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Famous threesomes, old homes, good reads

Welcome, visitors!

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Question: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?

Answer: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.

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I see by the paper……..

• U.S.-made car sales are robust in comparison to their automaker peers in France, Italy and Germany, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In France, sales are off 11 percent.

Recalls a story of a college roommate who drove a Le Car, a Renault model; it was often in Le Repair Shoppe.

• Sports Illustrated notes the “Big Three” in Miami, the Heat’s LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade. Now two-time NBA world champions, SI said it was the most famous threesome ever. The Notebook begs to differ about famous threesomes: There’s Moe, Larry and Curly, aka The Three Stooges; Crosby, Stills & Nash and of course, TV’s T&A, crime-solving jiggly trio, “Charlie’s Angels.”

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Dept. of incidental info…..

The U.S. celebrated 237 years as a republic yesterday. Most of the homes built that year, and earlier, have been upgraded with modern conveniences of course; few have the original “footprint.” In all, there are 850 homes that date to 1776 and earlier on the market with an average list price of $737,804, according to data from Homes.com. Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire rank 1-2-3 in availability. Many still have the small windows, low ceilings and steep staircases.

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‘Tis the season.

To read something terrific about this great country of ours, the Notebook highly recommends Rick Atkinson’s “The Guns at Last Light.” Atkinson, a Pulitzer winner, finishes his WWII trilogy with the D-Day landings at Normandy, the drive to pulverize Nazi Germany into submission with its allies and the divvying up of peacetime Europe with the British and Russians. It’s a lengthy narrative, a project so to speak, yet so interesting and hard to put down at the end of a day. While other historians will delve deeper into particular subjects, like the Normandy invasion, or the Battle of the Bulge, Atkinson’s “Light” gives the reader enough detail with perspective. Of particular note is the backroom second-guessing and politicking of Allied forces leader, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who later became our 35th president. What patience the man had with preening subordinates like British field marshal Bernard Montgomery and U.S. Third Army Gen. George Patton. Ike ages — and evolves — right before one’s eyes and was the key component to the Allied victory in Europe.

It’s available at our friendly Main Street bookseller, Sheridan Stationery Books and Gallery.

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Quotable

E pluribus unum

— United States of America national motto, “out of many, one.”

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