Christmas 1484 with Richard III: A Playlet

Scene 1: Westminster Hall is bedecked with greenery and tapestries covered with little white boars as King Richard III and Queen Anne enter. They look around admiringly. Anne: Isn’t it beautiful? (Coughs) I beg your pardon. And look, I’ve left a couple of places vacant just in case your nephews Edward and Richard return for …

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My Favorite Constitutional Amendment

Happy Fourth of July! If you’re in the USA and you’re reading, ranting, raving, or writing today, take a moment to appreciate the First Amendment to the Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or …

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Better than the Beach, Almost

This being Memorial Day weekend, I would normally be at the beach, but as our family was away last weekend, it seemed better for all concerned to spend this weekend at home catching up. Instead, I sashayed down to the local university library, which is at its nicest in the summer. No pesky undergraduates hogging …

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