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On my way to writing there was a pandemic. And we moved to Georgia. And Trump.

I had such good intentions at the start of the year. I was going to lose weight, get in shape, and most of all, return to writing on a regular basis. And then the rest of 2020 hit. It started with COVID and it ends with COVID and a parade of masks and hand washes […]

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Political

It’s 2020 and the fun is about to begin

I spent New Year’s Eve as usual: in bed before midnight with noise cancelling ear plugs stuffed in my ears and my favorite thunderstorm and fireplace sound file playing.  Only a few firework explosions last night; my neighbors must be slipping. Speaking of thunderstorms and explosion, this is the year we kick Trump, McConnell, Nunes, […]

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Just Shelley

Time to Write

Damn it, it’s time to start writing again, before I get too old and feeble and forget how. Sorry, still no comments. Last time I had them, it didn’t end well. Hopefully discussions on Facebook and Twitter will be sufficient. Or the new WT.Social, from Wikipedia’s own Jimmy Wales. I’m ambivalent about it, but if […]

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Political

New Yorker piece on Al Franken

I should write a follow-up to my earlier piece on Al Franken, but time flies, writers plod. In the meantime, Jane Mayer of the New Yorker has an excellent piece on the entire fiasco, albeit she’s more sympathetic to Leeann Tweeden than I am. Senators who regret their hasty and pandering decision: too damn late. […]

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Government

Freelancers: The IRS just made your life more difficult

For decades I was a freelance software engineer and writer. Nowadays, I’m mainly a writer. As a freelancer, my income tax filing has been reasonably uncomplicated in the past. Enough so that I never used online software, preferring to use the fill-in PDF forms and then sending in the paperwork.  Then came the great tax […]