My blog experiment

Looking back over nearly six years of the Bookends2016 blog, I see that an early article focused on “Experiments in communicating.”  But why the need to experiment?  Ah, I guess most of us know that helpful communicating is not always so simple and easy.

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Of schools and cultural protest

It’s September, the hopeful and nervous back-to-school time, with increased tensions this year due to contentious health issues and other pressures. This post draws on two very different sources relevant to school issues:  a New York Times article about politicized education in the U.S., and a memoir telling about a young man’s Amish schooling.

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A Different Kind of Seaside Mystery: 1. “Ironbound people”

Here is the opening chapter of a series which received a lot of views, first published in 2019. If interested in reading the other chapters as well and following the mystery’s clues, see the Menu category Mystery series.

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Secrecy and the baby scandal in our community

Photo:  Survivors in front of the former Ideal Maternity Home, at their 1997 reunion.  The present “summer re-run” article was first posted on this blog on April 16, 2017. With video.

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Day and night on a bridge

For their mental health, people often cross a “bridge” to another reality for a while, and that can be a good and proper escape, even a healthy one, as long as it truly helps them to move on in life. Here is a time-tested bridge that many have used: Thought-inducing poetry.

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The things that matter in the Olympics

The 2021 Olympic Games is scheduled to start July 23, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the influential Chariots of Fire, voted Best Picture of 1981, about personal meaning at the Olympics and beyond.   With video

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