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And now for a personal request

Posted by Mark Small on June 17, 2021 at 7:55pm 0 Comments

HELP: I ask a special favor of my friends here. I met a very special woman. She’s funny and smart and inquisitive. Our talk traversed gerunds, Latin, English and French. We reached cinema and “The Year of living Dangerously.” (She looked it up on her phone.)

We only exchanged first names in an office waiting area in Greenwood, Indiana. I came out of my meeting and she had left. If anyone knows a woman who met a guy on Tuesday, 6/15, with whom she had such a conversation and she shows…


Florida does not want to teach the factual and objective: slavery

Posted by Mark Small on June 13, 2021 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

Florida has acted to stop the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT). CRT is premised on the idea that racism is built into the structure of this country’s government. It would appear that Florida now requires that instruction be “factual and objective.” That should be a given. There’s more.

Instruction “may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based…


Fur kids...

Posted by Mark Small on June 11, 2021 at 2:47pm 0 Comments

I want to thank everyone who expressed condolences over the passing of my little fur girl Delilah. I have started to read up on how best to go about adopting three or four very young shelter/abandoned feline-Americans.

(I know: there are older kitties out there that need homes, but young ones need homes, too & . I’ve grieved enough over the past few years.) I’ll try to give updates on what I have learned. Also I welcome any advice.

This is the day upon which I entered this…


When those we love have passed ...

Posted by Mark Small on June 8, 2021 at 7:24pm 1 Comment

I was 11. On my dresser was a photo from the first day of school that year. My dog Princess, whom my parents acquired about the same time as I was born, and I stood next to each other on my parents’ front porch. Shortly after, as I looked at that photo, I realized my mortality.

We were about the same age, but she was over 70, in dog years. When I thought of that I was sad, because creatures die when they get so old. But then I thought, one day I would be so old as to die. I said…


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