How many zeroes in a billion?

How many zeroes in a billion?

One of the least-photographed, momentous life occasions, is a baby’s first steps. Not because it is not a golden photo op, but because it happens so randomly, without dress rehearsal, without formal invitations to the big show.  Subsequent solos, of course, are...
Do you hear what I hear?

Do you hear what I hear?

There’s the real universe. Then there’s a parallel universe. It’s called advertising. You know, where everyone is beautiful and smiling and laughing – because they’re tech savvy. All salespeople and salesclerks are über friendly and helpful and SO rabidly pleased to...
A not so ordinary ordinary?

A not so ordinary ordinary?

Whether it’s a universal phenomenon or not, I’m not sure, but I’ve heard much discussion and many more off-hand comments about how wonderful it is to think about the next vacation, the next escape from routine, the next opportunity to discover something new, to...
Is this on the level?

Is this on the level?

True confession: I’m ‘that’ person. You know, the one who, once he’s seen a picture hanging askew on the wall, compulsively gets up to straighten it (or, who, given circumstances where repairing the travesty would be inappropriate/unappreciated, must endure the agony...
That is so yesterday!

That is so yesterday!

Pluto is no longer a planet. Sugar is no longer a health food. Phone booths and payphones no longer exist (except for a smattering of the UK’s red antiquaries). Computers are no longer the fingers on both hands. And as we are no longer see as sufficiently intelligent...
What kids say!

What kids say!

For a Tuesday smile, following are some interactions of children with their grandparents: My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was. I said, 80. My grandson was quiet for a moment then he asked: “Did you start at 1?”...
Wanna hang out sometime?

Wanna hang out sometime?

Calvin had Hobbes. Bonnie had Clyde. Dorothy had Toto, the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. Frodo had Sam. Peanut Butter still has Jelly. Tightknit relationships, all. Like moths (and all flying insects) to a flame, or our front door light, we naturally gravitate...
That’s Life!

That’s Life!

In a comic strip this week (yes, another one!) two young boys were waxing philosophical, recounting their summer, celebrating the amazing adventures they had had, the success of which were measured by the number of trips to the Emergency Room. In the final frame,...
What’s a word for ‘better than best’?

What’s a word for ‘better than best’?

I remember, as a much younger version of my current self, thinking it would be incredible to take part in a pie-eating contest. Hearing about them made me long for the opportunity to eat to my heart’s content (what young boy has not considered that a dream?)....
Did somebody just say something?

Did somebody just say something?

Did you know that there are 15.9 million water wells in the US? (I looked it up online, so it must be true!) Each well can be between 100’ and 1000’ deep, the average being around 300’. That means we have approximately 900 miles of well casings in the ground around...

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