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About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations.

WordPress Foul-Up No. 109,272

When a little kitten chases its tail, it’s cute and funny. When a 68-year-old man does it, they begin measuring him for a rubber room.

I just knew this day could not go by without WordPress coming up with yet another stupid problem. And this one’s a beauty.

They’ve got me a new follower for my blog. Me. Yeah, I’m listed as a follower of my own blog. I lead it and follow it at the same time. No wonder I’m confused. No wonder my readership is down. Who wants to read someone that egotistical?

Wait’ll these geniuses find out that the Indus Valley Script has never been deciphered. That’ll be next. Re-do all the posts in Indus Valley Script. Ain’t it fun to run a tech company?


This Cat Learns Fast

Watch how quickly this cat adapts to a bizarre addition to his environment–a radio-controlled toy dinosaur. It freaks him out at first. Of course it does! What do cats know from robots? (Our old family dog, Rags, would’ve had this thing in bits and pieces before you could scream, “No, no, that’s expensive!” And then he would’ve smirked.)

I can’t say for sure that the cat figures out that the dinosaur is not, in fact, alive, even if it moves and sounds like something that’s alive. But he does figure out it can’t hurt him.

Cats are smart; and if they had hands, we’d be in trouble.

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The Real Narnia

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Here’s something I’ll betcha didn’t know: there really was–and still is, sort of–a place called Narnia. It was, for almost 3,000 years, a town in Italy; and in 1870, its name was changed to “Narni” (http://www.narniainitaly.com/). It’s still there, perched up in the mountains.

We  can be pretty sure C.S. Lewis knew all about it: he would have read Livy’s History of Rome. Because of its strong, defensible location, and not its size or wealth, Narnia was for a long time kind of an important place.

There is no record of fauns or talking animals having lived there, but I would rather not commit myself as to centaurs.

Now go out there and win a trivia contest.


BTW, I Finished the Book

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Yeah, The Temptation, she’s-a done–in spite of all the computer problems, doctor visits, bad weather, and constant interruptions, Book No. 11 of my Bell Mountain series is all typed up, polished, and sent off to my editor.

I have no idea to what extent, if any, I have succeeded in communicating the vision I had for this book. My wife read the last six chapters this morning, but she was very tired and I don’t know quite what to make of her reaction.

What I tried to do, in the climax of this story, was difficult. It had to be written so that a reasonably with-it 12-year-old would have no trouble understanding it, but at the same time in such a way so as not to alienate adult readers. Sorta like when the pitching coach comes out and tells you, “Don’t give him anything to hit, but don’t walk him, either.”

Oh, well. A writer who’s sure of himself is probably headed for a bad book. I had to work very intently on the climax and I’m kinda wrung out. It’ll be a week or two before I start to miss having no book to be working on. In the meantime, Chalcedon has plenty for me to do.


Climbit Change Mob Takes Aim at… Babies

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You selfish and immoral people! Given the grim seriousness of Climbit Change, how dare you have a baby? You carbon footprint, you! Gyaaaaah….! [Collapses with pink foam oozing from ears. Funny: we thought that space in there was vacant.]

Yes, now the Climbit Change wackos have got a Big Professor of Bioethics to do their shouting for them, and he’s got his knickers in a twist over “the moral aspect”–like any of these guys would recognize morality if it bit ’em in the ass–of having babies in this age of we’re-all-gonna-die Global Warming blah-blah (https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2017/11/17/bioethicist-opinion-science-proves-kids-are-bad-for-earth-morality-suggests-we-stop-having-them/). ‘Cause, ya see, children contribute to Climbit Change.

He doesn’t quite come out and say, like, immediately completely stop having babies waddayou, crazy–! He just wants us to have a lot fewer offspring. Does that mean he wants us to go extinct slowly, instead of in just another generation? He actually likens having a child to releasing a murderer from prison, “knowing he will kill again.” Liberals do that all the time, of course, and it doesn’t bother them a bit. They like murderers. Murder reduces that ol’ carbon footprint. Anyway, says the Big Professor, stop having those confounded  babies!

Where was this great advice when his mother needed it?

In his novel, That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis described an all-powerful scientific consortium whose ultimate goal is to scour the planet clean of life, so it will be “pure.” Their scheme is inspired by Satan. C.S. Lewis never heard of George Soros.

Anyway, did he hit the nail right on the head, or what?

(Thanks to Linda for the news tip. Thanks to WordPress, the above news line doesn’t work. Not my fault.)


‘Parliament Seeks to Ban an Opinion’ (2014)

Make no mistake about it: had Hillary Clinton been elected president, we would already be more than halfway down this road, on the trail blazed by the Mother Country.

Parliament Seeks to Ban an Opinion


‘God of Our Fathers’

From St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City: God of Our Fathers.

Let this hymn serve as a timely reminder of the eternal majesty of God the Father, who made the heavens and the earth and all things in them: of whom it is rightly said, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. As Steve Brown often preached, “If you’re not a little bit afraid, then it’s not God you’re talking to.” For further information, revisit Isaiah Chapter 6.


Here’s What They’ve Done to Me Today

WordPress has really gone to town on me today. I’m surprised there’s anything left of this blog. Here’s what they’d hit me with, just today.

News links don’t link to anything.

Reblogging feature doesn’t work.

Blog followers aren’t getting notified when new posts go up.

And other things are going on at the readers’ end to make communication more difficult.

My readership is down and my blood pressure is up. Every time one problem is solved, two more take its place.

And Congress isn’t even running this mess.


Sleepy Peepies

Did I see that right? A cat climbed into the lizard’s tank to take a nap? I have known a lot of lizards who’d object to that.

If you’re one of those who insists that cats can sleep anywhere, and in virtually any position, this video’s for you.


How To get A Head!!

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I has alyaws wondred whatt To “do” iff yore Boddy was like “no goood” any more but yore Head it was “stil” jist Fine and “whatt” do yiu know, Sience it has got “the” Antser!! Now thay “can cut” yore Head off and putt It “on” anether boddy! Yiu beter beleave its True becose its “in” the news!!! (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/17/worlds-first-human-head-transplant-successfully-carried/)

I was alreddy to sine Up “for” this hear Opration i was al exited butt then  my Prefesser he sorta pored Coled Watter on the hole idear, he sayed “woe holed on, that thare Docter he done it “on” a corps of some dedd guy and”” i sayed wel then That it is nothin, annyone thay culd Do It on a dedd body I culd doo it My self al you nead is some ducked tape!! Big deel! He is “stil dedd aint he??” butt anether sinetist in The storey he sayed soon thay be doing it with bodys “that is” not Dedd but stil alife!! so i was hapy again! I sayed yiu know,, This is “a” weiy yiu Can finnish Collidge if it is takin tooo long ether yiu Can “get a Smarter” Head or a beter Body to putt yore own head On.

Jist think!! John Kery he gets al Old and messed-up And he cant be stoping Climbit Change no more becose he Is evin two Old to go back in the Sennit so al thay got “to” do is cut his Head offf and stick it “on” a helthy Yung Boddy whith lots of mussels and He wil be As good As New!!! he culd evin run fore Pressadint agin if Hillery she dont whant to “do” it. i seen this movey once, thay sowed some wite guy’s Head onto a big blak guy’s Boddy and then you got somone witch Has “got two” Heads (but in the movey them two Heads thay didnt get A long so goood)!!

This jist gose to “show” that Sience it has got Al the Antsers al the Time!


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