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Occasional Observation #52

I am a committed socialist. At the same time, I have to admit that if offered the services of a full-time maid, I wouldn’t refuse. Who was that Waldo Emerson guy, and what was it he said about consistency?

A Social-Political Notice

Going out tonight to a favourite local eatery–the last night we can go there before our new 10-day circuit breaker lockdown begins in W. Quebec–to celebrate the death of G. Gordon Liddy, the most notorious of the many thugs involved in Watergate. It is hard to enumerate all the reasons to celebrate this man’s demise […]

For Pete’s Sake!

The other day, I saw a story about a press release from U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. The release included a phrase like “infrastructural indivisibilities,” or something along those lines. I had a hard time pronouncing it, let alone understanding it–and I have an earned doctorate in English literature! Like large cannons or ultra-formal articles […]

Occasional Observation #52

This morning, instead of my usual Mozart or Vivaldi, I played a lively CD of Glenn Miller jazz, even dancing to two of the tunes. One day doesn’t make an entire chapter of a life, but this looks like a positive indicator to me!

Writing 101 Warmup

A) On some days, it had got to the point where he could hardly use a simple noun, such as the name of a common household object or piece of clothing, without first qualifying it with a profane or obscene adjective. At that point, he. . .Complete the sentence. B) On some days, it had […]

Occasional Observation #51

Some of my critics have suggested that, in my writing, I’m doing little more than creating a brand new set of cliches. Are they right? Maybe. But it doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t harm the planet or put anyone’s health or safety at risk, and it keeps me off the streets. So I guess that […]

Occasional Observation #50

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of my mother, Carol Foss Peirce. She was just two weeks past 70. Although her own life was difficult and in many ways troubled, she was an inspiration to her children, three of whom (including yours truly) went on to earn doctorates in various fields. And she […]

Occasional Observation #49

COVID Etiquette 101: Dressing for dinner. After one’s 6 p.m. shower, it is good form to change into a clean nightgown or PJs.

Occasional Observation #48

The death of one’s favourite professors from college or grad school days is sad, but not unexpected. But when one starts seeing the children of those professors turning up in the obits, that’s when one starts to worry!

Occasional Observation #47

A touch of the rogue in one’s makeup is important, in my view, not just to have a full and happy life, but to achieve longevity. It helps to keep other, lesser things in proper proportion, and thus to prevent one from going off the rails emotionally.


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