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My friend, Shep, sent me this quote, which he liked a lot: Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think. -Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696) I liked it, too, but in my ever-present mission to get a quote in Bartlett’s Book of Familiar Quotations, I…

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While I was mowing the lawn, my wife made a skirt for my daughter. A skirt.  Sure, it takes a long time to write a novel, and it requires a modicum of creativity and skill.  But she made a skirt.  Just whipped it out like it was nothing.  Then she made two more. And another…

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I’m almost finished reading Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN. Amongst the many controversies cited in the book is Jemele Hill’s regrettable reference to Hitler in a 2008 editorial about the NBA playoffs. In describing why she could not support the Celtics in the NBA playoffs, she wrote: Rooting for…

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Tonight I put my daughter to bed on my own.  She asked me to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I started singing, and then she joined me.  A first.  We sang the whole thing together.  I’m writing it down now so I won’t forget this moment, but I suspect that it won’t be necessary. 

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I just watched three of the most gut-wrenching failed public marriage proposals ever. The most cringe-worthy moments you could ever imagine. For your enjoyment, I have posted them (along with one of the best public marriage proposals of all time) below. As a veteran of a successful public marriage proposal, please allow me to offer…

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Without question, the stupidest simile in the history of similes is drunk as a skunk. It is a simile not based upon meaning but simply upon rhyme. Skunks have absolutely nothing to do with alcohol consumption or inebriation. Skunk and drunk rhyme.  That is the extent of the simile. That makes it incredibly stupid. As…

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Sometimes I get unnecessarily annoyed, so this could admittedly be one of those occasions. But I don’t think so. Ever since the beginning of June, the Connecticut landscape has exploded with painted bed sheets congratulating recent high school graduates on their achievements. Hanging on fences, across bridges, and and between trees and poles, these sheets…

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