THE LEDLIE LETTER

June 29, 2016

Could you also fix my cable while you’re here? 911 dispatchers receive a number bizarre calls every single day. But Nevada’s Clark County Fire Department was receiving a rash of requests that weren’t exactly life-threatening. At a recent press conference, fire chief Greg Cassell implored the public to stop calling …

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March 2016

Namaste, y’all. There’s screaming, drinking, cursing, and heavy metal. No, we aren’t talking about a rock concert. It’s a new kind of yoga that is less focused on tranquility, silence, or really anything to do with finding your inner chi. “Rage Yoga” was started in a Canadian brewery by (shocker) …

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January 2016

This month we only have one entry. It’s long, but it is a fitting tribute to The Ledlie Letter’s best author, Joe Ledlie. His influence will guide The Ledlie Group for many years to come. Saying goodbye to our Founder. People always ask “How do you buy for the man …

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November 2015

Adulthood is hard… And sometimes it’s lonely. This has led some millennials to seek new living arrangements – “grown up dorms.” Tiny, fully-furnished, one bedroom studios, each with a kitchen, bathroom, and single window. They’re not only cheaper than other apartments in the area but also include common areas for …

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October 2015

 Methuselah news. Groan and moan about growing older, says Yale, and you just might not have to endure that condition for long. Those who see aging in terms of decline and disability actually bring on illness, says the School of Public Health. How Mark Zuckerberg is different from, say, Steinmetz.  …

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August 2015  

Pondering’s next. It was a good old word, “ruminate,” meaning to think deeply. You could imagine Samuel Johnson or Oliver Wendell Holmes just sitting there ruminating. (Unless you’re a cow. Then it means chewing your cud.) Now organized psychology has absconded with the word. Psychologists use “rumination” to describe a …

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July 2015

Together, for now. The book, so the story goes, was called “You and Me,” about a little rabbit and a little fox, and the first grade teacher was reading it aloud on the final day of school. Suddenly she looked up. Half the class was weeping. “Why are we crying?” …

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June 2015

Charles Towne They call it “The Holy City.” They have for years. One reason: all those churches, which more or less look like where Babar might go on Sunday mornings. Or Saturday afternoon or anytime Sunday if he happened to be Catholic. (What denomination are elephants anyway?) The deep-down reason …

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May 2015

Summer is icumen in  Not bad for an octogenarian. Entering his ninth decade, our friend Frank (he can claim many friends) had a trick up his sleeve. A longtime Blackjack enthusiast, he gathered his children together for some birthday cards. At the casino table, they held out their hands towards …

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March 2015

Hot hot hot! Fountain pens? There is no clacking of keyboards in most of the classrooms at one Edinburgh institution. The Mary Erskine School and Stewart’s Melville College, as they are jointly called, house their computers separately. Old-fashioned fountain pens help boost the academic performance and self-esteem of his 1,200 …

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January 2015

Remember the line about not getting into a fight with somebody who buys ink by the barrel? Frothing after seeing his name in the local daily, a Frederick city councilman took to Facebook to condemn the writer and threaten legal action. The Maryland newspaper then ran an article headlined: “Kirby …

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