Archive for February 2019

My 'hold onto your hat' weekend

My 'hold onto your hat' weekend
I have a favorite hat made of gray Irish tweed. It’s the most comfortable hat I’ve ever had, and it’s also the warmest. If you’ve seen me in this weather, you’ve seen it. It dates to the end of 2007, so I suppose I should look for another. But I don’t want to look for... Read more »

More on time spans: This time, decades

More on time spans: This time, decades
Note: Thanks to reader and commenter Jack for this idea from his comment on my previous post. The glory of a system based on counting to ten is that we don’t need to figure out multiples of six, seven or anything else. My previous post, “Spanning three centuries — here? Not exactly,” available here, looked at... Read more »

'Spanning three centuries' -- here? Not exactly

'Spanning three centuries' -- here? Not exactly
I was minding my own business on Saturday, listening to the radio while I did, and an ad came on. I won’t name the product because I want to debunk one of its claims — an expression I’m hearing too much of. This product’s qualities were extolled as marvels “spanning three centuries.” OK, I get... Read more »
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Bartlett's on habits

Bartlett's on habits
Last week was a turbulent one in my life, which was turbulent enough already. I won’t bother you with what went on; in the spirit of “Epistle to a Young Friend” by Robert Burns, I shall keep that to myself. But except for my habit of writing privately in my diary every night, the turbulence... Read more »

State of the Union? I'd rather see the president try to hold up to 'Question Time'

State of the Union? I'd rather see the president try to hold up to 'Question Time'
I used to watch the president give the annual “State of the Union” speech with great interest. But 2009, the year when Joe Wilson, a congressman from South Carolina, called out “You lie!” to President Barack Obama, left me thinking the speeches wouldn’t be as interesting after that. I tried watching President Donald Trump give... Read more »