Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

The Smart, Felicitous Voice of NPR

A special voice has departed the airwaves that kept us informed and reminded us that language, when well used, can be a beautiful instrument. Robert Siegel has retired from NPR. … Continue reading

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Still Dancing with Words

After more than 600 LifeNotes blog posts over four years, it is time to retrace s0me steps, retract errant predictions and apologize profusely for unintended offenses, raised eyebrows, noisome typos … Continue reading

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Good Riddance to a Peculiar 2017

Thank goodness 2017 is almost history. If 2017 was a person, it would have trademarked the word “peculiar.” It was a year when: A sinkhole became a museum. Budweiser explored … Continue reading

December 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chaos on the Cheap

One thing is clear about Russian meddling in the 2016 election – the Ruskies created a lot of chaos on the cheap. The campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Humans in the Loop, But No Backseat Driver

Artificial intelligence has always struck me as more insult than innovation. Now AI has become a recurring headache for masses of people who fear robots will steal their jobs. Scapegoating … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

When History Happens Around You

Sometimes history happens when you just happen to be around. By pure coincidence, Carole and I scheduled ourselves to be in Barcelona at one of the most cataclysmic moments in modern … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Land of Lost Luggage

Losing luggage is never a good thing. It’s an especially bad thing when your luggage is lost on a long vacation. It causes you to live in the land of … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment