Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Good News in the Midst of Bad

With so much bad news flooding newspapers, radio and TV, it is nice to have a good-news story to celebrate. The two Americans infected with Ebola in Liberia walked out … Continue reading

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The Bathroom as Reading Room

It may not be the question for the ages, but what do people read while on the throne? And perhaps a relevant follow-up: Why? Let me be clear, I’m all … Continue reading

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Changing the World, One Can of Tuna at a Time

Change is the one constant in life. One day you are eating canned tuna; the next you are dining on fresh salmon grilled to perfection on a cedar plank on … Continue reading

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The Finnish Brotherhood of Astoria

There is very little someone can do to prepare for a bilingual American town in which the second language is Finnish. All you can really do is surrender to a Finnish … Continue reading

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Hello Hot Dogs and Pass the Mustard

There is something about hot summer weather that makes you crave a hot dog, or maybe two. We ate hot dogs for dinner last week – twice. Hebrew National makes … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Columnist, Mathematician and English Major

I’m putting a bust of Nicholas Kristof on my desk in recognition of his defense of the humanities. It will be right next to Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vacationing in Slime and Danger

People pay money to tour Newtown Creek, one of the most polluted 3.5 miles in New York City. They glide on canoes on a waterway spoiled by oil spills and … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

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