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The memory of dirt

ByByRon FranscellFeb 26, 2024

“Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be rearranged.” —Law of Conservation of Mass For a long time, I collected dirt. OK, maybe not the coolest collection,…

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How to recognize a toxic narcissist—and survive

ByByRon FranscellFeb 11, 2024

According to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder — related to sociopathy under the umbrella term Antisocial Personality Disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated…

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The Blessing Jar

ByByRon FranscellJan 1, 2024

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” —SATCHEL PAIGE I lived a hundred lives last year. The curious wanderer, the angry plumber, the heartbroken son who refused to…

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In defense of Ebenezer Scrooge

ByByRon FranscellDec 13, 2023

I originally wrote this essay as a newspaper column in 1995. It appears here today with a few minor but festive updates because, well, Scrooge is timeless. No businessman in…

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What a Brit says when all of their hopes and dreams are crushed:“Ah well”“Never mind, eh”“Wasn’t meant to be”“Shame”“Could be worse”“Such is life”“Hey ho”“Can’t be helped”“Mustn’t grumble”“Right”“It is what it is”“I knew it”“We’re still alive… barely”“At least it’s not raining”“I’ll put the kettle on”“We’ll laugh about this one day”“Typical”“Bugger” ... See MoreSee Less
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Whenever I get paranoid about online data collection, I get a YouTube ad in Japanese, or all the hot gossip from India on Google News, or Google Play commercials in Chinese. As a biological male, I sometimes even get menopause ads ... then I calm down. ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s all fun and games until you send the clapping emoji instead of the praying hands when commenting on the news of a death in the family. ... See MoreSee Less
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