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Issue #836
Volume 16 Number 52
October 18, 2019

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Cloudeight InfoAve Premium - Reader's Comments

A comment from Sherri
Darcy, thank you for a job well done. I am so happy to have both of my computers under the care of Cloudeight. I am so glad you are here to help customers like me who are not very computer savvy. I know I can trust my computers to you and TC. Your prices are move than fair and your services are exceptional. I'm am one of your many very happy customers! Thanks, Sherri

A comment from Helen
Thank you so much for your help, TC. I honestly don't know what I'd do without your help. I have been with Cloudeight since the beginning - I was a big fan of your stationery. And I now rely on you and Darcy to keep my computer up and running and to keep me safe. Thank you again for all your help and your wonderful newsletters. Sincerely, Helen.

A comment from David
Just a huge thank you to Darcy. My Emsisoft was about to expire and I was not paying attention. I was worried my protection was about to expire and I wasn't sure about how to renew my Emsisoft. I emailed Cloudeight, and Darcy replied and got my Emsisoft renewed for me immediately. What great service. Thanks again, David G.

A comment from Rebecca
A big thank you to TC. He just worked on my 79 year-old husband's Windows 10 laptop. He was a dyed in the wool Windows 7 user and was having a fit because Windows 10 does not look much like Windows 7. I got an appt. with Cloudeight. TC came, found some bad programs on my husband's computer, removed them, cleaned things up, and then make his Windows 10 computer look just like Windows 7. My husband's happy and not complaining about his new laptop anymore. So thanks so much TC. You and Darcy offer a great service and your prices are so fair!

A comment from Robert
I just wanted to thank you for all the years of help you've given me and my family. From your web site to your newsletters, to your repair service, you provide an exceptional service that I and many others appreciate. I have been with you many years and I just felt like a thank you from me was way overdue. Thanks so much to both of you. Robert F.

A big Cloudeight "Thank you!" to Sherri, Helen, David, Rebecca, Robert and everyone who took time out to write to us, share a comment and/or share us on Facebook! We appreciate your kind words and your support very much! EB & TC. 

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Heinz has a problem with a website form that's being auto-filled by his browser
I am a Disabled American Veteran service officer. I work VA claims for Veteran Compensation. Here is the issue: I go to VA Forms for the latest forms that they have. They change frequently. When I pull in a form from the VA website, I get a form that I previously filed out for a veteran instead of getting a new blank form. I have cleared the cache and cookies, but it still happens. How can I find this filled out form on my computer and permanently delete it? Hope you understand this issue.

Our answer
Hi Heinz. Incognito, Private, and InPrivate browser modes would solve your problem since no browser saves anything in these modes. But since I'm not sure of what browser you're using, I'll try to cover all of the popular browsers and show you the easiest way to open incognito or private browser windows.

Chrome
If you're using Chrome, with Chrome open press the CTRL+SHIFT+N keys to open a new incognito window. In incognito mode, Google Chrome does not store anything or save anything, so this should work for you every time.

Firefox
If you are using Firefox, with Firefox open, press CTRL+SHIFT+P to open a new private window, like incognito mode in Chrome, Firefox does not store or save any data from your browser sessions.

Microsoft Edge
If you are using MS Edge, right-click on the MS Edge shortcut and click "New InPrivate Window". InPrivate mode is the same as Incognito mode in Chrome and Private mode in Firefox.

Internet Explorer
If you are using Internet Explorer, right-click on the shortcut and choose "New InPrivate Browsing".

Let me know if this helps you. If it does, and if you'd like, I can show you how to make shortcuts to open your browser directly in incognito or private modes.
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Heinz wrote back: "Thank TC, for your response. I will try all of those examples on Monday, where I work for DAV.I would like the shortcuts to browsers. Darcy set up Thunderbird on my home computer last month. I sent her a thank you note. Heinz"

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Delores got a USB WiFi adapter but now her wireless mouse and keyboard don't work
I got a wireless adapter as you suggested. Thanks! It is working and I am connecting to the internet fine. But my wireless keyboard and wireless mouse connects but do not work. Is the adapter not working with them? You are wonderful and always helpful. Thank you so much.

Our answer
Hi Delores. Thanks for your nice comments.

