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Stalking the talk

April 18, 2014 There’s no question about whether or not we’re opposed to wastefulness. more »»

 
 
 
Days of wine and glasses

April 11, 2014 After class last week, a student and I somehow got to talking about wine. “Ya know,” he said, “the most expensive bottle of wine sold for like two million dollars.” “No, I didn’t know,” I said. more »»

No column this week

April 4, 2014 The Inseide Dope, by Bob Seidenstein, will return April 11. more »»

Time in a bottle

March 28, 2014 The phone rang, and I looked at the clock. It was 6 o’clock at night. Weird, I thought. Why weird? Simple. Almost no one calls me, and the ones who do, call at the same times. So it’s the AQ at 8 p. more »»

All the news unfit to print

March 21, 2014 At a recent Paul Smith’s College graduation (“recent” meaning 10 to 15 years ago), I was in the back of the gym, standing next to a stringer from the Press Republica. more »»

Fun and frolic amidst the fluoridation follies

March 14, 2014 All my life I tried never to hate anything, but I failed on three counts —?black flies, fleas, and politics — and not in descending orde. more »»

The judge, the juice and the junkman

March 7, 2014 Every day on my drive to work, I pass the Harrietstown Cemetery. And when I do, I often think of my old pal, Karl Griebsch, since that’s his final resting place. more »»

When small fractures are no small deal

February 28, 2014 According to my calculations, the dentists of my youth were born 500 years too late. more »»

When the education business gives you the business

February 21, 2014 When a society undergoes massive changes, folks may know those changes are taking place, but don’t know what they mean or where they’ll lead. more »»

A civics lesson

February 14, 2014 Ernest Hemingway’s short story Hills Like White Elephants is about a young couple in a dying relationship. more »»

Out of the cold

February 7, 2014 We all know My Home Town’s official start of Winter Carnival is the coronation. But it’s not my official start. Uh-uh, Carnival doesn’t begin for me until the Ice Palace F. more »»

Taxing my patience

January 31, 2014 I am, by any measure, a law-abiding guy. But before you rush out to nominate me for Citizen of the Century, hold your hosses. more »»

When cross-country goes downhill

January 24, 2014 The phone jolted me awake, as would be expected at the crack of 9. “Huh? Wha?” I croaked. “Hey,” boomed the Amazon Queen on the other end. more »»

Memoir of a gin rummy dummy

January 17, 2014 I always have my radio on, tuned to music of one ilk or another. And as I’m sure it is for many people, to me it’s mostly background noise. more »»

The Mountie, the malamute and the barren land baron

January 10, 2014 A couple weeks ago I was in the Dorsey Street Exchange schmoozing with the owner, Barb Curtis. It was the first day of the DSE’s huge winter sale, but I wasn’t there to shop. more »»

A low-tech hot pick

December 27, 2013 On Christmas Day I was walking around Moody Pond, and walking toward me was Al Pozzi. more »»

Reflections on the downhill slide

December 20, 2013 Like everyone else in My Home Town, I started skiing in childhood and by first grade, I was a regular at Pisga. more »»

The old prof revisited

December 13, 2013 The last day of classes before Thanksgiving vacation was like every other day, except for one thing: I found myself thinking about one of my all-time favorite profs. Dr. more »»

Behold, the Blue Line Oracle!

December 6, 2013 The American tradition of rugged individualism, self-reliance, and creative exploration has hit the skids. more »»

A sticker stickler

November 29, 2013 As I write this, it’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 2013. But I’m thinking of the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 1952. I was in first grade and on that day, school could not get out soon enoug. more »»

The fall chill

November 22, 2013 It hits me every November, early in the month — that feeling. What feeling? Unease? Discomfort? Nervousness? Yes, all those. But why it hits me, I can’t tell. more »»

 
 

 

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April 20, 2014 Google as part of their “Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute believes the intelligence we possess is more than IQ. The banner on the SYILI web site says “Born at Google. more »

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