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Adventures in Modern Living

About What to Talk?

Too much happening all at once. Plane crashes killing too many Ethiopians and some poor man at the airport around the corner. Gun happy, people hating white supremacist trying to kill the Umma. Too many dead. An economist with the world on a string commits suicide. What on earth was wrong that you take your very accomplished life at 58? People starving in Yemen. We’re in bed with Saudi Arabia. […]

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On Language Acquisition

My love affair with formal language acquisition began with my cousin who spoke Japanese as a result of having worked in Japan in the aftermath of the US occupation. He was an entertainer who sang in Japanese, a man of color in occupied Japan. Ever after, I’ve learned to speak, read, and write Japanese, though speaking leaves me when I have no one with whom to converse. I tried going […]

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Happy Birthday to Me!

I had to take a break from thinking about Safeco and Protech. It is bizarre to me that I am having such a weird experience with an agency I am supposed to trust(?) to do the right thing because I have faithfully paid my premiums to Safeco since 2011. I received a letter from Cheryl Flaherty, Consumer Affairs Manager for Safeco/Liberty Mutual. “We have conducted a thorough investigation and have […]

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AVOID SAFECO INSURANCE AND PROTECH CONSTRUCTION

If you have an insurance policy with Safeco Insurance, you should look for another provider. There is something terribly wrong with a company that is supposed to have the consumer’s trust but won’t answer questions, lies to your face, bullies you, and destroys your home with no consequences. The low premiums lure you in. Just don’t file a claim. It took 19 days to get a response from Safeco after […]

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