Category Archives: Commentary

Opinion or analysis concerning whatever’s on my mind.

What to Do With Your 2-Week Vacation!

Make french fries! Below is a quick summary of the process. For details, go to the article: Gabrielle Hamilton, “Spoil Them a Little With Homemade French Fries,” NYTimes, 9-12-18) 01. Peel-cut 5-6 russet potatoes into .25-x-.25-inch fries. 02. Refrigerate overnight … Continue reading

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The Blanco River, by Molly O’Halloran

This picture captured me. The act of hand-drawing and painting a map must tap into deep reserves of disciplined obsession. I live toward the bottom of the Guadalupe-Blanco Watershed. When it rains heavily up country it’s possible the mighty Wadi-Loopy … Continue reading

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Category 4 Adverb Storm

This just in: Extreme preparedness for extreme wetness! “Hurricane Florence / [***] says government is ‘absolutely, totally prepared’ for storm… [***] says storm will be ‘tremendously big and tremendously wet’….“ (The Guardian, 9-12-18) [Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights … Continue reading

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This Is Akin to That: Scoping Language

“Gun rights groups have vowed to fight such moves [to limit the unfettered sale of bullets]: ‘Raising taxes on bullets to offset the cost of gun violence is akin to putting a levy on prescription drugs to pay for the … Continue reading

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There Are No “Simple” Truths

By labeling what was essentially an opinion as a “truth” I’ve fallen into a hole I try to skirt as much as I can. Better to have said, “I agree” that knowledge is better than ignorance, leaving truth out of … Continue reading

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Let’s help the monarchs

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Correctness: The Cee Without the Pee

I’ve thought about my understanding of the phrase “politically correct” and concluded that fathoming its semantic range is above my pay grade. My way forward is to drop “politically” and fasten myself to the “correct” part. The Golden Rule is … Continue reading

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