The mailroom at my condo was broken into last month for the third time. I decided that I no longer trusted my mail to its crowbar-compliant aluminum, and I opened a Post Office box downtown instead. I arranged for my mail to be forwarded there for three months, […]
The British House of Lords is overcrowded. It’s true! All those hoity-toity people are tripping over each other and fighting for chairs. I picture them in their wigs and gowns playing that children’s game, musical chairs, where the adults repeatedly remove chairs to make the kids fight for the […]
My Facebook and Twitter feeds this week have included the thoughts of many people who have been openly debating the likelihood that they will not vacation in the United States for the next four years. In addition, some of my former academic colleagues in Canada are rethinking their […]
San Jose just had a flood. Before we had a flood, though, we had lots and lots of heavy rain and strong winds for a few days. This coincided with an overflowing reservoir and some bad judgements by some civic engineers which resulted in a floodplain full of […]
If you see something, say something. Homeland Security has used this phrase to help combat terrorism, but it has value in other circumstances, too. They were the words going through my head when I saw a man yelling at a woman last week. I had just left the […]
In the condo complex where I live in California, the mail room was broken into on Thursday. This is the second time this has happened in a period of about six months. I was one of the first people to see the damage, and I called the problem […]
Two snails (which may be Helminthoglypta dupetithouarsii) have taken up residence in the bird of paradise plant on my patio. They are helping me to figure out how to use the macro feature on my camera because they pose for me! I used my Olympus Digital Camera OM-D E-M10.