Your wireless network does not affect your wireless keyboard/mouse. Wireless keyboards and mice have a receiver that plugs into a USB port on your computer that creates a connection that is independent of your wireless network. You can use a wireless mouse or keyboard with a wired (Ethernet) connection as well as a Wi-Fi connection. You don't need an internet connection at all to use a wireless mouse or keyboard.

So whatever is wrong with your wireless mouse & keyboard has nothing to do with your wireless adapter or network.

Try this: Shutdown your computer. Then unplug your wireless mouse/keyboard receiver that plugs into a USB port. Then plug the receiver into a different USB port and turn the computer back on and see if that works. The only other thing I can think of would be your keyboard/mouse batteries need to be replaced or recharged. If they have rechargeable batteries and they are very old they may no longer be able to hold a charge and you might need to replace them.

I hope this helps you, Delores.

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Audrey needs to contact Microsoft
Do you possibly have a valid phone number for Microsoft? You had published several contact phone numbers a month or so ago, but of course, I can't find it right now. I'm trying to get the password for my husband's account since our computer crashed. Thank you!

Our answer
Hi Audrey. Microsoft’s customer service number is 1-800-642-7676. That is the North American Microsoft Support number. It’s answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You won’t be answered by a real person, you’ll have to tap some keys as you listen to the prompts. Microsoft will try to guide you away from talking to a real Microsoft employee by telling you about “self-help resources”. But just be persistent. In our tests, we were able to get to a real person within 5 minutes.

If you’re using Windows 10 you can contact support right from any PC. You can even have Microsoft call you or you can schedule a call from Microsoft. See this page to learn how to do that.

If you need any more help, let us know.

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Jean lost her Internet connection on her main computer
My main computer has lost internet connection. In Device Manager, there is the yellow triangle beside the Intel (R) 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection #2. Tried to update. The message is: Windows has determined the best driver for this device is already installed. There may be better drivers on Windows Update or on the device manufacturer's website. I need your advice please and thank you. Jean.

Our answer
Hi Jean. Installing a new driver will not fix the Ethernet connection. I'm assuming it stopped working before you tried installing a new driver. I'm going to guess your Network card is going bad or has gone bad. We can rule out a problem with your modem and router since your other devices are working. Does your computer have a wireless card? If so, you could connect using the WiFi connection.

I suggest you reset your network. Resetting the network settings only affects your compute. It  will completely reset your PC's network settings as well as your network adapters. This may help you. If you want to try resetting your network - I think it's worth a try anyway - follow the instructions on this page:

http://www.thundercloud.net/infoave/new/how-to-completely-reset-windows-10-network-settings/

Let me know what happens and if you need anymore help.
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Jean wrote back: "Hi TC. It worked!! I'm on the internet... everything went smoothly. Thanks buckets. I don't know what I would do without you to turn to every time I have a problem. Jean"

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Bill asks about a registry cleaner and Norton LifeLock

Hi Neighbors! Yup still above the sod—at least for some time yet I hope. Suppose you two are ready for the winter temps and such? It’s coming a tad too early. Had about 4” here, but that’s mostly gone.

I had a question that I’ve been wanting to write you about so just decided to write you direct. I’ve have a program entitled Registry First Aid that I’ve been using for several years. I know what you’re going to say—I think, but I can handle it. Smile I think I got it from my AU pal. She was using it at the time. I must have been using it for a couple years or so. I’m not an expert here by any means as it seems to be doing well, but I’d like your take on it. The reason being that I’d like to assist you a bit again in your efforts to survive a bit longer at this computer business by purchasing your Reg Organizer when my program is due to renew.

Isn’t Life Lock associated with Norton? I thought I read that somewhere. Anyway, I wouldn’t have Norton stuffed up my nose no how. I used to use it way back in time when I was running Macs, which I loved btw, but it let some crap in even after I was keeping it current, or thought I was. I don’t want to hurt your feelings either, but I detest FB too. I feel the same way about all those social programs. Maybe I’m getting too old and cranky?

Anyway, you two take care and keep up the good work. Good to hear from you. Oh, and another thing, I’m having trouble keeping current with your InfoAve Premium. Too fast for me anymore.

