The Life and Times of an Ugly Refrigerator

I saw the meme at right online today, and it reminded me of our ugly old refrigerator. It was 1991 when we moved into my former house. It had a 1960 model refrigerator, older than me and way older than the refrigerator in this image. Ours was chocolate brown, faded in some spots, and exceptionallyContinue reading “The Life and Times of an Ugly Refrigerator”

The Capricious Gods of Facebook

Facebook’s community standards algorithms have been even wackier than usual lately. I have occasionally had a post pulled. Usually it was because the algorithm misinterpreted a word that was benign in the context in which I was using it, but that in other contexts might have been controversial. For example, one guy who posted toContinue reading “The Capricious Gods of Facebook”

Are We Still Arguing About This? Really?

Someone on a Facebook page I belong to posted a question, asking members how we’re doing with the newly reinstated covid-19 mask guidelines. Most people showed a lot of sense and said they are following the new guidelines. But one woman — we’ll call her Jennifer — said she will not follow the guidelines, becauseContinue reading “Are We Still Arguing About This? Really?”

Who Turned Out the Lights?

I was sitting at my laptop when something began rumbling outside. At first I thought it was an airplane. But it continued too long for that. Then it stopped. And started again. It took me a minute to realize that I was hearing some particularly epic thunder, though it didn’t look like rain outside. WithinContinue reading “Who Turned Out the Lights?”

Island Adventure: the Kindness of Strangers

Last week we visited Tangier Island, Virginia, in the Chesapeake Bay. I’ll write another post about our time on the island once I have my photos uploaded. But right now, I want to write about car trouble. The plan was for my mother to drive up to our house last Tuesday morning. That afternoon, weContinue reading “Island Adventure: the Kindness of Strangers”

Were the Good Old Days That Good?

A question online asked whether kids in the U.S. today, with cell phones, social media, and other technology, have childhoods that were better than ours were, or worse. Almost everyone who replied said absolutely that our childhoods, in less technologically connected times, were way better that childhoods are today. I was one of the fewContinue reading “Were the Good Old Days That Good?”

Photo Friday: Family Zoom

Tuesday was my mother’s 83rd birthday, and one of my sisters set up a group Zoom call, including an hour of old family photos and videos and some time to chat. Altogether, we had 15 people taking part at one time or another, though some people joined for only part of the time. Zoom isContinue reading “Photo Friday: Family Zoom”