Monthly Archives: September 2017

A needless safety disconnect in football

Football season is upon us again. I pursued a sidelight career as a high school football official – a “ref” – for ten years in my earlier life in the San Francisco Bay Area. My initial training as a “newbie” … Continue reading

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Unpacking “gratuitous”

Though I probably use the word no less often than most of us do, the term “gratuitous” has always seemed vaguely problematic and suspect to me. In its more common usage “gratuitous” means “unwarranted” or “uncalled for” in a negative … Continue reading

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Two newly unearthed pics of Mary White and Ralph Semmes Gordon

A wedding photo of Mary in her gown (Dec. 29, 1920) and Ralph in his military uniform (c. 1918).  Incidentally, Mary’s wedding photo, IMHO, indirectly confirms that the “possible” image of teenage Mary White offered on p. 25 of A … Continue reading

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Mary White Gordon Reading and Discussion in Wallace on the 27th

Note:  Below, the press release and poster for the Mary White Gordon memoir event at the Depot, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27th, 2017.  I’m hoping to bring a little social history into play at the reading.  Looking forward … Continue reading

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