Category Archives: public libraries

  1. Pop-Tarts, Frogs, and the Alamo

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    November 6, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Woman Sues Kellogg Over Lack of Strawberries in Strawberry Pop-Tarts,” a recent Washington Post article, got me considering how …
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  2. Evites, N-grams, and Bloody Tubs

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    May 21, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Mutable” is a good word that means “prone to change, inconstant,” according to Merriam-Webster, and it also describes all …
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  3. Browsing with Mimi, Trina, and Beverly

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    April 8, 2021 by libroshombre

                My daughter Mimi was eight the winter of 1997 when she received a letter from Trina Schart Hyman, the …
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  4. Laughing at Pandemics, Kings, and Abracadabra

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    January 14, 2021 by libroshombre

                Merriam-Webster.com has announced that, “based upon a statistical analysis of words that are looked up in extremely high numbers …
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  5. Castigators, Correcters, and Compassion

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    January 10, 2021 by libroshombre

                Anti-democracy insurgents are storming the Capitol Building and holding Congress hostage as I write this, while the President refuses …
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  6. Cons, Curses, and the CBC

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    December 24, 2020 by libroshombre

    Once Marco Rubio said, “Donald Trump is a world-class con artist. He conned all these people that signed up for …
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  7. Hotdogs, Vaccinations, and Tree Bending Poets

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    October 16, 2020 by libroshombre

                Dipping a toe into the Internet’s torrent of real and unreal information is all that’s required for a full …
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  8. Covid, Euclid, and the Isle of Demons

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    September 24, 2020 by libroshombre

                A series of unfortunate events crippled my understanding of algebra, but geometry made sense, thanks to Pete Johnson, my …
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  9. Browsing Shelves, Sacrificing Children, and Virile Bridegrooms

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    September 18, 2020 by libroshombre

                Browsing well-stocked libraries is a booklover’s delight and one many of us are missing while our public library’s shelves …
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  10. Ouija Boards, Gratitude, and Dogs

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    December 10, 2019 by libroshombre

    After my column about Ouija Boards, a curious reader asked me to elaborate on the name’s origin. Smithsonianmag.com wrote, “Contrary …
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