admin on March 30th, 2010

It’s apparent from this letter that Pop is responding to the suggestion from Newton that he write a book.  There’s a bit of name and place “dropping” in this one. Beth Murphy                                                           Norfolk, Conn. Newton Mfg. Co.                                                     July 18, 1962 Newton, Iowa. Dear Beth: What a lovely compliment, and one that most certainly deserves an […]

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admin on March 28th, 2010

Norfolk has a UCC Church and Catholic Church that operate all year.  Then we have an Episcopal Church that operates only in the summer and is in my neighborhood, on Mills Way.  The neighborhood kids entered a few unoccupied buildings, including the “haunted house” featured last week, but to my knowledge none of us ever […]

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admin on March 25th, 2010

Perhaps I should not be commenting on health care reform at this point, since I do not dissect the various proposals, including the current legislation.  Here’s the problem:  no health care reform will be close to ideal at this point.  Like most things in our increasing paternalistic society the ideal to my mind would involve […]

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admin on March 23rd, 2010

I removed two parts of this letter to make it a little shorter.  A part at the beginning just spoke of business matters and the part at the end was, well, let’s say not culturally correct. Mr. Harold Lufkin, V.P.                                           Norfolk, Conn. Newton Mfg. Co.                                                         April 24, 1962 Newton, Iowa. Dear Mr. Lufkin: I have […]

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admin on March 21st, 2010

The Manor House is a bed and breakfast place, very close to where I live, of some renown.  It started out, at least from my perspective of a young child, as a haunted house.  The Manor House was abandoned in the early to mid sixties and gave the appearance of those haunted houses you saw […]

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admin on March 18th, 2010

Here is the next installment for the new book I’m working on.  Feel free to comment. PART ONE:  NATURAL RIGHTS I have had the type of freedom that, unfortunately for western culture, few people experience.  I have backpacked over 15,000 miles on wilderness trails, always with a group of people, on journeys of up to […]

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admin on March 16th, 2010

It’s been a couple weeks since the first part of this letter came out.  That included a funny story about Pop saving a dog. I will never forget the Tides in Nova Scotia either. Have you ever been there? They rise and fall as much as 60 feet, I believe it is. I know we […]

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admin on March 11th, 2010

The working title for the next book I am working on is called Restoring Balance.  My first book, Systems out of Balance, was a referential guide for how our social systems work and how misinformation affects that.  Restoring Balance will be more of an inspirational guide and much shorter in length.  I will post chapters […]

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admin on March 9th, 2010

This is the day of the week that I usually post one of Pop’s letters.  Today I’ve got to give it up to my daughter Serena, who was awarded first place by the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association for their poetry contest.  Here is the sonnet she submitted. That look is clear and cold my […]

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admin on March 7th, 2010

I grew up with this long garage in my backyard.  You probably can’t see the property marker, but it reveals that the garage goes right up to the property boundary on two sides.  For that matter, so does the neighbor’s garage that you see in white.  Neither practice would be allowed today with zoning requiring […]

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