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77 Things I Learned From Writing 1,000 Blog Essays

Oh, the wonderful James Wallace Harris has done it again. This time he has written his thousandth essay that looks too long to read, but is in fact something I (as usual) am compelled to read to the very end, nodding or squawking all the way through. One point that crops up repeatedly rings a […]

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How to look young in our 70s

Every baby looks like a baby. When you look at a baby, you can guess its age to within a few months. No 15-year-old looks like a 5-year-old, either. Gradually the differences between individuals of the same age stretch out. The difference between two 7-month-old babies is miniscule, and the difference between two septuagenarians is vast. Many, many of us give a […]

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Old lady gets a kitten: pros and cons

All right all right, so I’ve done it again. Got a new cat, in spite of all the arguments against it. Is that wise? Is it ethical? Is it even safe? Watch me torture myself in public over this decision. Introductions first. Her name is Ursula, which slid into place merely because it means “little bear” […]

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Commenting on other blogs: high risk sport

Before Blogging 101, I used to comment on blogs without any worries, just as the spirit moved me. I never thought much about what to say or how to say it. But in Blogging 101 we were given guidelines on how to make valuable comments, and I’m still thinking about those. One tip: “Mind your manners. If you wouldn’t […]

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Blogging 101 is not a walk in the park

I’m doing the 3-week Blogging 101 course run by WordPress University. Three weeks is an ideal length. Actually, I’m squashing it into two weeks, and I’m not the only one. I’ve read that the majority of people enrolled in MOOCs (Mass Open Online Courses run by universities) drop out after four weeks. So I’m guessing […]

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