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This is the tenth year I have been doing this blog.  Over that time, it has evolved from a Facebook substitute into a one-person science-and-humanities magazine-without-covers.  As much as I enjoy researching and writing and drawing and composing, I would not be doing any of that if there were no one out there reading it.  If it all ended, my loss would assuredly be greater than yours.

Although I do make the occasional effort to offer lighter entertainment, I acknowledge that much of what appears here are big gulps, some of which go down well, others not so much. But I pretty much write what I want, and you indulge me by at least considering to read it.  I thank you for doing so — the feeling of creative freedom keeps me engaged.

So here is my Valentine to you, dear readers.  You are the roses standing tall in the vase, the bouquet that makes my day, every week of the year, every time I click PUBLISH.

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glas2Hello to all the readers of The 100 Billionth Person.  This is Ira Glass, host of the NPR radio show This American Life.  I know I look a little different in this picture than you may remember, but I have had some work done.  A lot of work.  I think I’m going to sue.

The reason for this message is to ask you, listeners and readers, to subscribe to this blog.  As you know, I am a very well-connected guy, and I have a lot of cool and nerdy friends.  Craig H. Collins, the writer of this blog, would like to be one of them.  Maybe he can be, someday.  But first, I told him, you have to be better known than you are.  I may be cool, but it doesn’t mean I hang with just anyone.

It takes work to put together a cool, laid-back, quirky radio show like This American Life.  Yes, this blog can be quirky too, I see that.  But I told Craig, if you want more subscribers, you have to stop doing things like denigrating cats and praising atheists.  It just alienates ninety percent of your readers, and the other ten percent don’t want to be reminded.

Another tip I gave Craig, based on my twenty years of success as a public radio show host, was to find some corporate sponsors.  I get paid by the people and corporations who I guilt into donating to public radio.  I don’t make anything from subscribers.  I don’t know why Craig wants subscribers and not sponsors, but I told him I will do what I can here.

Finally, Act Four.  I told Craig that he has to tell more stories on his blog.  And they should have something to do with cats, or his neurotic mother.  In fact, I think he should just ask David Sedaris to be a guest-writer on the blog.  Not that David would be interested.

Well, this is all the time I have.  I have other cool, nerdy and important things to do today.  So please subscribe to this blog.  I told Craig to get back in touch with me when he gets a thousand subscribers, and we can talk about being friends.

Cheers, Ira

P.S. to Craig — why not post a few cat photos, it can’t hurt.

Cat by Craig H Collins

[ Originally published June 5, 2016 ]

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More ART @ CHC

I am in the process of moving all the photo sets I have posted here to my other site, ART@CHC.  The most recent addition to that site is my New York City gallery, which has some of the photos originally posted here, as well as some new ones and a few very, very old ones.

I am also in the process of making ART@CHC more mobile-friendly as well.  If experience is any guide, that is going to take me a while.  In the meantime, all visits are appreciated.

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