I could probably jazz up this plan by cutting back on the number of columns that I post for free on the web and offering them only to paying subscribers (as several websites do), but I really don’t want to do that. Subscribers will get the column a few weeks early, but if you’re the patient type, you will still see them all on the web eventually.

So why subscribe? Well, it would be a nice thing to do. It would, among other things, help feed the 97 cats and two dogs we seem to have acquired when they appeared at our door fleeing coyotes. And, truth be told, my income has declined precipitously since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a while back. Among other things, my backup career as a pole dancer is completely shot. So reader contributions have come to constitute a large share of my (cough) financial portfolio.

[Note: Fifteen bucks can be a lot of money if you’re retired, disabled, unemployed, or on a restricted income for whatever reason. If you are in such a situation and would like to subscribe but can’t swing it at the moment, please write to me via the question form. You won’t be the only one.]

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