Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

More Things the World Doesn’t Need

The world has a lot of things we don’t need. Here are three more – a hamster-ball houseboat, flesh-eating death suits and touchy-feely wrestling coaches. People of the world bemoan the … Continue reading

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Doubting Shakespeare

Mark Rylance, who won an Oscar for his nuanced portrayal of a Russian spy in Bridge of Spies, is heading a reinvigorated effort to prove someone other than William Shakespeare wrote the canon … Continue reading

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Texting at the Movies

Texting at movies doesn’t bother me much because we don’t go to many movies. If we did, it would bug me if someone was pecking away on their smartphone while … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Reality of Fake News

The Boston Globe published a satirical front page Sunday that looked ahead to the early days of a Donald Trump presidency that included mass deportations, gutted libel laws and a … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Exploring the Nooks and Crannies of Creepy

No, this isn’t another political screed. This is a blog about science. The science of creepiness. Like pornography, there is no widely accepted definition of creepy. We just know it when … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Blogging in an Angry World

Blogging in an angry world is hard, especially if you aren’t all that angry. Your audience is angry, or at least touchy. About politics, religion, terrorism, neighbors, noise, congestion and … Continue reading

April 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Our Softball Girls

Watching Ava, our 9-year-old granddaughter, play softball over spring break in Scottsdale brought back tender memories of when my parents and I coached our own team of “softball girls.” We began … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

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