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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Writer's Life 3/8 -

Here's someone that sounds like a great college president. Oklahoma Wesleyan's Everett Piper has refused to knuckle under to political correctness. He has told students to "grow up" and "get a backbone." He has also said: "The creation of a safe space so that a countering idea cannot enter your world is not education - that is nothing but ideological fascism." Kudos, sir.

Richard Johnson usually concludes his gossip column in the NY Post with a quote. Today's is one that should make almost everyone happy: "It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." That was said by Abraham Lincoln, which surprised me, as he always seemed pretty much a straight arrow. I believe he was advocating moderation not excess. Let's not use his wisdom as a rationale to go crazy.

Erin Andrews was wronged and deserved compensation, but $55 million, almost evenly divided between the hotel and her stalker, seems about $45 million too much.

I'm really enjoying the return of Gotham. Mr. Freeze's back story has been excellent, and the havoc he wreaks has been captured chillingly by the CGI wonks.

I received my NetSpend debit card in yesterday's mail. I activated it, registered, and then couldn't get back into the website, so I was skeptical about ever getting to spend my $223 refund. I'm happy to report that it worked like a charm this morning at the Invite Health site, where I stocked up on green tea extract. I read through the little instruction pamphlet and saw that there are transaction fees, which means I will not get the full amount. I guess what bothers me about this is wondering whether a percentage of the fees goes back to the government. It wouldn't surprise me.

Although I had to lug the crates a considerable distance today, the floating book shop was rewarding. My thanks to the kind folks made purchases and to the Russian woman who donated two books in her native tongue, and to Herbie, who donated a paperback, and to Jeff, one of Atlantic Towers stellar porters, who put aside a couple of boxes of books for me. There were about 50, all non-fiction, many similar themed. I selected about 20. The first two that will be on display are Wayne Dyer's Excuses Begone! and The American Heritage College Dictionary, each in pristine condition.
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