You can’t say that I didn’t try!

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Some of the Spanish apps I use (screenshot from my iPad)

I wish I had taken Spanish in High School.

I had a little French in 5th grade but recall none of it. I started Latin in 7th and went on with four more years of that. I do not regret it — I suppose it helped my vocabulary, but so would a dictionary.

Our daughters took multiple languages — French, Spanish, Russian, and German. One of them even majored in Spanish. Their textbooks littered our house. I would pick the books up now and then, but I couldn’t summon the energy to get into it. …


Or is it?

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Photo by Oleksandra Bardash on Unsplash

I’ve heard a lot of doomsday talk lately. While our current challenges are significant, I don’t think we are looking at human extinction.

Pandemics

Given the number of people for whom COVID-19 is not deadly even without treatment, that’s not going to kill us off. If another, more deadly virus comes along, we will probably ban all travel quickly and impose much stricter mask and socializing rules. We will survive as a species.

Climate Change

There’s one that could send a lot of us to early graves. Whether it’s from cold or heat, diminishing food supplies, massive storms, living through it all could…


And what to do about it

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I accidentally read an article by a Carla Herbstreet that had some strong things to say about women and their opinions. I only read it because of the title, which misinformed me about what I would encounter therein. I expected it to detail the many societal benefits of manly anger, but that was not her intent at all.

Indeed, she thinks that women should have opinions!

I find myself conflicted when my wife expresses an opinion. Of course, I am annoyed that she dare HAVE an opinion, but when I see that her arguments make sense and have changed my…


Close the door on your way out, thanks

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I think many of us wonder how much extreme right-wing sentiment is buried in the ranks of police departments and our military. Maybe you get a queasy feeling when you compare how police reacted to BLM protests to their handling of the Capitol attack? If you look around at your friends and neighbors, how many Trump supporters are military or ex-military?

More importantly, how many were rabid Trump fans? Have they changed their minds since January 6th?

These are disturbing questions and are especially so when the Capitol mob thugs tell us that they are “coming again” and “with guns…


Oh, don’t look at me like that. You’ve thought the same thing, or you should have.

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Haven’t we seen enough? Yes, free speech is important. But we decided a long time ago that free speech doesn’t give you the right to shout “Fire!” in a theatre. More recently, we decided that hate speech is also not acceptable.

Why haven’t we yet realized that lying is also criminal?

Look back over the…

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Politics and the rest

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