Posts made in March, 2019

My Wobbly Bicycle, 168

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Archive | 4 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 168

I once took a course in speed-reading. Actually, I also taught it a few times. It was popular in the 70s. The idea was to learn to move your eyes over and down the page in syntactic chunks, to train yourself not to read word-by-word. We used a machine called a ratometer that could be set to move a guide down the page at a set speed. When you finished a section, there was a comprehension test. You had to get a certain score before you could advance to a faster speed.   I guess it made a difference. I’m a fast reader. My eyes can fly over the page, or down the column, and get the gist of...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 167

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Archive | 14 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 167

Last year, the attorney told me that settling my father’s (modest) Trust would not be hard. I understood him to say he could handle most things. What that meant, apparently, was that he would give me a nice, neat three-page list of what needs to be done. Unless we want to spend a fortune on attorney’s fees. I have kept an equally nice, neat file box, 11 items (investment accounts, retirement accounts, etc.) each in its own folder. This is not my area of expertise, for God’s sake, but I thought I had it under control.   Okay, we are going to play Monopoly. No matter where you land,...

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