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About mossjon314159

Avid reader (see my book reviews and ratings here), amateur astronomer and photographer, sporadic crocheter and Rottweiler spoiler.

KC Area ‘Beltway’ Enters 3rd Decade or “A Tale of Two States”

“Kansas followed the Texas plan, buying a wide enough swath of land for the high-speed interstate artery plus room for parallel service roads,” says Kerr. “Missouri just bought enough land for the interstate route and diamond intersections, and didn’t connect … Continue reading

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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Sarasota Opera

Originally posted on As a Matter of Fancy:
Giacomo Puccini‘s Madama Butterfly at the Sarasota Opera This being our second opera experience (the first being Verdi’s Aida at Sarasota in 2016), we now have a point of comparison. Butterfly was…

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Stuck in 1945

Two consecutive weekends I’ve returned to the Pacific, specifically 1945. Last weekend, I watched The Great Raid, which I’d somehow missed when it was released twelve years ago in 2005.  This movie retells the story of The Raid at Cabanatuan, … Continue reading

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Dropping the Bomb

My Brain Upgrade Project continues apace with readings on social and political philosophy.  I wrapped up the chapter with a section on the Limits of the State, which included the following Philosophy and Life insert on p. 595 of my … Continue reading

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Reblogged Review of Being Mortal

Two of my real-life book clubs are reading Being Mortal this year. I recommended it to my uncle, who wrote the following review: Book Review: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (Five Stars) – … Continue reading

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Modesitt on the Fallacy of Undergrad as Vocational Programming

I am guilty of advocating more women pursue STEM degrees, but I’m also one hundred percent behind my daughter’s choice of career in vocal performance. At one point in her life, she was perfectly happy to pursue a STEM related … Continue reading

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