Category Archives: Plain English

state-of-the-art Slavery

Slavery has not gone away. Much depends on how you interpret “involuntary servitude”. Amendment XIII Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, … Continue reading

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The Bubbler Question

I did some considerable research about the bubbler question. It’s called a bubbler because that’s what it’s called. A bubbler is that part of a public drinking fountain that elevates the water so as to prevent one’s lips from coming … Continue reading

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The Manager’s Wife

Some things, even minor things, still stick in the memory like a dagger. Once upon a time I found myself working a part-time minimum wage job as a groundskeeper and general handyman at a government subsidized low-income housing complex. It … Continue reading

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Imagery and Implication

As a student of damned near everything including psychology, child development, mass communications and so forth, a single phrase in a newspaper article jumped right out at me. The article is about a coming solar eclipse and includes the following … Continue reading

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A Foot In The Door

Putting “a foot in the door” harks back to the days of cold call door-to-door salesmen. Salesmen would knock on residential doors or, if you were wealthy enough to have one, ring the door bell. The housewife would open the … Continue reading

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The Fourth of July – 2017

These are photographs of the last two American flags in the neighborhood. It just so happens I raised them both. I raised ours just before dawn out of a sense of nostalgia and respect for my brother’s political naïveté and … Continue reading

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When is a Book not a Book?

Question: When is a Book not a Book? Answer: When it’s a bible.

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