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I will never give up my landline!

Everyone I know is cutting their connections to wired communication devices these days. Cable television service? Snip! Satellite TV? Snip! Telephone landline? Snip! That last one scares and horrifies me. Well, actually they all do. I cannot imagine functioning without my landline and relying on my cellphone alone. First of all, I would have to learn how to turn my cellphone on. Then, I would…

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I’m so old I remember when . . .

One guaranteed way to mark yourself as a hopeless old boomer is to utter the words, “I remember when . ..” followed by a comment on the price of gas or real estate. Of course, baby boomers remember when gas was twenty-nine cents a gallon and average house prices were only five digits, not seven. On my way home from work in the sixties, I…

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Is it time for a return to wartime housing?

Baby boomers are familiar with wartime housing. Many of us lived in those modest, wood-frame homes built in the late 1940s when all the soldiers returned from WW2 and started families. According to my dad, they were originally built to last twenty-five years, but more than seventy years later most of them are still going strong as successions of new owners have upgraded and improved…

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Sylvia Beach was and remains the most famous bookseller in Paris

When my friend Margaret recommended The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher it went right to the top of my To Read list. Anything with Paris in the title usually gets my attention but this book, in particular, pulls together the threads of so many books of historical fiction I’ve read over the years. Maher’s story about real-life Paris bookstore owner Sylvia Beach is a pleasure to read…

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