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The paradox

The paradox

I sit looking out my upstairs window at four trees poking through mostly lawn. Last year, we planted a 4×16-foot wildflower plot on a piece of that lawn. This year the strip will be 4×100, roughly — a divider between our suburban lot and the one next to ours and, we hope, a larger magnet for butterflies. It might seem as though I’m bragging, but …

Big Brother wants your Facebook password

Big Brother wants your Facebook password

I was in Florida a couple weeks ago, and purchased a SunPass – like an EZ-Pass to most of the rest of the East Coast states, except EZ-Pass doesn’t work in Florida. They have their own thing going down there, and they’re not sharing. Of course, one can drive the Florida Turnpike without a SunPass. The state also has Photo Billing, with which it has replaced humans in toll booths. Gone is the toll-taker with whom you could have a…

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It’s not what you do it with that counts; it’s what you do with it that means everything

It’s not what you do it with that counts; it’s what you do with it that means everything

A fellow columnist wrote last week thanking other kids’ parents for buying their eight-year-olds cell phones. He thought a cell phone to be far down on the list of things an eight-year-old should have to keep track of. “But dad,” his offspring moaned, “Everybody’s got one.” My daughter used that line on me once or twice, to which I replied, “I doubt that a lot.” Sometime after the last time, Daughter was overheard in conversation with a friend who wanted…

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