Happy Birthday, Maggie! August is Maggie Kuhn month. Maggie founded the Gray Panthers in 1970 and fought for the rights of elders all her life, even before she became an elder herself. She was affronted by the lack of respect with which the young treated the old. She once said, “The ultimate indignity is to be […]
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Nonfiction writer of self-help books, animal welfare PR, and books about pets and wildlife. Before retirement, I was a science writer for health care institutions and corporations.
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When a human is paying bills or doing other paper work, sit in the middle of it. When dislodged, watch sadly. Then roll around on the papers, scattering them to the best of your ability. After being removed the second time, push pencils, erasers, and other small objects off the table one at a time. […]
Only this year, after my 78th birthday, did I discover Tom Waits. Now I’m in love and it’s too late. Tom is probably happily married and too old for this, anyway. I’m not married, but I’m sure too old. I’m spellbound by Tom’s gravelly, singing voice In YouTube videos, I watch him dance on the […]
This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania . Mr. Devries’s response is hilarious, but read the State’s letter first, before you get to his response letter. SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County Dear Mr. DeVries: It […]
The other night, a 10-year-old friend told me her class is celebrating No TV Week. When I went to the internet to find out more about this wonderful idea, I learned that TV-Turnoff Network, a nonprofit organization, began promoting No TV Week back in 1995. This grass roots project, started in protest of the mind-numbing […]