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Pleasantries

In the July issue of The Rotarian, the official magazine of Rotary International, circulated to over 500,000 English-speaking Rotarians worldwide, frequent contributor David Sarasohn, in an article titled “Wishful Thanking,” ranted about the use of “No problem” instead of “You’re … Continue reading

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Honon Steak Revisited

Last month I wrote about the mystery of “honon steak.” Someone suggested to me that, since this seemed to be an Iowa specialty, I should contact a local historical society for assistance. Accordingly, on May 5, I located a contact form … Continue reading

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An Iowa Treat

Oh, there’s nothing halfway About the Iowa way to treat you, When we treat you, Which we may not do at all. –“Iowa Stubborn,” Meredith Willson, The Music Man On April 25, I will be giving a book review at … Continue reading

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False Erudition and Muphry’s Law

Wikipedia’s article on Muphry’s Law states that “Muphry’s law is an adage that states: ‘If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.’ The name is a deliberate … Continue reading

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Not Idling

As you can see, the subtitle of this blog is “Idle thoughts while walking.” In my first post, I established that I’d record any interesting or compelling thoughts I had while taking my daily constitutional. The blog has expanded to … Continue reading

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Beyond Comprehension

“How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!Psalm 147:5″ These were the words I read on the card. When I went out to get the paper this morning, I discovered that sometime during the … Continue reading

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A Christmas Parlor Game

Today as I was walking I amused myself by singing (or trying to sing) Christmas carols. This is an eye-opening exercise. I’m one of those who sing along to most hymns—but especially Christmas carols—with only half an eye on the … Continue reading

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