1. Bubblegum, Pen Names, and Wild Bill Hickok

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    February 4, 2022 by libroshombre

                It began with “Little Arrows,” Leapy Lee’s 1968 (and only) hit that I heard recently for the first time …
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  2. Humaning, Nero, and Obscure Sorrows

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    January 16, 2022 by libroshombre

    Once long ago my mother read to me every night at bedtime, and she also read to herself a lot: …
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  3. Proofing, Generosity, and Sic

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    January 16, 2022 by libroshombre

    A recent online article, “The Language of Climate is Evolving From ‘Change’ to ‘Catastrophe’,” reminded me of the enormous debt …
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  4. Memories, Rats, and Hair Books

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    January 16, 2022 by libroshombre

    P.G. Wodehouse, the greatest humor writer of the twentieth century, claimed that “Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap …
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  5. Radioactive Toys, Staple Removers, and Ubuntu

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    November 30, 2021 by libroshombre

    LIBRARIAN COLUMN  “The Rudest States in the United States,” an internet article by Kathy Morris, left me ruminating about anger …
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  6. Thumbs, Maxims, and Regret

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    November 6, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Doctors say that our thumb is our master-finger and that our French word for it, ‘pouce,’ derives from the Latin …
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  7. 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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  8. Friendships, Moons, and Jousting

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    November 6, 2021 by libroshombre

                Michel Montaigne had a lot to say about friendship.  In his essay, “On Friendship,” a paean to his deceased …
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  9. Conning, Theivery, and Goatish Retribution

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    June 3, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication …
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  10. 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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