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Annus Horribilis

Annus Horribilis

Vox pop says 2016 was really bad. “Vox pop” is a British phrase based on a Latin phrase that means “things people on the street (who aren’t me) are saying.” Lots of people didn’t get their way in 2016, and they used the handheld...
Social Isolation: The Phantom Limb

Social Isolation: The Phantom Limb

I see social isolation all around me. Mainly, it’s among middle-class “nice people” who are very conscious of their possessions and adherence to social norms, and the risk of losing it all at the turn of a card. Maybe not even their own card....
Microfiction: Flyover Country

Microfiction: Flyover Country

I’ve always believed in signs. Always.   One of the first things I remember from growing up was the old Dairy Queen sign down on Highway 12. I know that’s not the sign you’re thinking of, but still I say it’s important for what you want to...
Implanted Memories and Boston Bars

Implanted Memories and Boston Bars

What does a bar in Boston look like inside? Can you tell me?     Most people have an idea of what it looks like. Cheers has been off the air for twenty years, but it ran long enough to for most people to have seen an episode or two–either when new or...

The Real Source of the Obesity Problem

Remember the ads from “A Partnership for a Drug-Free America?” back in the ’80s? It’s time for a revamp. They had the wrong problem and the wrong villains in mind before. Here’s the real problem: The real problems keeping people obese not...