In defense of marriage
One the fantastic delights of chatting with foreigners is explaining the way we do things in the United States. It’s like my algebra teacher used to say: If you can explain something to someone so they understand completely, that means you have [..]
Profiling has its practical uses
It's hard for me to get worked up about being profiled by police and stereotyped by strangers anymore.
I used to seethe when a cop drove slowly past me, flip a U-turn, drive slowly by once more and eyeball me.
And I used to rage internally whe [..]
Up for the challenge
(Flint, MI)—When I left Flint in 1970 the population was 193,317. The automobile factories ran three shifts, often seven days a week. Money was everywhere. Flint’s police department drove new Buicks every year. Life was good.
Put your glazers on yum
(Clare, MI)—Here I am, back in Michigan attending my 50th high school class reunion. I told my doctors that my chemo regimen was controlling my life and I needed a break. They agreed, and my wife and I came back for five weeks. It’s great [..]
June is ripe time for picking
June means fruit tree overload for many yards and gardens as favorable spring conditions cause trees to produce more than they can handle June drop...
Bright colors ahead
In April gardeners begin to see the fruits of their labors from the past months as their gardens come into full bloom and become ripe...
Author's words of wisdom
This column's subject is a result of my flat out hero worship for the legendary Ray Bradbury, who died last year.
I began reading him at age 12, and was captivated by his skills as a wordsmith. His remarkable authorship of more than 80 books, sto [..]
Surviving a flood and the city
Two old palm trees mark the driveway to an exquisite Victorian orchard house, located east of Albany on Main Street, north of the Otay River.
The house belonged to Isaac Smith in 1891. It changed ownership several times up to the Depression, when [..]
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