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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.

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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IKEA Defines “Domestic Bliss”

States With The Highest Number of Alzheimer Increases The website Wall Street 24/7 reports that Alzheimer cases are increasing in every state. For example, from 2011 to 2015 the largest increases occurred in Arizona, Nevada, Vermont, Utah and the state with the largest increase of 54.9% , Alaska. These five states will experience a 40% [...]

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Rising and Shrinking Incomes

Home Canning Tips From the Food Safety Blog A government blog recently published a number of tips for people interested in home canning this summer’s produce. The blog lists vegetables with a low acid pHs that are not acidic enough to prevent the growth of botulinum bacteria. Some vegetables in this category include: asperagus, green [...]

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Poor Neighborhoods Vulnerable To More Mosquitos Than Suburbs

DEC Lists Best Places To Swim The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently posted a list of safe places to swim. The list features several links that include DEC owned campgrounds, Office of Parks and Recreation and the New York State Department of Health. Click on the campground link on DEC owned campgrounds [...]

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Online Quiz Can Guess Your Education Level

Online Quiz Says It Can Guess Your Education Level A humor website has a quiz that says it can guess your level of education by the number of right answers to a range of questions. Depending on your correct answers to questions such as “In which Shakespeare play does Ophelia appear,” you then pick from [...]

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Employers Engage in Wage Theft That Totals $15 Billion

Best and Worst States to Raise Children CNN recently reported on an Annie E. Casey Foundation study that ranks states on ethnographic data that gages the well-being of children. For the second year in a row, Minnesota ranks first as the most kid-friendly state. Predictably, Mississippi ranked last in the survey. The lowest ranking states [...]

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Burger King Hijacks Google Home

Nearly One in Eight Workers Exposed To Toxic Substances According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14.9 percent of all workers face exposure to toxic substances. Industry levels of contaminants vary. More than half of workers in construction face exposure to hazardous contaminants. Building, grounds and maintenance workers also face high contaminant levels. In contrast, [...]

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