Reversion to YA-hood

Way back when I was in high school I read like crazy (still do). I had lots of paperbacks, including mysteries (Agatha Christie, Rex Stout), thrillers (Doc Savage) and, in hardcover, about half of the Rick Brant Science Adventure Stories. Those were “boys’ books” which tried to make real science more accessible than Tom Swift …

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Book and music purchases arrive

In today’s mail: Paperback editions of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s “Neogenesis” and Eric Flint and Charles Gannon’s “The Vatican Sanction.” Also: the 2016 Celebration of Joan Baez’s 75th birthday, complete with a whole bunch of guest artists singing with her. Here’s one of the songs: Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter singing Donovan’s “Catch the …

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Now those are lead paragraphs!

President Trump famously declared that in his administration the nation would become tired of all the winning. So on Friday he tried a little losing. After the longest government shutdown in history, Mr. Trump surrendered with nothing concrete (or steel) to show for the battle, taking essentially the same deal that was on the table …

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Not a good look, McConnell

For the third time in two weeks, today Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) blocked legislation to open part of the Federal government. The Senate GOP leader didn’t explain his objection from the Senate floor but he has warned for weeks that he will not bring up a government funding bill unless it’s the product of …

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Batteries not required

Just for fun, here are Peter Paul and Mary singing the most playful of songs, one about a toy. But not just any toy! Nope, this one is a Marvelous toy! Tom Paxton composed the song in the 1950s. When legendary producer Milt Okun heard him play it Okun made Paxton the first writer signed …

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