Our answer
Hi Bill. It's good to hear from you again.

Registry First Aid is not something we think highly of - it's a registry cleaner which is not necessary and these kinds of programs can get you into trouble. Luckily it has not gotten you in trouble yet, I hope.

As far as Lifelock, Norton bought it and it sure belongs with Norton which is still riding on the reputation it earned way back in the 1990's when it was one of the only antivirus programs available then. Those were the days when viruses were everywhere. Now more sophisticated malware have pretty much made viruses things of the past. Norton has only gotten worse it doesn't do a very good job of protecting its users from the malware they are most likely to encounter. Rather than improving the software, they just keep adding things to it like VPNs and LifeLock.

LifeLock has a long reputation of not delivering on its promises. LifeLock has been sued many times and it has been fined by the FTC for false advertising. Currently, LifeLock is involved in a class-action lawsuit. If someone want's to throw away $120 - $240 a year, I wish they'd throw it our way. We recently covered this in our InfoAve newsletter on Friday, October 18, 2019.

Here's part of that article...
"A new class action lawsuit alleges that LifeLock, an identity theft protection service, fails to deliver on the promises it makes to consumers in its TV, radio, and online advertising.

The LifeLock class action states that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has even brought legal action against the company on two separate occasions, but LifeLock continues to misstate the services it purports to provide to consumers.

Plaintiffs Joe Weingarten and Darrell Hunter allege that they each paid hundreds of dollars to LifeLock based on advertising that promised protection from identity theft; however, the company did not live up to its promises.

Weingarten says he discovered that his Social Security number and personal credit were being used fraudulently. Further, LifeLock failed to notify him that his address had been changed with the United States Postal Service without his knowledge.

Hunter alleges that he paid for LifeLock services in 2014 and 2015, but when he tried to use LifeLock to resolve a credit inquiry, the company failed to do anything about the problem even months later..."  
To read more see this page..
The best way to keep your identity safe is not to buy Norton/LifeLock but to use common sense and reasonable care when giving out your personal information (social security number, home address, credit card numbers, etc.) online. Most identity theft begins with an email designed to look like it came from the government, a bank or a credit card company asking the recipient to "verify" his/her personal information. A link is provided. Click the link and you will see a site that looks just like you expect. But it is only a very good counterfeit of the site you're expecting to see. These criminals are clever and talented and they can design emails and web sites that look exactly like the real thing. But no bank, no credit card company, and no government will ask you to click a link to verify anything - if they need you to take action they will tell you to "Log in to your account" or call. Never click a link in an email asking you to verify your personal information or update your password.

You'll be happy to learn we have trimmed down our InfoAve Premium Newsletter. We have made it a bit shorter and easier to read. We've even moved additional questions and answers online -- which as turned out to be very popular. So it should now be easier to keep up with - we hope.

I hope this answers your questions.

It's good to hear from you, Bill. I agree - every day above ground is a good day!

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How to Clean Your Windows 10 Computer If You’re Selling  it Or Giving It Away
Windows 10 (all versions)

If you’re going to be giving away or selling your Windows 10 computer, you’ll be glad to know that you don’t need to download any 3-party software to wipe your personal information from your computer before you give it away or sell it. Now we’re not saying that this would pass NSA, CIA, or FBI forensics scrutiny, but for most of us ordinary souls this method will work just fine.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Right-click on the Windows 10 start button & click Settings.

2. In Settings > click on Update & Security.

3. In Update & Security > click on Recovery



4. In Recovery under Reset this PC” > click on “Get started”.

5. When you click on “Get started”,  you’ll have two options:

   a. Keep my files – Removes apps and settings, but keeps your personal files.

   b. Remove everything – Removes all of your personal files, apps and settings.



6. Click on Remove everything.



7. Windows will ask if you want “Just remove my files ” or  “Remove files and clean the drive”. Since you’re not keeping the computer, choose “Remove files and clean the drive” Selecting this wipes the C:\ drive of everything and then reinstalls Windows 10. After you do this when you give the computer away, or sell it, it’s like a computer that you’ve never used.

