Passing Throughby Mark D. Crantz“Testing. Testing. Testing. Lower Park Avenue is opened again. The Plaza is gone. Calling all library patrons. This bullhorn announcement is for you. Return library books now. You are overdue. Other people want the book that you’re reading. The library staff will not accept excuses that books cannot be returned because you can’t drive to the library. The Plaza is gone. The road is opened.”Several hours pass. “Hello. Hello. Hello. Is anybody out there?
Hacked-Off, Hacked-Onby Mark D. CrantzEvery now and again I’m renewed with hope. The Indy column “Teens Help Seniors Navigate Technology,” is one such uplifting example. LBHS students have donated their time to help Susi Q seniors improve their computer skills. In turn, the seniors have donated their bank accounts and passwords to help these teenagers along. It’s a win-win. Cross-generational support is just what this country needs. Seniors are old and suck up resources at an alarming rate.
Schemeboatby Mark D. CrantzIt was Wednesday 10 a.m. And once again, we were meeting in the boiler room of the Susi Q Center. Our existence has been a well-kept secret. For want of a better name we are “The Obit Boosters.” Our mission is to enhance a person’s lifetime before the inevitable happens. Then there is no rush at deadline. I called the meeting to order. “Let’s pick up where we left off. Is the obit for Robert L. done?” “Nope. No can do,” reported Bernie, our best obit writer.
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Selecting a term
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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