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Day 3 of Our Camino: If It Doesn’t Hurt, You’re Not Doing It Right

April 10th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Pain. Did we mention that, the pain? Traveling the Camino de Santiago as a pilgrim is often not a pleasurable experience, in the physical sense. Heat, cold, rain, difficult terrain, average daily hikes of 26 kilometers (16 miles) — for the whole of a month, if you follow the popular route from the France-Spain border […]

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Inland Empire Beauty: Just Add Water

January 25th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

We are spending some time in Southern California, slipping in and out of the Inland Empire — that oft-maligned territory between the mountains and the sea. Often hot and smoggy, is the IE. Crisscrossed by clotted freeways burdened by folks who insist on owning a home where they can afford it and commuting to work. […]

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A Kid and His Licorice Stick

January 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

It took me a long time to realize the clarinet is one of the nastiest instruments in the composer’s toolbox. And for most of that time, I was playing the clarinet. Started in fourth grade, played through 12th grade. That’s nine years of honking and blarting, interrupted only by the occasional ear-piercing squeak. What was […]

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What Men Really Want

December 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A pressure washer. That is what men really want. I know what you’re thinking. “Darn. And with Christmas behind us now.” You could have gotten your father, brother, son a pressure washer. A German company that happens to make pressure washers commissioned a marketing and research firm to get to the bottom of this — […]

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Modern Nativity = A Very Hipster Christmas

December 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Pretty much had to happen. Someone is selling a hipster nativity scene. Have a look. For $129.99 a San Diego-based company named Modern Nativity will sell you their take on a hipster update of the birth of Jesus. It has gotten Modern Nativity a lot of attention in the media. Including the San Diego Union […]

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A Fight Song Is Silenced

November 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

When people say “you can’t go back” … they generally mean it in a philosophical way. We can’t replay the past, what’s done is done, and so forth. For me, in ways perhaps not particularly typical, “you can’t go back” has turned out to be literal. I can’t go back to my grade school because […]

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Individual Recollections of 9/11

September 11th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Where were you on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001? That probably was a common question, the first few years after the terror attacks of 9/11 that led to four hijacked planes crashed, the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York’s World Trade Center and nearly 2,700 dead. Most Americans over the age of 30 […]

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The Difficulty of a Coup d’Etat in the Age of Social Media

July 16th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

All politics aside, I have always been fascinated by the concept of the coup d’etat. This must go back to the 1960s, a particularly busy decade for overthrowing governments — which I would have followed, once the news finally came in. The coup is about as old as government itself. The oldest on record, recorded […]

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Everyone, Sing! “78,000 Bottles of Beer Disappeared …”

July 9th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The mind reels. Two semi-trailers loaded with beer were stolen from the Atlanta craft-beer-maker SweetWater Brewing Company last month. That works out to about 3,300 cases of beer, or 78,528 bottles, according to SweetWater. It also represents about one week of sales by the brewery. The thieves were brazen. They pulled up with two tractors […]

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Weddings as a Celebration for Old Folks

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

When I was married, several decades ago, I remember my parents producing a lengthy list of their friends and associates who they thought ought to be invited to the ceremony and reception. I also remember thinking, “Hey, this is for the people getting married and our friends and relatives. … and why do we have […]

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