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A beautiful instrument. It came in a nice case with one bow, a cotton chin rest pad, cleaning cloth, and extra rosin. I picked it up gently, put it to my chin, drew the bow across the strings, and … more
In the broad scheme of things, the results of the Monon Bell Classic football game in Crawfordsville, Indiana, matter not much, unless you are a passionate graduate of Wabash College! Yep, the … more
—Turkey Shooting: Want a free turkey — and something to hunt humans with as well, peut-être? Simple. A Cape Coral, Florida roofing contractor is getting into the holiday spirit with … more
  Halloween is coming up, and maybe you’d like to get into the haunting spirit with some spooky films, but you’re tired of watching all the same old standbys year after year, … more
Book bans have become a crucial issue in our increasingly fragile democracy. Under the guise of enforcing “community standards” and “protecting children,” a new cultural … more
I’LL BE CREEPING UP ON MY 96TH BIRTHDAY by the time the 2024 election rolls around, and a lot can happen between now and then. But that election remains one of my several goals of the moment. … more
While spouting off in all directions with lies of convenience from a limited vocabulary, ex-President Donald Trump appears determined to convince the nation’s voting public by election day 1964 … more
Donald Trump has been unable to lie his way to control of a Free Press through the uneducated over-use of short near-illiterate jabs via social media and rabble-rousing pep rallies—and control … more
Deer have grown to like and trust us, it seems. This fawn later was moved to a more secluded spot. We’ve lived quite a while in the same house on an oversized. well-hedged lot … more
“COUPLE OF,” AS ABOVE, IS ANOTHER source of some argument. A for-instance is the writer of a fiction book under the Tom Clancy name that I recently read. He writes about “a … more
IN THE MEANTIME, young-enough President Biden, who will reach my age in about 14 years, seems to be doing fairly well with the American public—despite a conservative Supreme Court, a GOP House … more
DIES YOUNG, DIES HORRIBLY—The death occurred in the Fulton County jail ini Atlanta, Georgia, where Thompson was eaten alive by bedbugs and perhaps other insects, according to family attorney … more
MORE ABOUT RACISM (and a surviving Free Press)—The Seattle Times reported late last week that “a county commissioner in far southeast Oklahoma who was identified by s local newspaper as … more
I see no sense in dismissing history with a little red cap and proclaiming some vague moment in the past for America’s ”greatness” that we should strive to re-achieve. … more
SO ONCE AGAIN I ILLUSTRATE with my hapless great grandchildren—from left Claire, Iris and Simon Camfield-Bronstein. They will have little to do with creation of the near future of the early … more
THE CLAIM ABOVE, OF COURSE, IS STARKLY AT ODDS, “not only with the history of westward expansion but with the history of Florida; thousands of Native Americans were forcibly relocated from the … more
AND I NOTICED A HEADLINE on page one of The Seattle Times the other morning that read: “Students of color now the majority in Washington Public Schools.” Simon also fills the bill in that … more
I like the way the rainbow above ends aboard the local ferry chugging to or from its berth . . . and the calm manner in which the local gull poses for the photo. MEANWHILE, models predict that … more
So here we are in 2023—Ukraine in a shambles as Putin sits uncaring at the head of an ill-informed and incompetent Russian military, bombarding civilian targets in Ukraine in the dead of an icy … more
And please, if you insist on telling me how Port Townsend “used to be,” consider that I can recall snow in the backyard up on Willow St. back in the winter of 1932-’33. In the fall … more
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