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Buying Toilet Paper

A few days ago I brought the last package of toilet paper upstairs to our bathroom and accordingly put “TP” on my grocery list, so when I go to Walmart this afternoon, I’ll be hitting the toilet paper aisle. This … Continue reading

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Fairhope Scavenger Hunt: Birdwatcher Edition

When we moved to Fairhope in 1980, there was a sign on Section Street as we turned off the “four-lane” (Highway 98) proclaiming Fairhope a bird sanctuary. Perhaps it is still there. In the intervening years, birds have been both … Continue reading

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Making Bad Choices

In my admittedly hazy memory of the simpler days of my childhood in the 1950s and ’60s, things came in threes. There were the Big Three automakers, of course, but there were also three brands of shampoo (Breck, Prell, and … Continue reading

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A Dream of Number Theory

A curious “memory” popped up in a dream last night, an allusion to a proof that 69 is an even number. Half awake, I “remembered” reading this “proof” somewhere—a clever, elegant argument, although obviously quite specious. And entirely a product … Continue reading

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Slow Return from a Lenten Fast

I gave up desserts for Lent this year, and the results were somewhat unexpected. I grew up in a household where desserts were de rigueur. They were the expected conclusion of every lunch or dinner. My mother was a good … Continue reading

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More Neighborhood Improvements

The focus in this installment is on driveway upgrades. This April 2011 Google Street View image of 58 N. Summit Street shows that the driveway was deteriorating asphalt. By 2015, when it was replaced with poured concrete, it was probably … Continue reading

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Seasonal Cheer

It’s beginning to look a lot like—well, you know. Some of the houses in the neighborhood have been decorated for the holidays since before Thanksgiving, and more embellishments appear daily. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been admiring the … Continue reading

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