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About ericf73

A modern-day combination of Noah, Godot and Clark W. Griswold.

Viva la persistence!

Fellow groucho marxists, Are you like me? Navigating the extra wide aisles of a local Target with the Cadillac of plastic shopping carts trying to ignore the twelve things on clearance that you never knew you wanted, determined to stick … Continue reading

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Pioneer Days

Greetings from the third coast, Yes, that’s something I heard out here in Chicagoland, which seems to take “second city” one step further in the wrong direction. And I know it’s the wrong direction because… it’s great out here!! Granted, … Continue reading

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Merkel’s Yerkels

I feel like that could be the name of her U.S.-based fan club, should we all decide we’ve completely bolloxed up this independence thing and beg for admittance into the E.U. We’re not there yet? The past six months are just … Continue reading

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Go west, not so young man

Well, only fitting in the early days of this post-truth America that I cannot find a definitive source for the “Go west, young man…” quote. Horace Greeley, a newspaper editor, was credited with this full quote in 1865, which resonates a … Continue reading

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everybody knows

What a week for this country. Seemingly everyone surprised by the election result and scrambling through many emotions to determine what Tuesday’s vote really means for our families, friends, and neighbors today and in the near future.

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tempus fu**it

Time is certainly flying now at a pace where I recognize the seasons and, if it promises to be an uncomfortable one like with heat and humidity and the prospect of having to forego wearing pants or get near recreational … Continue reading

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thoughts and prayers

I’m taking special note now of how, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, there is a sudden revolt against this common expression of sympathy — an urgent feeling that our “thoughts and prayers” are simply not enough to change what keeps … Continue reading

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