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A Character of Wit and Tenderness

James Garner. who died over the weekend at age 86, taught a generation of Americans that wit could be a weapon. Later in life, he showed us the power of tenderness. 497 more words

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A Personal View of Senseless Violence

The sights and sounds of the wreckage of Malaysia Airline Flight 17 were sickening. It is all the more sickening when the wreckage hits close to home. 556 more words

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An Office Without Walls

A few months ago, I moved out of my corner office and into an office without walls.

I had no interest in becoming a Dilbert cubicle dweller, where you toil in the shadow of padded dividers that don’t provide privacy – or natural light. 719 more words

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Stress: More Than Just a Feeling

Even though we despise them, we owe a lot to rats. They have served as the sacrificial lambs in labs to find cures for ailments that bedevil humans. 620 more words

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The Art and Ardor of Weed Whacking

Weed whacking was never an occupation or adventure I coveted. However, an overgrown backyard became the mother of my re-invention.

Weed plucking has been my favored technique to rid the yard of dandelions and other noxious weeds. 555 more words

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Concert on Your Couch

I would go to a lot more concerts if they occurred on my lap.

That may now be possible as online platforms such as Stageit and Concert Window are bringing musicians into the front rooms of their fans on their laptops. 473 more words

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Just Glad It Wasn't an Angry, Parachuting Meatball

There is a current  TV ad featuring a spicy parachuting meatball that splats marinara sauce on a guy’s shoulder. I can relate.

At an outside dinner with colleagues several years ago, I was waxing on about some obscure aspect of Oregon’s land-use law, when a bird in a tree above our table relieved itself on my head. 527 more words

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