And Another Thing

And Another Thing: On the prospect of organizing

Don and I lack organization skills. I look at that sentence and feel like laughing and crying at the same time. I mean, we’re both grown up. After all, we’ve had a mor ...

And Another Thing: Of reading books and going – or not going – to the library

A friend says she hasn’t gone to the library in years. It’s not because she doesn’t read, or doesn’t like books. No, it’s because she deals with ebook ...

And Another Thing: Lessons learned from a role model

I saw her at the gym after my workout. For just a step, just a second, I considered not greeting her. She hadn’t seen me, wouldn’t have missed my hello, would have happ ...

And Another Thing: Midsummer book talk

I haven’t written about books since April. Three months! No wonder I’ve felt so itchy and out of sorts. Time to talk about writing and authors and good stories, and the ...

And Another Thing: Focusing on what readers have to say

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a word I found in Leo Rosten’s The Joys of Yiddish.” One word leaped out at me: mechaieh. Pronounced m’khy-eh, to rhyme with ...

And Another Thing: Why not talk about patriotism?

I don’t work downtown anymore, haven’t for over a year. So I don’t spend as much time hanging around as I used to. So I imagine I’m the last person to have ...

Pleasure makes me a better person

I recently poked through my copy of "The Joys of Yiddish," Leo Rosten's mishmash of definitions, stories, jokes, and history – of Yiddish (of course), Hebrew, and the Jews. I ...

Baffled" Dazed and confused" Ms. Mootpoint tells it like it is

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Minute Maid can keep labeling one of its beverages “pomegranate blueberry,” even though it's made up almost entirely ...

And Another Thing

Something happened when I meandered outside last Wednesday to get my Auburn Journal. I saw the gladiolas blooming. Big deal, you say. They come up every year. That’s what bul ...

And Another Thing

Bad news: the Governor’s 2012-2013 budget has cut library funding to nothing. However, good news: Budget deliberations are still ongoing. Votes are scheduled on Thursday, May ...