Having a two-year-old requires constant vigilance, to preserve them from harm. Don’t learn the hard way. When they become able to run about on their own, they are tragic accidents ready to happen.

We were enjoying a restful week in Hawaii. No thought of danger. We don’t have a pool at home, so unattended swimming pools were not on our mind.

However, If your child slips out of bed at five in the morning, leaves your pool-side room, and runs out to slip and fall in, disaster can strike from nowhere. Fortunately, our kid turned out to be a natural swimmer.

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my neighborhood

Image by Cyranny

saw these cool shapes in a depressed industrial part of town. sought out the artist and bought them for peanuts. installed poles in my front yard in Beverly Hills and strung the shapes up. police showed up shortly thereafter. neighbors were complaining. I refused to remove the shapes or the poles. they’re art. part of my first-amendment rights according to the constitution. the artist came and told me he was being threatened. i paid for his move to Paris. I installed noisy parrot homes in the shapes. Stand up for your rights!

for a similar (true) story: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/06/flintstone-house-dinosaur-owner-hillsborough

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Your Restaurant Reviews…

…in 100 words!

Hello, again. Today we’re in Paris, to review the oldest restaurant in town!

No, not Le Precope, opened in 1686 in the present 6th arrondissement. Instead we visit Le Trou Dans Le Mur, opened in 1466! Enter through a hard-to-find hole in a wall in the neighboring 5th arrondissement on the city’s oldest street, Rue Saint Jacques. Take care; there is road construction going on.

Here you will find four tables, attended to by a Vietnamese family of eleven. I recommend the Cuisses de grenouilles, so fresh they must have just hopped out of the Siene… More in next 100 words.

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our apples

Photo by Annie Spratt

one bad apple spoils the whole barrel

so let’s get rid of the barrel

make all not some classrooms  clean and well-lit

pay our teachers

at a level commensurate with their importance

the importance of teachers always being high

support them in their on-going training

lay in and replenish teaching materials


rotten apples cannot be made fresh

but bad children

whatever bad means exactly

can be helped

supported, guided


doctors heal

we appreciate and reward them

teachers heal too


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getting away from it all


It’s not as hard to sit on the edge of a tall building as you might think. Philippe Petit did it before wire-walking between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Every building is different, but one way or another, most are not perfectly secure.

I have sat on the edge of buildings higher than fifty stories in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit (the easiest), Atlanta, Los Angeles (money had to change hands). and San Francisco (where I was the highest).

I never lost concentration, slipping off, and a sudden gust of wind only caught me once.


Photo by Yeshi Kangrang
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