Tag Archives: Jared Loughner

What We’re Talking About

We’ve all been in long arguments when both parties suddenly discover that they’re talking about entirely different things – your angry wife suddenly realizes you’re talking about Emma Goldman, not her mother. Use too many pronouns and that can happen … Continue reading

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Calling the Professional Organization of English Majors

Garrison Keillor likes to poke gentle and oddly generous fun at all sorts of things – dour Lutherans and film noir detectives, in the Adventures of Guy Noir – as he has a fondness for useless and clueless but good … Continue reading

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The Only Animal That Explains Things

It’s an open question as to whether animals think – every dog owner seems to think his dog thinks. It sure looks like it. But dogs have evolved into being good mimics – it affords them regular meals, served just … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Immediate Tucson

Some prefer the hurly-burly of the moment while others prefer to take the long view – and that’s probably a matter of temperament. The former jump up and down and grab your elbow and tell you that this is really … Continue reading

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