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INDEPENDENTLY SPEAKING

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March 27, 2020

People think I’m old.

I find that surprising.

Sure, the beard is completely white and so is what’s left of the hair on the top of my head. The aches and pains are significant, and on those rare occasions when I glimpse myself in a store front window from a distance, my g...

March 20, 2020

We had guests for lunch. In honor of the occasion, I put on pants with a belt and a shirt with buttons.  They’re probably going to be our last guests for a while.

I’m pretty good at social distancing. My ordinary work day has me by myself, and no other human beings with...

March 13, 2020

I’ve always thought that my dislike of Washington stemmed from the time I spent two days there, in July, wearing a suit and being nice to people.

Which was, apparently, one day beyond my capacity for politeness.

This weekend I started thinking about the one other time I...

March 6, 2020

An old woman raises her hand in church to testify.

She says, “I only have two teeth left in my mouth, but praise God, they’re hitters.”

I wonder if rich people are funny?

It’s a serious question and I’m having trouble finding the answer.

I’ve asked most of my friends, but...

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