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Brian Dennehy died earlier this month at the age of 81, and he remained a working actor to the last, with a career on stage and screen that spanned more than 55 years and 180 films. So it feels … more
As Sonny and Cher so nobly put it, “The Beat Goes On.” Or maybe the “beast” goes on. I suspect we need to accept the fact that our lives are changing for the foreseeable … more
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I was talking to a friend on the phone last night, and she had to cut our … more
It is really quiet around town these days. The last time I was so thrilled about doing a small errand to get out of the house was when I was a newly licensed 16-year-old driver and loved to take a … more
Granted, our quarantine hasn’t been a lot of fun. But my fallback solution for serious matters remains unchanged: Humor. Seek it out, and use it as a welcome tonic. Humor got me through some … more
Jefferson County was well into a housing emergency before COVID-19. Now, even more people might become housing-insecure or move away due to lost income. State and federal benefits will help many, yet … more
For many, including myself, Easter weekend was a palpable reminder of the value of family time. I know how disappointed I was that my family could not get together. My daughter and son-in-law … more
My friend Vic Draper sent me an observation by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal: “As a nation, we’ve learned that as a corporate entity of 330 million diverse souls we could … more
It’s an amusing paradox that few forms of entertainment are as effective at distracting audiences from their real-life troubles as a murder mystery story, whether it’s an Agatha Christie … more
Nope, I am not 11, but one of my grandsons in Seattle is. I asked him recently if he would like to help me with a column describing how he spends his time during this period of dealing with … more
Are you adjusting to our new stay-at-home lifestyle? Need a few laughs? As an erstwhile professional humorist, I feel constrained to give it a shot. Short items from a shortchanged mind: … more
“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”  -General George S. Patton Jr. Known for his brilliance on the battlefield, Gen. Patton often had … more
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