge meetings wasn’t sure. Child Bridge, according to its mission, finds and equips foster and adoptive families for children who have suffered abuse and neglect.  Just how my reading project would fit into this wasn’t clear, but every second Monday evening, while the parents met around tables in the quiet, enclosed room near the gym, the kids played alongside their agemates and ate pizza. Guests were often invited to bring in wildlife, or do an electric company demo, or direct a special craft.

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Julia Fairchild is a physician in a small southern Washington State town. She has long-term family roots in Parkview, a town of 38,000 built around the local pulp and paper mill. An internist at the local hospital, Julia has a hobby: solving mysteries.

“One Will Too Many: A Julia Fairchild Mystery,” by PJ Peterson is this series’s fourth book. In the first three, a peripatetic Fairchild (generally accompanied by her sister Carly) are vacationing in exotic locations. This one takes place in Parkview.

It begins with Pam, a childhood friend of Julia getting called out of town abruptly. Pam has to skip an important fundraising event to restore a landmark historic theater building in Fairview. She twists Julia’s arm into replacing her at the tux and formal dress event. This ends up involving Julia in a bizarre death. When banker Jay Morrison gets drunk, Julia gives his girlfriend Sophia a ride home. The next morning, Julia drives Sophia to Jay’s house so Sophia can recover her car. They find Jay unconscious in the dining room.

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A collection of interesting articles has been put on permanent exhibition at the New York Public Library according to Boston’s archdiocesan Catholic newspaper, the Boston Pilot (https://thebostonpilot.com/article.php?ID=191474). Among them are some treasures of Catholic culture such as a first edition of a 17th-century book by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (see her portrait above), […]

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Chapter 14’s contest saw The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy bring the golden laurels for best dialogue in a novel home to Judge Mental,[1] and he asks: What novel is most ripe for being made into a movie?  (Not already made previously.) There is a restless hectic atmosphere in the library tonight. Suits of armour […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they react to independent voters turning very negative on President Biden. They also highlight a Michigan audit showing many more nursing home deaths from COVID than Gov. Gretchen Whitmer previously admitted. And they sense Russian military activity could be coming soon in Ukraine as the U.S. considers evacuating the family members of American diplomats there.