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Local Ups and Downs

Until quite recently, the lot shown above, on Bayview facing Knoll Park, was dominated by the immense oak tree shown in the rear of the photo. The property owner had long intended to build a personal residence on the lot, … Continue reading

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Small Victories

As more and more of us are confined to our homes, the Internet has become more vital as a means of communication and socializing. Since I work from home all the time, this is nothing new for me, but its … Continue reading

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A New Women’s Movement?

You probably recognize this symbol: As Wikipedia explains it, “According to tradition, ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark meeting places and tombs, or to … Continue reading

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What a Waist!

The current (February/March 2019) issue of AARP The Magazine (which arrived in mid-March, but that is a discussion for another time) has an article on “7 Numbers That Reveal Your Heart Disease Risk.” One of these is “waist circumference.” The … Continue reading

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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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