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Under My Hat

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jokes were made about the Halloween snowstorm that was all trick and no treat.

But the storm did provide a treat of its own. It took away electronic communications and forced people to resort to conversation. Good things can result when people start communicating. If nothing else, the storm fostered togetherness.

Blackouts were widespread.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sometimes government intrudes in our lives in absurd ways.

That's what I thought not too long ago when a local council in Naperville, Illinois, passed an ordinance banning the tossing of candy from parade floats and trucks.

The ban was enacted because town fathers said children were rushing into the street after the candy and could get hit by a parade vehicle. Officials also expressed concern that items thrown too hard could cause injury.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sometimes there's a communications gap when dealing with the younger generation.

"I think I have a bad disc," I said to the store clerk. She wasn't convinced.

"How do you know the disc is the cause of your problem," she asked. "It could very well be that your DVD player is bad."

"No, no," I said. "I'm referring to the disc in my back."

I was talking about a herniated disc. She was talking about Justin Bieber - a typical conversation between Methuselah and a teenybopper.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I can't make sense of the tragedy of 9-11.

Even after the passing of ten years, I'll never understand how anybody can be so distorted that they'd use the excuse of religion or politics to generate pure evil.

Some of the facts from 9-11 are so shocking they need to be revisited if only to try and ensure that something like this never happens again.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Some local residents are developing a rare disorder in which their bone marrow makes too many red blood cells, sometimes referred to as thick blood. The condition is called polycythemia vera (PV) and those who acquire it may have few or no symptoms. But they're prone to develop blood clots and are at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Part of the treatment involves going to the hospital for regular bloodletting sessions.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Years ago I took part in a writers' circle.

It was a nice group of creative people, some of the best folks I've ever met. I enjoyed getting to know each one.

But I didn't fit in.

For some reason, writers' circles tend to attract fiction writers.

I've never had much interest in fiction, other than Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind."

Someone asked why I didn't go into fiction writing. The answer is easy.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Here are several laws of newspaper writing not taught in Journalism 101.

* No detail is too insignificant that it cannot be challenged. The sky isn't blue. It's azure.

* The person you need to get a statement from is someone who freely uses curse words which the newspaper will not print. Your job is to quote the man accurately. Catch-22.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hi Mommy. It's me, Caylee.

I'm up here in heaven, a beautiful place. I'm with someone named God. He says He's the father of a man named Jesus.

I don't really understand all of that because I left Earth long before I knew anyone named Jesus. I suppose I would've gotten to know Jesus in time. But you didn't give me a chance. For some reason, you didn't want me to be with you. I still don't understand why.

I really didn't do anything to hurt anyone. I was just a little girl who liked to sing 'You Are My Sunshine.'

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The most powerful phrase in American history is probably this: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

Those words in the Declaration of Independence were a collaboration by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Jefferson originally wrote: "We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable." When he turned over his draft to Franklin for the sake of proofreading, Franklin removed the words "sacred and undeniable" and inserted "self-evident."

Saturday, June 18, 2011

At one time I was old. But not anymore.

It might be true I went to school in the days B. C. - before computers. But that's okay. I'm a product of typewriters, mimeograph and whiteout - not the kind of whiteout that takes place in the bleachers at a football game.

If you're my age or older, you know what whiteout is. If you're a kid, ask your parents. But be assured that whiteout has nothing to do with cocaine and you don't snort it. You won't find it in a meth lab either.