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Scolding the squirrels in the park

Maybe some of you remember hearing that in December the squirrels in Boston Common kept chewing through the electric lines that supplid power to the lights on the trees.

I happened to be in Boston Common yesterday, so I did my part by scolding every squirrel I saw.

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predicted nominations for the oscars

I found a site that predicted the Oscar nominees for movies released in 2016, but which in reality might not get anywhere near the theaters most people visit until February:

best picture

“Moonlight” (A24)
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski
Fred Berger, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Barbara De Fina, Randall Emmett, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin Winkler
Todd Black, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington
“Hacksaw Ridge” (LIONSGATE)
Terry Benedict, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, William D. Johnson, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver, David Permut, Tyler Thompson
Iain Canning, Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman
Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Karen Lunder, Aaron Ryder
“Hell or High Water” (CBS FILMS)
Sidney Kimmel, Peter Berg, Carla Hacken, Julie Yorn:


Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight“
Damien Chazelle – “La La Land“
Martin Scorsese – “Silence“
Kenneth Lonergan – “Manchester by the Sea“
Denis Villeneuve – “Arrival“

lead actor

Denzel Washington – “Fences“
Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea“
Viggo Mortensen – “Captain Fantastic“
Ryan Gosling – “La La Land“
Andrew Garfield – “Hacksaw Ridge“

lead actress

Natalie Portman – “Jackie“
Emma Stone – “La La Land“
Amy Adams – “Arrival“
Meryl Streep – “Florence Foster Jenkins“
Ruth Negga – “Loving“

supporting actor

Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight“
Hugh Grant – “Florence Foster Jenkins“
Dev Patel – “Lion“
Jeff Bridges – “Hell or High Water“
Issey Ogata – “Silence“

supporting actress

Viola Davis – “Fences“
Naomie Harris – “Moonlight“
Nicole Kidman – “Lion“
Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea“
Octavia Spencer – “Hidden Figures“

originaL Screeenplay

“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan
“La La Land” – Damien Chazelle
“Hell or High Water” – Taylor Sheridan
“The Lobster” – Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos
“Captain Fantastic” – Matt Ross

adapted screenplay

“Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins, Tarell McCraney
“Fences” – August Wilson
“Lion” – Luke Davies
“Arrival” – Eric Heisserer
“Loving” – Jeff Nichols

animated feature

“Zootopia” – (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Kubo and the Two Strings” – (Laika)
“The Red Turtle” – (Sony Pictures Classics)
“My Life as a Zucchini” – (GKIDS)
“Miss Hokusai” – (GKIDS)

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42-word Christmas stories

"We're lost," said Melchior.

"I blame Befanna," said Balthazzar.

"Why me?" Befanna demandeded.

"You get lost at the drop of a hat," Caspar said.

"You're bringing perfume to a baby," Befanna pointed out. I'm bringing him weapons."


"Herod wants him dead."

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When life goes in circles

Fourteen or fifteen years ago, when I still worked in a library, we got a new boss who liked to change things around so the staff would have plenty of projects.

The rfiction section had authros beginning with "A" at the entrance, going back through the alphabet as you went further in. , Y, ad Z were against the back wall. This was crazy, she said, so she reversed the order, putting X Y and Z near the entrance and the beginning of the alphabet along the back wall.

I just dropped in yesterday and found that a new director who started less than a month ago had put things back the way they were fifteen years ago.

Because of the growing popularity of ebooks and online information, the library has fewer books overall, and the ones it still has will mostly fit on the main floor where the building's ramp makes them accessible to people in wheelchairs. The bottom floor has an auditorium which became half full of books at one time. Now it doesn't need to hold so many books, or any at all, so it's going to revert back to being a place for programs.

The grand piano which the earlier director had no use for got stuck in a closet somewhere, but now it may be refurbished and brought back into the auditorium for musical programs. smiley - smiley

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Destructive squirrel grinches in Boston

Squirrels are chewing the power lines
That light the lights on Boston Common's trees.
How to stop them? We've tried fines,
But that didn't work, everyone agrees.

Well, no one actually fined the squirrels, but I needed words that would rhyme in a poem.

Squirrels can do a lot of damage. I have friends who had their screens wrecked by squirrels. Squirrels destroyed about a dozen plants in my neighborhood last summer. One neighbor used traps and caught 6 squirrels live, then released them far away.

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