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Been Way Too Long! We Had to be There

  Since the plague began Lillian and I have not been actually by the ocean -- until Thursday when I had a speaking engagement in Virginia Beach. Sure, it doesn't "measure up" to really traveling to exotic places that some…

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Turning the Plague Around — Maybe

Before Biden Speaks Today, Every Seventh Son of Ireland [and Diaspora] Needs to Step Up and Do His Part.   [Would Help if Fans of Willie Dixon, Mose Allison and Johnny Rivers Did their Part Too! Secret Charms and 7th…

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Apologia: No Christmas Letter This Year

For the first time in more than a decade, there was no letter in Christmas/Seasons Greetings card. [Most of the cards were from the Nelson Line Museum collection, as above] The reasons were simple and as complex as the continuing…

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Save the Hibiscus; Save the Fern [and 1 other]

Last year, during one wave of the plague, the two hibiscus plants on the deck were welcomed to the basement office for winter hibernation. Sad to say, only one survived. This year, Lillian has rallied to save the survivor from…

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Gathering Storm

Although we pulled off a Saturday evening on the deck -- shrimp, salmon, cheese, and wine on the menu, it was "a close-run thing" or possibly "a damned nice thing." [Please note how we slyly incorporated Winston Churchill's patting himself…

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