This newsletter will include observational humor, gratitude, small doses of advice, memories of heroic persons I knew up close, reminiscence about ordinary life back before Twitter and thoughts about American life and other pleasures.
Created 20 Feb 2021
Post to the Host04 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 3 0I take issue with your evaluation that to be spared from depression is a matter of luck. The whole theory of luck is dubious to me anyway. Can one make oneself lucky? Why is it bestowed on some and no...
The News from October 4, 198003 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 1Oct 4, 1980 This was the day there was no water in Lake Wobegon. Earlier in the week, the high school students got the city onboard with a water conservation project, convincing the residents to fix t...
BR: 3 Poems & a special video02 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 0FREQUENT FLYER You are booked on a no-frills airline, And the flight is an hour late. It’s a nonrefundable ticket, And you dare not leave the gate. The clerks are rude during boarding And your seat i...
On Tuesday it all came down at once01 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 30 16The world is turning wondrous again, maples and ash and goldenrod turning golden Van Gogh colors and I got into a weepy mood on Tuesday, which is unusual for me, a man with dry eyes, but I was overwhe...
GK: Last night I went to sleep by my girl29 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 13 4My friend Lynn, a personal trainer, has given me a list of twelve useful exercises to strengthen the core muscles and improve the sense of balance and I’ve been thinking about doing them, meanwhile I’...
Post to the Host27 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 15 3Apropos of your comment about being suspicious of Twain: I once had a section in my library I called “narrative humor,” which contained every work written by you, Mark Twain, Robert Benchley, Groucho ...
BR: The NEWS from Sept 27, 198026 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 15 29/27/21 It’s time to change out our screen windows for storm windows. Meanwhile, the Olsons have painted their house quite a startling shade of blue, and the host reflects on the social dangers of cha...
The Back Room: Frankie and Johnny25 Sep 2021 • 8 4Read more
Read the news, then count your blessings24 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 24 14Democracy is almost all the entertainment a person can stand, no need to go to the opera or comedy clubs, and now the thought that a senator from West Virginia, which is to clean energy what Californi...
GK: The story of my life: revised version22 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 16 7I’ve bought many copies of Mary Oliver’s poems, Devotions, and on Friday I gave away the last so now I’m ordering more. I gave it to a friend whose description of brushing his dogs’ teeth reminded me ...
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