2017 – Fast-Growing Vines, No Cow Trade-In Needed, or, A Dire Need for De-Vine Intervention

As you may have gathered from last year’s letter, Steve and I are not farmers. However, we did grow up in relatively rural, grow-and-can-your-own households, and we continue to cling to the dream of a backyard garden in spite of the fact that we live in a place with horrible, rocky dirt for a yard …

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7 Dirty Words

Uproar Over Purported Ban at C.D.C. of Words Like ‘Fetus’ (NY Times) • Diversity • Entitlement • Evidence-based • Fetus • Science-based • Transgender • Vulnerable When the Washington Post broke the story that officials at the CDC were instructing employees not to use these seven words, the uproar among advocacy groups and left-leaning individuals …

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17 reasons you should call your Senators to oppose the Tax Bill that will be voted on THIS THURSDAY

1) The most recent CBO score estimates it would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit. That’s $1,400,000,000,000 from the party that’s supposed to be committed to shrinking the deficit. 2) Corporate tax cuts are permanent, but tax cuts, such as they are, for individuals will expire in 10 years. 3) Many low-income people will see …

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Public Comment Submission re/ HHS Draft Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022

As a reminder, the HHS Strategic Plan is open for public comment until October 27th. Comments may be submitted through the web site, or via email to HHSPlan@hhs.gov. There was no way I could limit myself to the 1,000 character limit through the web site. Here is my submitted comment. Pick and choose and re-word …

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A Little Research Keeps You From Being Played Like a Fiddle

Caleb Keeter’s change of heart about gun rights after the Las Vegas mass shooting has gotten a lot of press in recent days. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pro gun machine is turning on him with push-back that he was never a “real” supporter of the Second Amendment anyway. I’ve only seen one such article so far, …

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When Lack of Focus Becomes the New Normal

Re/ 2017, Word Counts and Writing Process (John Scalzi on his Whatever blog) It’s not just writers believe me. One thing I’ve recently noticed is that my lists of things to do, the lists that used to help me focus and get things done, the lists I used to cross half off of by lunch, …

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Daily Acts of Citizenship – A Message to President Obama on His Birthday

Dear President Obama, Happy birthday! I admit that haven’t felt particularly inspired to “sign” the many different birthday greeting emails being sent around by political groups these last few days. Throwing my name on such a digital file seems fairly thoughtless. It seems Mrs. Obama agrees; her message this morning to share something about how …

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Negotiation – I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

Lacking White House plan, Senate focuses on infrastructure (The Hill) The president also defended his decision not to put a rebuilding proposal at the top of the agenda, telling The Wall Street Journal it would have been a “waste” because it’s a bipartisan issue. “A lot of people said you should have started with taxes …

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Volunteering – Getting as Good as You Give

I participated in a panel at the SLA 2017 Annual Conference entitled Beyond the Day Job: Developing Leadership Skills Through Voluntary Service. My recap (below) was originally posted on the SLA LMD blog: It was my honor and pleasure to join four of my colleagues as one of the presenters on this panel. The session …

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Fun with Alcohol and Explosives – Just Like the Founding Fathers Intended!

Although I have lived in the SF area for over 20 years, I have never before watched fireworks over the Bay; Steve *thinks* he remembers doing it once in his 25 years here. Neither of us are really big on crowds, and we don’t think it’s a good use of our time to drive somewhere …

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