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The idea for this blog arose from fourteen years of writing columns on the same idea that I produce monthly for my computer club newsletter. Over the years I found a number of the Internet URLs featured in a particular column became dated because I wrote the copy weeks or months in advance. As a result, the urge to write a column with more timely content came about. Newspaper blogs fill the bill nicely.

My first experience with computers came in 1982 using a TRS 80 Model Two. One year later, I introduced IBM PCs in some of my writing classes. In 1983, Internet connection consisted of a dial-up modem with connection speeds of 3, 6 or 12 kilobytes per second, kbs, and a school district subscription to Compuserve, which served then more as a file sharing service than as an Internet ISP. In the early 1980s I participated also in a research project as an adjunct writing instructor at Marist College that studied the effects produced by computers on college student writing proficiency.

Although I now live, retired, in the Finger Lakes, my Hudson Valley roots run deep. My wife and I lived in the Hudson Valley for 22 years when I taught in Dutchess County and later, when I served as an administrator in two Hudson Valley school districts.

I earned two advanced degrees from SUNY New Paltz: a master’s degree in English Education and a CAS in Educational Administration.

Many Mass Murders Are Also Domestic Abusers

Many Mass Murderers Are Also Domestic Abusers According to a recent post, of the 156 mass shootings from 2009 to 2016 more than half the killers also had a history of domestic violence. Many men who commit domestic violence become known to police agencies. But all too often, these men find ways to avoid jail [...]

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Not All Viking Warriors Were Men

American Corporations Paying Employees The Least The website 24/7 Wall Street recently published a list of American corporations that pay employees the lowest wages. As you may expect, retail stores and fast food businesses lead the list. Companies such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Starbucks and Walmart are prominent members of this group. Hotel Chains such [...]

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Drug OD’s Higher in Rural Areas Than In Cities

Drug OD’s Higher In Rural Areas Than In Cities The Center for Disease Control recently released a report that indicates rural areas face higher drug overdose deaths than cities face. The center says that rural areas need more attention from federal agencies to fight this serious drug epidemic. Although the actual number of drug deaths [...]

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Avoid Student Loan Scammers

Avoid Student Loan Scammers The FTC, Federal Trade Commission, states’ Attorneys General and International agencies recently announced a joint initiative to fight student loan scammers through Operation Tech Trap. As part of the initiative, the FTC announced settlements against two massive tech support operations that had bilked millions of dollars from student loan holders. To [...]

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Be careful With Whom You Play

States With The Highest Cancer Rates Cancer was first recorded 4,000 years ago. Every year, approximately 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease. For many years, doctors and researchers have speculated that environmental issues may contribute substantially to this number. The website 24/7 Wall Street recently posted data on cancer rates in all 50 [...]

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A College Degree May Prevent Heart Attacks

America’s Richest and Poorest States In determining the richest and poorest states, website 27/7 Wall Street used the following criteria: median household income, population, 2016 unemployment rate and 2016 poverty rate. As you probably expect, the state of Mississippi ranked 50th. Other states falling in the lowest five include: West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. [...]

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Dating Vocabulary Increases

Hurricane Harvey Unearths Strange Creature Hurricane Harvey unearthed a strange sea creature that was found on a beach in Texas City, Texas. The unknown creature constitutes a nightmare of gigantic proportions. An employee of the National Audobon Society, Preeti Desai, posted this picture on Twitter asking for an identification of the animal. To view the [...]

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Strange But True

RAND Corporation Estimates $83 Billion Savings With Later School Start Times The RAND think tank recently estimated that the United States could add $83 billion to the economy by delaying the start time of middle schools and high schools. According to the article, later start times will improve graduation rates, reduce sleep related car crashes [...]

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Dorothy Parker Remembered

Dorothy Parker Remembered Dorothy Parker is best known for her short quips such as “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” And another famous quip, “Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.” On the 50th anniversary of her death, the Forward published a short piece that links half-Jewish Parker with civil rights icon [...]

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Historical Yuck!

Some Ogden Nash Humor To Lighten The Atmosphere As a high school student, I was not really excited by or impressed by poetry. One exception to my general poetry ennui was the poetry of Ogden Nash. The simple rhyme schemes and pedestrian images and laugh-out-loud humor appealed to my unsophisticated literary appreciation. Since the news [...]

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