The Tale Of The Scorpion

It looked like a piece of fluff on the floor. In the evening the light was dim, I didn’t have my glasses on and I picked it up.

A piercing pain jolted my right thumb. I shrieked. The “fluff” was a scorpion, and it had stung me.

Scorpions blend in with those bland light stone-colored carpets that cover bedroom floors, including mine. That’s one reason I am getting rid of my wall-to-wall altogether, but that is a story for another day.
The stinging pain, my friends, went on and on. I wrapped my injured digit in a bag of ice. The pharmacy said to call Poison Control and Poison Control said not to use ice. I hung up. My thumb was throbbing too much to hold the phone.

Two weeks later, after a grand finale of spurting pain that had advanced to, of all places, my jaw, the toxin was done in its effort to kill me.

I called the exterminator. Several times he came, because several times these lethal creatures came back. They are endemic to hot places like Arizona. I am, after all, invading their territory. They came first.

My sister-in-law Diane, whom I love dearly, refuses to kill any creature, including insects. She shoos them outside, and
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The National Archives Wants Your Help

What’s an archive?

It is a repository for the original documents of history. Not just the President’s papers and classified information, but letters, notes, and photographs that record the lives of ordinary people. The National Archives is a great resource for researchers and writers and is available to everyone.

What I didn’t realize until I got this email the other day is that the Archives depend on information from ordinary citizens to enhance the knowledge base. 
The Archives started a new catalog for 2023 and are requesting that people send in documents relating to these moments of history:
• American Civil War Service Records of “United States Colored Troops”.
• Bonds and Spirits Index 1917-1940: people and businesses charged with bootlegging
• Berlin Conference Files, 1945: Minutes, papers, and correspondence between world leaders at the close of World War II.
More current topics of research for which the Archives needs documentation are listed on the website, National Archives Catalog found at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Here’s their invitation! 
Hello, virtual volunteers! It’s a new year; we have a new catalog. Let’s make 2023 count with some new Citizen Archivist missions! We’ve refreshed our dashboard with new missions
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