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Yes, that "C" word

After a three-month dispute over use of the word “cosmetics” in the Wikipedia “Federal Assault Weapons Ban” article, I decided to work on other gun-control related articles that are not in accord with the project’s… 794 more words

"C" Word

Ferguson: The Need to Listen

Before Ferguson becomes old news in the wake of a more recent death or similar narrative to the sad loss of Michael Brown’s life, I want to ask just one thing of my beloved friends and neighbors who are not African American: … 1,436 more words


Everyday Manners


A good manner is the best letter of recommendation among strangers. Civility, refinement and gentleness are passports to hearts and homes, while awkwardness, coarseness and gruffness are met with locked doors and closed hearts.

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Social Grace

"You Can Be Right, Or You Can Be Happy"

As AdventureMan and I were trying a new place for lunch yesterday, the booth next to us filled with a group of roofers (roofers have a lot of good business in a place like Pensacola which gets both heavy winds and heavy rains). 68 more words

Family Issues

Chateau de la Puisaye, France

Last week, on the occasion of my niece’s wedding nearby, we stayed at Chateau de la Puisaye, a Napoleon III house set in a large park a mile outside of Verneuil-sur-Avre on the southern Normandy border. 1,415 more words

Pockets of Silence

Every now and then, after all these years, I can still crack my husband up by saying something unexpected.

Retirement carries some unexpected adjustments. There was a time, when he was managing a major contract in Germany, where over dinner, I once told AdventureMan I needed him to look at me and to listen. 787 more words

Living Conditions