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Jim's Jottings

Common sense is a topic of choice

If you've got reasoning or common sense, you're already smarter than a lot of the campus geniuses. I just fried a pound of bacon in a pan on our range. This relates to my common sense remark....more >>

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'Vernacular,' where the meanings are made up

I think it was in my early high school days when I first heard, and learned, the meaning of the word vernacular. I was so pleased with myself. I believe I took a liking to that word after my teacher explained vernacular as being the "language of the streets....more >>

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It is 'fantastic' (this column, of course)

Back up several years to when I came to Oxford in the mid 1950s -- Milton Francis was working for Nowels Lumber Co. Some time after that, he started collecting historical notes He only recently (again) found some upon a cleaning/moving day....more >>

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In a weak moment I read something a PhD wrote

Everyone knows a person's interests change many times throughout life. We go so quickly from Kermit the frog to "our" body to having kids to career to graduations, weddings, etc. Right now, my reading interests are health (depression/recession), golf course negotiations (I need more shots), anti-tax increases, vinegar uses and are Works cleaners better than Lysol? I've had bouts of depression since Hazel died and all headlines referencing this affect get my attention, even if they are too long....more >>

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The May 5 Tax Proposal is a scam!

I suppose I should suggest you read the May 5 Road tax proposal for yourselves. But, I don't want to subject you to this insanely complex formula. How in hell, and why in hell, did the legislature vote to raise taxes on fuel, raise our sales tax, raise the vehicle registration fees while not immediately supplementing the road budgets? In the first two years of tax increases, a significant portion of the new "road" "revenues" go to pay down road related debt accumulated by the men and women in Lansing, our legislature....more >>

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Jottings on 'roos, reporters and peaches

This Jottings first appeared April 16, 2014. It lightens my day just seeing a bunch of kangaroos bouncing across a desert in some commercial. To the geniuses behind the 'roo marketing: Trouble is, I don't remember what they are advertising....more >>

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It's only political in the middle

Lucille Ball said, "That stuff needs splainin.'" (Or maybe it was her Cuban husband Desi Arnaz . . . whatever.) This old guys says, "My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work....more >>

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Listening well sadly a lost art for most

Our guest speaker at Oxford Rotary Club recently was one of the best I've ever heard. Dinah Brinson's message was primarily about listening: "We have been given two ears and but a single mouth in order that we may hear more and talk less....more >>

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Calls from over/or under seas

Got another unwelcome call from a man with a foreign, to me, tongue wanting to talk to me about the expired warranty on my 10-year old Ford. At first I thought it good he found a calling job in America, but he might have been living off shore....more >>

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News from hither and yon

I've been told that I have cataracts for years. For the same number of years, doctors have given me no reason to be concerned. Only recently did an eye-man tell me to get serious about it....more >>
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