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Technology and Transportation

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Mother-Son Texts

Only one of our teens has a phone and that is by design. I can’t keep up with one, how would I handle three more? He’s the one who taught me how to text in three alphabets and numerous other languages, as I’m in touch with friends, relatives, and associates worldwide. But most of all,…

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Fave Family Photos

Holidays often bring photos. I love it, I love seeing families gathered together. Even when they all look pained by the thought of it, lol. Growing up, I don’t remember our family taking any group shots, but there are many of us as individuals. We also went to a professional studio where we took solo…

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Technology Tensions

I like the idea of technology, really I do. It just never seems to work out how it’s supposed to. Ever. And being faithful and true really means a lot to me. So if something’s going to crash and burn exactly at the point when I need it, ya know, I’d rather not be involved…….

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Fanny-Deep in Footnotes

I don’t like footnotes. Bibliographies are okay, fairly straightforward, but footnotes? Unless you get to use the Harvard Style of citation which is simply the author’s last name and date in the text itself (Bartologimignano, 2014). Easy-peasy. No such luck. At least we have computers that will space out everything nicely, make superscript numbers at…

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Polygamy and Public Opinion

As with some reality shows, those centering around polygamy have become well-publicized train wrecks, or freak shows, if you will. The main point of “Sister Wives” or “My Five Wives” is to depict that polygamists are regular people, just like the rest of us. Right. You gotta be kidding. Instead, shows like this depict a…

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It’s Apple (aapl) Season

I cruised into town around 3:15 am one morning. There in the kitchen sat two bags of apples, courtesy of Benedetto. I would imagine he expected me to make him an apple pie. Maybe after a couple of hours’ sleep, okay? The apples were good choices. The Ginger Gold paper bag was well-beyond half empty,…

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At the Department of Motor Vehicles

Our oldest son has been driving for almost two years. In the tiered system of driver’s licenses in the District of Columbia, a student driver slowly works his way up to full privileges. During the first year or two, only so many other young people may be in the car at the same time, usually…

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Learning to Drive… in Other Languages

Our kids continue to study Russian Lite throughout the year. I take them through the paces, the key to our limited success being that we need dialogs which will engage them. In college, you can use the normal, “What are you studying?” and “Do you live in the dorm?”, but for now, we need more…

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Preparing for Papa’s Roadtrip

Benedetto must go away for a day to tend to some business. Problem is, he leaves after addressing an evening meeting, drives all night, tends to his matters the next morning, and then drives back. As any family would worry about an overworked loved one, we try to see that he gets as much sleep…

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The Russian Hackers

I’ve met these cyber-guys online when they tried to bring down this venerable site last year. Hack, hack, hack. You’d think they were Paul Bunyan the logger hacking away. They never gave up. We changed passwords and codes repeatedly. They tried, and tried again. It was all-out war. As though we’re anybody special. So now…

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