Share Your World 7-8-2020


In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic?

Software. I know how it is written. I have written some myself. Nothing fancy, but enough to get a grip on how it is done. I have worked with databases (a lot) and designed databases.

But why does it work? Why do written words tell a machine to do anything? I’m not arguing about it’s functionality. Obviously it works and we get all kinds of aggravated when it doesn’t. But why on earth should a series of written commands make my computer function?

If it isn’t magic, it’s pretty close to it!

Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been?

The New York City subway. I grew up in New York and over all, many parts of New York are pretty stinky. By the time I was back on a subway, it had been more than 30 years since I’d ridden one.

It was overwhelming. Between the noise (people were talking on cell phones — how could they hear ANYTHING?), the crowding (body to body), and the stench … well … I’d forgotten how evil it was.

What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults?

For a fat girl, you dress really well.

What incredibly common thing have you never done?

Rode on a Boston subway (the “T”). I took buses occasionally, we drove when we could — and mostly, we walked for miles rather than take public transport. We lived in the middle of town, so most places were within a mile or two at the most. Besides, with alternate side of the street parking and two cars, it was safer to grab a cab than ones own car.

Please feel free to share some gratitude that you experienced during the past week! 

They are now publishing a county-by-county index of COVID cases. Our area of Worcester county is running very low,levels – about 2.5 cases per 100,.000 people. I’m not even sure we have 100,000 people in Worcester county. If we are careful, we may just come out of this alive.

QUEEN ANNE’S LACE – Marilyn Armstrong


This wildflower pops up in various parts of our property from time to time. It’s naturalized in the U.S. and Australia, wild all over Europe and parts of Asia. It doesn’t grow here consistently but sometimes, there it is. It’s also sometimes called a “wild carrot.” Has anyone ever eaten one?

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