In defense of marriage Sat, Jul 26 2014 12:00 PM

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 [..]

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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 [..]

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A forward looking birthday wish

Over the years I have bought my father some pretty sad birthday gifts. Books, mugs, ties, gift cards — it’s a challenge shopping for someone who, in all of your life, says he doesn’t need or want anything. (Mothers are invariably ea [..]

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Brand will be missed

Lucky for me I was at Ed Brand’s declaration of independence a few weeks ago when he announced his autumn retirement. Of course I didn’t realize how fortunate I was until this week when the public was told the high school district superin [..]

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Keep your mouth shut, it's a right

I should have told the kid he had the right to remain silent; that he was only going to make his predicament worse if he kept talking. Just shut up. Listen. Don’t say a word. But personal experience has taught me that when alcohol and interpers [..]

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