Once you click on “Remove files and clean the drive”  Windows will warn you and ask you to confirm you want to proceed with this operation.  After you confirm that you want to do this, Windows will start the process of wiping the drive and reinstalling Windows 10. This could take a few hours – but you don’t have to hang around while this is being done; it’s automatic. When Windows has wiped the drive and reinstalled Windows 10 it will be like a new computer.  Whoever you give it or sell it to, will set up time zone, language, user accounts, etc. – Just like they’d do with a new computer. 

So now you know what to do if you’re planning on selling or giving away a Windows 10 computer and how easy it is to do it.

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How to Create  Zip Folders in Windows 10 Without Using Any 3rd-party Software
Windows 10

Ever since Windows XP, Windows has had a built-in compression (or zip) utility.  And while all of the images used in this tip were created on Windows 10, this tip also works with  Windows 7 and/or Windows 8.1 and in much the same way.  While not nearly as full-featured as some third-party compression utilities, such as like 7-zip, the Windows compression (zip) utility lets you create zipped files and it’s very easy to do.

Why would you ever need to create a zip file? What if you have 20 great pictures from your vacation to Italy. And let's say you want to share them with a friend by email. If you were the friend would you rather receive a zip file with 20 pictures in it or an email with 20 pictures attached? Enough said.

You can create a zip file from a folder on your computer without installing any 3rd-party programs and  here’s how:

Chose any folder on your computer. For example, let’s say you have pictures you took last Christmas in a folder in your Pictures folder. You can zip up your Christmas pictures folder this way:

Right-click on the folder you want to zip

Click on “Send to” then choose “Compressed (zipped) folder” from the menu which appears”. That’s it. The zipped file/folder will be created in the same location where the original files/folders are located.

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Below you’ll see I created 3 test folders.  I added some pictures to each folder. Then for this tip, I compressed (zipped) the folder I called Test Folder 3. See? The original folder remains untouched, but all the files in Test Folder 3 are zipped inside the Test Foler3 zipped file.

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You can rename your compressed folder the same way you rename any other folder.

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Notice above that I renamed Test Folder3.zip to Wallpaper-2018.zip.

And one more thing. If you forgot to add some pictures to the folder before you zipped it, no problem. Here’s how to add additional files to a zipped file.

Just drag and drop any file that you want to add to the zipped file and it will automatically be included in the zip file.

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When you drag and drop a file to the zip file, it will be added to the zip file without changing or removing the original file.

Now you know how to create compressed (zip) files in Windows 10 without using any 3rd-party software.

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Strong Passwords Made Easy
A tip for everyone using the Internet

October is National Cyber Security Month and we want to remind you all - once again - how important strong passwords are. It's important that you use strong passwords on any site that deals with money or stores your personal information. And it's just as important that you never use the same password on more than one site. 

Using a good password manager makes it so much easier to change and manage your passwords. And we have preached and preached about using a good password manager like LastPass (or pick any good password manager) to create and manage passwords. But we have finally realized that many of you are still not using a password manager and you’re never going to.

But we can’t begin to tell you how important it is that you use strong passwords and never reuse passwords on any site that deals with money or sensitive information (Social Security number, credit card numbers, etc.). Sometimes, the only thing that stands between you and the criminals out to get your money or steal your identity is your passwords.

We have been around the computer world for a long time, so we know exactly why so many of you use simple passwords like sandyb1831 or reggie48… and we know why you use the same passwords over and over. Why? Because you can’t remember strong complex passwords and it’s a pain in the neck when you can’t log in to sites because you can’t remember your passwords. (These are all good reasons you should use a password manager like LastPass! )

So, for those of you who don’t want to use a password manager, here are some tips on creating easy-to-remember, but strong and complex passwords from your old uncle TC and auntie EB.

Let’s say your favorite movie is Gone With the Wind.  You can make a strong password from that, you know?

Gon3WlTHth3w1nd*

That’s one way to do it. Notice the E’s are 3’s and the capital I in WITH is actually a lower case L. And the asterisk at the end adds a symbol to complete a very secure password. According to www.howsecureismypassword.net,  it would take a hacker a trillion years to crack that password. That’s longer than even EB is going to be around.

Or “Gone With the Wind” fans, try this one:

Fr@nkly$c@let*i*d0ntgiv3@d@mn!

