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Not So Tiny

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Tiny

 
 
Tiny . . . come here, Tiny
Never mind, Tiny, go back where you were . . .
Come here, Tiny
What did you want, Tiny? . . . Go back
Tiny, come . . .
Bye bye, Tiny
. . .

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 because their hearts are so huge, that’s why

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31 January 2015 at 12:00 pm

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A Merciful Justice

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Having been mercilessly and unjustly pilloried by the media throughout the 2008 campaign, Sarah Palin had a clear choice in its aftermath: She could sober up and prove the buggers wrong, or she could collapse into ignominious pasquinade. Sadly, she chose the latter. The rest of us should choose to move on.

—Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review

Here Mr. Cooke plays fast and loose with reasonable understandings of mercy and justice. After all, the only fault his nebulous boogeyman media committed was in coming to a natural and too obvious conclusion before he has managed to follow his own mob of pilloriers in doing.

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29 January 2015 at 5:14 pm

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Work Bucket

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practical lessons in actuarial scienceOne of the key items on my work bucket list, which holds a fast-dwindling collection of things I wish to accomplish before my work life is over:

Click on the image of this book’s title page, then enlarge that if need be, and you’ll find this second edition to have been published by The Spectator Company in 1905! As in, 39 years older than the Society of Actuaries. As in, the book is some 13 years older than our dear neighbor, who celebrates his 97th birthday next week. As in, if the book had been born in the year it was published, then it would now be 10 years older than the last age given in the mortality table given in the book!

Which if nothing else demonstrates that good word survives its own author’s breath. And does still get itself read. And put to good use. ‘And “Miles” to go before I sleep . . . ’

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25 January 2015 at 9:22 am

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Breaking the Rest?

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So yes, as suspected, SuziQ needs treatment to deal with sleep apnea. Don’t worry, love, you’ll feel like a brand new you before too many more nights have passed.

Meanwhile, she’s found out that I also have sleep apnea. Oh, had I forgotten to mention that? Yes, I’ve been told so numerous times before. I think they even registered some sleep apnea episodes during some of my hospital stays (and no, I’m not counting the Shenanigans). I never took it all that seriously. Maybe when you’ve encountered as many interrupted waking moments as I have throughout my entire life, having a few interrupted sleeping ones doesn’t seem all that unusual.

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20 January 2015 at 8:20 pm

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Still There, Still Back

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I have its touch inside. It is a part of me.

I know without having to be told.

I am always there.

I will never be alone.

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19 January 2015 at 10:18 pm

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Two Bits

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2015-01-18 11.38.55So, exactly how old is this relic?—I think it’s one we picked up right after I moved to Texas, which would age it well over a decade. And when the trimming shears – extended as shown here – recently broke, I figured out a way to keep that part working once I found blade refills for the razor part.

Now during a recent shave a piece broke off the device and fell into the sink, shown here partially reinserted. Which means I still don’t have to retire this from active service.

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19 January 2015 at 6:16 pm

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Cheesy Kisses

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grilled cheeseUsed to be, I was rather expert at cooking up a good soup. I had practiced making a sufficiently wide variety of soups and chowders and bisques and stews well enough to know my way around the pot, well enough to be able to pretty accurately identify the ingredients in most soups I tasted, well enough to modify recipes to my own tastes and to make up a few of my own from scratch. Then I simply stopped making my soups. Maybe it was that split pea soup that came out so poorly because I was trying to squeeze it in between all the other things on the stove that one Thanksgiving, or maybe it was how I just stopped caring about cooking (along with just about everything else) during those years of my life.

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18 January 2015 at 12:05 am

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