The change from summer to fall here was nearly seamless. Maybe the only discernible difference between Sept. 22 and Sept. 23, the first day of autumn, was temperature. But even if the difference between really, really warm and really warm is sligh [..]
The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 25, 2009.
The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 14, 2012.
Since his death earlier this year The Star-News has published archived columns of Tom Basinski’s Behind Police Lines. This final installation first appeared Aug. 16, 2013.
The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Tom Basinski. Today’s column first appeared June 17, 2011.
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...
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 [..]
"Teacher, I don't feel well." I leaned in closer to Alyssa, putting my arm around her. Just as I opened my mouth to ask what was wrong, she vomited on my shoes. I gagged, swallowed, trying to subtly shake off my shoes while comforting her [..]
The first early morning text says, “I’m at the hospital. I’m at five centimeters.” By the time I shower and clear the fog from my brain, she is at seven centimeters and I know I’d better hurry if I want to make it into t [..]