Boarding House Blues

Category: Misc.

5 April 2021
Typewriters

As a writer, typewriters have a mystical allure I can't resist. I played on my mother’s clunky Remington and, as a journalism grad student, learned to type on an IBM Selectric. And now I save my money to buy antique machines. In 1714, a patent for “an artificial machine ... for impressing ... letters ... […]

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22 January 2021
Pandemics: 1918 vs 2020

Plus les choses changent,plus elles restent les mêmes. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Two pandemics, one hundred years apart, and masking is still the order of the day. In 1918, it was the Influenza Pandemic, and masks — fashioned from gauze and cheesecloth -- were called muzzles, germ scarers and […]

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