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scientist, writer, gardener, owned by a dog, truly married, really an alien
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Why don’t I pay my children for their grades?

Posted on September 22, 2017 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

This is a topic I should have posted about 35 years ago, when my older daughter was 14.

My daughter says the other kids get paid for their grades. She doesn’t think it’s fair that I won’t pay her for hers.

I have rules for things I pay for. I pay for services, that are of no benefit to the person performing them, but are important for my quality of life, such as paying the plumber to fix my leaky faucet. I pay for things I want and need, like groceries or new shoes. I pay for…


Saving 56 Cents

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 9:52am 3 Comments

CVS was having a 30% off sale on CVS brand items.

I decided to stock up on some items I use often.

I bought some pantiliners. Regular price is $5.49

Sale price $3.84

I bought two of them.

The store charged me: $8.24

The invoice had a phone number to call with questions.

I called. My question didn’t fit into any of their categories, so I tried Human, Agent, Representative. Eventually, I got a human.

The woman who answered the phone didn’t understand…


Airport Passenger Safety

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 8:28am 15 Comments

My latest idea for airport safety: All TSA agents should carry photo-ID business cards. Before an agent pats anyone down, the agent should give the future pattee a copy of the card, and make sure that the future pattee sees that the photo matches the agent. After the pat-down, the agent should give an evaluation form to the pattee, which the pattee can fill out and place into a locked box that the agent cannot unlock. This should minimize the groping!

Russian Interference in US

Posted on March 4, 2017 at 9:36am 21 Comments

Considering that politicians tend to propose bills that punish their own sins, is it likely that Joseph McCarthy was in with the Russians? Have they been messing with US Politics for far longer than we have suspected? Have they really supported the Republicans and misled us all by smearing the Democratic party as Commie sympathizers? After all, the So-called Communists never practiced Communism. They gave the best stuff to themselves and impoverished everybody else. Reminds me of the…


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At 6:57pm on November 27, 2015, Rodney Roe said…

I referenced your piece on "idiomatic insults" in a piece today.  I hope I got it right.

At 10:11am on March 28, 2015, Jerry DeNuccio said…

Lois:  Got  new computer which I'm accustoming myself to.  New email, too. Tried to access Our and wasn't recognized, so I set up a new Our account and haven't yet uploaded a picture.  I'll be using the old computer (which the University owns) until June when I fully retire from teaching and have to give it back.


At 12:48pm on March 2, 2013, JMac1949 Memories said…

Lois, just wanted to thank you for dropping by and commenting on my post 1969- Meeting with My Draft Board... Just invited you as a friend.

At 1:35am on January 5, 2013, lorianne said…


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