It would take a computer about 312 UNDECILLION YEARS to crack that password.

What if your wife has nice eyes? And her name is Meg?

iLuvuri$m3g

You are in luck. Even though that password is fairly short, it would take 400 years for a computer to crack it.

Or what about your license plate, last 4 digits of your cell number and your first name. You can remember those things, right?

NEOU812*4419*D@n

His Nebraska license plate is OU812, the last 4 digits of his phone number is 4419 and his name is Dan. As you can see we used asterisks to separate them and the @ sign for the a in Dan. Oh so clever!  And Dan, you’re pretty safe… according to  www.howsecureismypassword.net it would take a computer a trillion years to crack that one.

OK… now we’ve given you some ideas on how to create some pretty strong passwords that are easy to remember and almost impossible to hack. If you don’t want to use a password manager like LastPass, at least put our easy-to-use password tips to good use! After all, it’s for your own safety.

Let’s see what I can do with Darcy’s name…

d@rcyYRu$0M3@N?

429 billion years to crack that one, EB!

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The Run Box: It’s Not Just a Geeky Thing
Windows 7, Windows 8x, Windows 10 (all versions)

Most of you know that you can open a Run command by pressing the Windows Key + R. But did you know that when you open up a Run box, you open up a world of commands. And just seriously complex commands made for geeky people. Many are for normal folks like you and me… and the ones we’re going to show you can come in handy.

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Moving right along…

Did you know that you can open programs or web pages from a Run command?  You can open folders and run Windows commands as well. The Run command is not just for geeks in dirty sweat pants sitting around in dank, musty basements surrounded by computer screens and billows of e-cigarette smoke. The Run command works for ordinary folks too —  and we are going to prove it to you.

Use the Windows Key+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog box — hereinafter called “the Run box”. Type the name of a program in the Run box and press Enter. For instance, try typing Chrome and then tapping Enter key. If Chrome is installed, it will open. You can try other programs too, but keep in mind,  If the program does not open, some programs require you to be a geek and type in file path too. 

But we’re not geeks so we’re going to show you some applications you can open from a Run box for which you don’t need no stinkin’ file paths.

Enough yammer! Let’s try some Run box magic right now. Press & hold down the Windows Key and tap the R key. The Run dialog will open. Now enter any of the following in the Run box and press Enter:

Notepad

MSINFO32

WordPad

iexplore.exe (Internet Explorer)

RSTRUI.exe (System Restore)

MSPaint (Microsoft Paint)

MSCONFIG (Configuration utility)

SERVICES.MSC (Windows Services)

WRITE (Opens WordPad)

Chrome (if Chrome is installed)

Firefox (if Firefox is installed)

MSEdge (Opens Edge in Windows 10)

Thunderbird (if Thunderbird is installed)

Winver (displays your current Windows version)

Taskmgr (opens Task Manager)

Calc (opens the Windows Calculator)

Documents (opens your Documents folder)

Downloads (opens your default Downloads folder)

Explorer (opens File Explorer (Windows 8 & Windows 10. Windows Explorer in Windows 7)

Shutdown /R (restarts your computer)

Shutdown (shuts down your computer)

You can also enter a URL (Web page address) directly into a Run Command and open up any webpage in your default browser.

Try www.thundercloud.net/start/

There are tons of other commands too, but woe is me, I’m tired of trying to think of them! The list above should be plenty to get you started.
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Three Grammar Sites We Like (but apparently don’t learn from…)

Cloudeight InfoAVeI have long been the target of the grammar police and pedantic readers who take me to task for my use — or misuse — of the English language. Someone recently asked me, if English was my second language. Obviously not, I retorted, I’ve speaked English since I was bored, decades ago, right here in Ohio, USA.

Because of my literary nonchalance and sloppiness, you, my friends, are not required to use perfect grammar when submitting questions or comments to us. Believe it or not, we know of a site, run by someone who actually warns users, that if they submit questions or comments to him that contain grammatical errors, he will not reply (and this is 100% true… pomposity rears its ugly head).  No wonder he never answers me!

I’m being verbose as I am often wont to do. But without such verbosity, this article would only be about seventy-five words long and thus, too short for my style. And we all know I have a lot of style, right, EB?

