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Anthony Bourdain: The Traveling Brother I Never Met

I don’t do celebrity but I did Anthony Bourdain.  His death by suicide this morning was a gut punch.   Like most folks, I met him via his book Kitchen Confidential.  He immediately seemed like a fellow traveler.  Punk as an … Continue reading

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Mozy Revisited: Learning From Our Blind Dog

Sally and I were crushed when our golden collie mix Mozy lost her sight.  It was a strange process from thinking she had a problem with her legs to realizing her eyes were failing.  There is more than a little … Continue reading

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Nostalgia and the Typewriter

Nostalgia is tricky. You can bath in it or just feel it as a gentle rain. It can hold you and put lead in your shoes or awaken you and set you running out the door. As with any memory, … Continue reading

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When Your Heroes Die

As a kid, I didn’t read comic books.  I loved words and all those pictures meant there were fewer words.  That also meant I didn’t have any connection to the heroes and superheroes that today roar though our popular culture … Continue reading

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Mozy is Blind

“She’s so beautiful.”  That is how every conversation begins when someone meets our 8 year-old Collie/Sheppard mix Mozy.  From the first time we took her to the vet to every person who stops to talk with us on the street, … Continue reading

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The Starbucks Incident — What Do You Want?

I will readily admit I don’t know a ton about what happened in that Starbucks in Philadelphia.  I’ve seen the videos of the incident and the Police Chief.  I saw some television reports and an article or two.  Seen some … Continue reading

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The Commissioner and The Baseball

What is the strangest relationship you have ever had?  Was it in your family, so you had no choice?  Did you have a lover that whose very existence in your life now baffles you?  Did you have a boss who … Continue reading

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Signifiers — Thoughts From the Coast

Signifier: a symbol, sound, or image (such as a word) that represents an underlying concept or meaning. Admittedly, this is a damn strange word to have stuck in my head for months. When I obsess over a word the bubble … Continue reading

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Portland’s Jefferson High — Why the Name is Essential

  Over the years, the nascent movement to rename Portland’s Thomas Jefferson High School has bubbled just under the surface. Sometimes the heat gets turned up and the discussion breaks out again. We are, once again, in one of those … Continue reading

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Who Are These Kids? #neveragain

  After the Parkland Valentine’s Day massacre, the first time I knew this was going to be different was when I saw those kids on television. I kept saying out loud, “Who are these kids?” Poised. Articulate. Smart. Grieving and … Continue reading

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