Monthly Archives: August 2011

Languid Leftovers

     In the September issue of Popular Mechanics an article about drilling a hole in an oil pan contains the word swarf, which is defined as “the metallic shavings removed by a cutting tool.” What an odd word and how … Continue reading

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Intentional Pass

     In the spring when I received a new insurance card I noticed that there was a second card in an adjacent perforated area with just three words on it: Intentionally Left Blank. I immediately punched out both cards and … Continue reading

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The Plight of Consumers

     Each time I reach for a carton of milk I go far afield for when I see the words “Our farmers pledge not to use Artificial Growth Hormone” I picture a group of overhauled men in straw hats standing … Continue reading

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No Sale

     After successfully eluding the tentacles of Publishers Clearing House for years, I recently received a solicitation from that company suggesting I could “win $5,000 a week for life!” six times on the front and back of a thick envelope … Continue reading

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Country Doctor

     While looking at the July/August Country Living recently, my attention was not drawn to the 87 fresh takes on farmhouse style or fantastic furniture priced from $65 or any of the other features trumpeted on the cover and contents … Continue reading

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