Twenty twenty-one is almost done and dusted—an odd expression that I like, and was sure I knew its meaning. Turns out I was only partly right; it does mean something finished, but google tells me “The expression is mostly used in British English in informal contexts to mean to successfully complete something. Hmmm? How would one be certain 2021 was completed successfully at any level? Well, on a personal level, being alive at… Read More

2020 was what is known as a mixed blessing wasn’t it? Millions have died from Covid; even more millions have survived it with little impact on their lives. Most of us, through common sense, fear, and the wherewithal to follow reasonable guidelines, haven’t contracted it. The world—environmentally, socially, economically, and educationally—is in a probably-unstoppable free fall, but then that happened before Covid even reared its nasty head. A review. So I lost… Read More