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Facebook said I was the target audience for groups that promote white supremacy and eugenics

Facebook said I was the target audience for far-right groups that pine for an Antebellum South and preach the virtues of white supremacy and eugenics. I discovered this when I went to Settings/Ads/YourInterests on Facebook and saw the types of … Continue reading

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The best way to spend a snow day in Iowa is in a cavernous skating rink in a cornfield

Jewel Skate Country has been around for more than 30 years. Big speakers were blasting out Camila Cabello’s “Havanna” and there is a new lighting system, but the rink fells like you are stepping back into the 1980s. Continue reading

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In Portland you can ride a modern streetcar to a museum celebrating ancient steam engines

Portland is a train town. From its history as a 19th Century railroad outpost up to the present with its light rail and streetcars, steel wheels on tracks seem to have forever resonated in the The City of Roses. One … Continue reading

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Writing on the bus

Ray Branbury said write a short story a week, reasoning that it is impossible to write 52 bad short stories in a row. When I came across his advice, it really resonated with me. So I am giving it a … Continue reading

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The Tampa Tribune (1895-2016)

When I was at The Tampa Tribune in the 1980s and 1990s, the newsroom had a lot of personalities, none bigger that H. Doyle Harvill. As editor, Harvill could be an energizing, bewildering force not opposed to proudly flaunting his … Continue reading

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