Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tricks or Treatments?

     Most readers of a local newspaper probably skipped over the boxed display advertisement of a woman who specializes in family acupuncture and herbal therapies, but as I read the copy closely the chords of the great challenge song “Anything … Continue reading

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Plugging a Long Shot

     As I thumbed through the flyers offering merchandise for the modern home that arrived in a thick envelope, I found one item that seemed out of place amid all the gewgaws intended to make microwave cooking, computer use, and … Continue reading

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Quotes or Gaffes?

     The October issue of American History reports what occurred on the occasion in March 1862 when Nathaniel Hawthorne met Abraham Lincoln in Washington. Lincoln’s reply after a delegation from a Massachusetts whip factory presented him with a ceremonial horsewhip … Continue reading

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Seeing and Not Believing 2

     It is still almost impossible to walk through the aisles of stores without encountering some product bearing the words “As Seen on TV.” Whenever I spot one of those phrases I think, “That’s a recommendation? That’s a condemnation! Get away … Continue reading

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