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If Editor Ella Letterie were still here, she'd tell us to use this front-page space to urge support for One Laptop Per Child. But Ella died in December, not suddenly, but almost at her computer, working on the next issue of the Mirror. She was a peach, a hard worker and our loyal friend.

I came upon a pond one day
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"Close, but no cigar."
by Arthur H. Whitman

Spiced Pecans
by Kay McCarte


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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- January 4, 2008

The "XO" is that snazzy little green and cream machine, getting a once over by the editors of the The Melrose Mirror. This is the $200 computer designed (for the most part) by MIT faculty and grad students for "OLPC" -- One Laptop Per Child. Production is well underway and deliveries have begun to children around the globe -- made possible by donations from a generous public. From the left are Mirror Editors Ed Boyd, Louise Fennell, Russ Priestley, Kay McCarte and John Averell. Missing is Editor Don Norris -- who was behind the camera.

Publisher for this issue is Kay McCarte

Starting up my new OLPC laptop
by John Averell
... a pleasure and a challenge

Deep inside Memorial Hall
from the SilverStringers
... a photo essay: Where few are invited to go

A Christmas Carol revisited
by Jerry Norton
... and a lesson in economics

How to find and use voter information on the Web
Jim Cerny and Al Harper
'If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.' (Gravity's Rainbow, p. 251)

Are your fonts too small to see?
by John Averell
... how to make text larger on your computer

Canine capers by Casa
by Casa
... this time of year

Effigy: A lesson in love and retribution
from Regina Merrill
... unless he needed the oil changed in his new Thunderbird.

My dolls
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a childhood hobby for the 40's

Oh, what's happening to me?
by Ed Boyd
... what can happen next?

Spend some time with the Red Hatters
by Shirley Rabb
... do you think you can keep up?

Doggone it -- a lowdown view of the VicFair
leftovers from Don Norris and Shirley Rabb
... unabashed tom-foolery, foot-level photography

Mirror notes passing of key editor
from the SilverStringers
... Ella Letterie wrote, photographed, edited, innovated

Tax assistance at Milano Center
from Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging
... plus a seminar: Protecting your nest-egg


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