In the spirit of common decency and to save you time, I shall ramble no more.

Today, my grammar-o-phile friends, we feature three sites where you’re either going to spend hours looking for some minor grammatical slip-up, or you’re just going to take off your grammar police badge, sit back and relax and laugh. I prefer you do the latter, but as we all know by now, you don’t much care very much about what I prefer. I prefer that you don’t pick apart my grammatical guffaws and write me scathing emails or leave blistering comments… why not let a few of them slide. It’s not easy being me, I tells ya!

Without further rambling, yammering or other unnecessary discourse, I present, for your critical review and/or amusement the following to grammar-related blogs:

#1. Grammar Police a.k.a. GrammarCops

They don’t have a lot to say, considering their ilk. However, this is what they have to say about their blog entitled, “Grammar Police a.k.a. GrammarCops”

Grammar, language, and usage observations, ramblings, and questions by us and others

Don’t overlook the section links at the top of the page or you’ll miss out on:

GrammarGallows – Offenders
GrammarGroupies – Tweeple
Grammar Guard – Deputies

And more. I’m sure you’ll be interested in learning how we mortals – not you grammar cops – all make mistakes. For instance: How many of you say — “Daylight Savings Time”? Raise your hand. It figures you’d be one, EB. It’s not Daylight SavingS Time – it’s Daylight Saving Time. Now you know. And recently someone published an article saying it’s Daylight saving time. Apparently, the Grammar Police are so picky they even picky on themselves (yes I said picky twice. So?).

You’ll know more if you visit Grammar Police a.k.a. GrammarCops.

And as long as we’re learnin’ grammar…

#2. Grammar Clout

The Clout of the Comma. The comma does has a lot of clout, you know. Who can forget:

Let’s eat grandpa.

or

Let’s eat, grandpa.

or

“A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

Which EB corrected to read:

“A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

If you are an effete, snobby, intellectual grammar cop, you know all about that. Right? Commas count.

To see how much commas count, visit one of our junior sites of the week, a sibling to our site of the week, and a site we hope you all enjoy. You gotta love that sentence, grammar cops!

Commas have clout – come visit Comma Clout right now.

Let’s eat EB!

#3. Apostrophe Abuse

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Nothing gets abused more than apostrophes, except me. And I don’t have a lot to say about apostrophes, and neither does the Apostrophe Abuse web site. They prefer graphics – more correctly – photographs of apostrophes being abused all over the world.

So, to make a short article even shorter, let’s skip the dialog and direct your attention to the little cartoon to the left.

Enough said. If you hate seeing apostrophes being abused or you’re looking for more ammo for your official grammar-police-issued gun so you can shoot poor knaves like me who don’t know grammar good, you’ll want to visit Apostrophe Abuse

You’d think with all these grammatically correct websites and all this grammatically correct insight and influence, I’d do much better than I do. But alas, I’m an old dog and I admit it. And we all know that it’s hard for an old dog to learn new trick’s 🙂

And EB’s my part-time editor. And I do mean “part-time”… right, EB?

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In my tiny part of the world, autumn has settled in.

Walking outside it may still feel summerlike, but a glance at the clock when darkness covers my little town tells me the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. the shorter days are a subtle reminder that the bitter, biting and unrelenting winds of winter will soon whip the snow in whitescapes swirling and drifting down my lonely street and painting the world white.

Soon, I’ll watch the flakes flurry in dizzy dances under the street lamp and wonder where summer… and autumn have gone.

In its own way, the beautiful and brilliant palette of autumn, the reds and yellows and shades of orange, displayed by the dazzling trees, mock the deep sadness born from the reluctant realization that another summer has gone, another autumn has come, winter is on its way… and another year of my life is almost gone...

Every year passes faster than the one before. The less time I have left the more quickly time passes. Weeks pass by like days... and months pass by like weeks.

I am not quite sure why autumn has such a profound effect on me, but it does. It brings deep thoughts and uncertainties and makes me wonder. Why is life not fair? Life is unquestionably not fair.  It seems to me that if life was fair, time would pass quickly when we’re young and have plenty of time, and pass slowly when we’re older when the sand in life's hourglass is swiftly running out.

As a child sitting in school, I remember...

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