Monthly Archives: December 2012

Introverts in a gregarious world, Part 2

Our admiration of extroverts (see Introverts in a gregarious world Part 1) causes problems for those who of us who would rather curl up with a book than face a crowd of strangers at a party. Susan Cain, the author of Quiet, … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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Introverts in a gregarious world

Now that the holiday season is winding down, I thought I’d take on a more academic topic, especially before the library book on this subject is overdue. Have you noticed lately that the extrovert represents for many the model for … Continue reading

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Celebrating in the snow

This year we opted for a White Christmas, and since forecasters were not predicting snow to come to us, we went to it. This was our way of attempting to start a new holiday tradition, a necessity since we don’t … Continue reading

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Seasonal favorites and not-so-favorites

A friend suggested I write a blog about my least favorite holiday experiences from my working days in school administration, things that I no longer have to put up with now that I’m retired — sort of a reverse Julie … Continue reading

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Garden of translucent delights

I used to think retirement meant living a life of spontaneity.  In fact, that life we used to live, which consisted of dropping in on friends any day of the week and being invited to stay for dinner, driving to … Continue reading

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French bread the hard way

Recipe titles and directions are sometimes misleading.  We’ve all heard of the Chinese dish called hundred-year and sometimes thousand-year eggs. According to Wikipedia, these actually take about a month to make. The title comes from the centuries-old recipe cooks use to … Continue reading

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Bird feeders and writers’ block

I’ve found a new distractor more powerful than the call of incoming emails and on-line news updates. It’s also a great boon to writers. It’s a bird feeder. A few years ago, my husband and I bought and hung suet … Continue reading

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Ready for robots?

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle has interviewed a lot of people who say they’re ready for robot mates, robot care givers and robot friends.  Is this because they’re lonely and believe having a robot around would be better than no company … Continue reading

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