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Our California vacation locale is not Anza Borrego Desert State Park, but further north, in the Bay Area, where we lived for 25 years. I’m again getting a crash course (you should pardon the … more
“I love to prune my roses … you can forget everything else while you’re doing it.” — Julie Andrews, actress, author, and rosarian It’s time to prune our roses. … more
I suspect you may have already realized that the world is actually a little silly much of the time. This week I provide my own contribution to it. If you are a football fan you may have heard … more
In carpentry, sistering is the process of joining two or more structural members together to act as one unified unit.  When builders need to add strength to damaged structures, they will add … more
What to do with all that prime land if we repurpose our golf course?  I drive by the course virtually every day, and even in the summer, I’m surprised at how few golfers there are. This … more
Roast chicken. So delicious — herby, garlicky roast chicken with a crispy skin.  Every couple of weeks, I’ll roast a whole chicken in my Breville countertop oven. The oven’s … more
It was back in the middle of the last century when a naïve young man, I, matriculated at that bastion of male single sex higher education in Crawfordsville, Indiana known internationally as … more
Whilst in the U.S. Navy a few decades back, I handled many classified documents and one day they made me feel much better.  You see, I was on the USS Belmont, one of those intelligence … more
The Jefferson County Department of Community Development would like to notify the public that Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) information, including whether a property is in a Special Flood Hazard … more
When Realtors, contractors, or homeowners lovingly say a house has “good bones,” what they mean is that its foundation is solid and its structure is sound. Without these two components, … more
There’s an old truism among the sensational tabloid newspapers on Fleet Street: “Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.”  That was my experience when, years … more
Are the holiday parties over yet? Are you doing anything about your New Year’s resolutions? Are you done preparing your taxes yet?   I think the parties are now over, so we now … more
The transition to a new year is an opportunity for reflection, an opportunity for cultivation, an opportunity for commitment. How did the last year go – what did we achieve and learn? And then: … more
What if you could reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time? The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the biggest climate bill in U.S. history, will help many Americans reduce their home … more
As Congress and many state legislatures get under way for the year, there are lots of new lawmakers out there starting to learn the ropes. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting time, and … more
Wow, if you were a regular viewer of C-SPAN you had an exciting week with the voting for the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.  In spite of the incredibly gray weather, I did have … more
More than 60 years ago, as many are aware, civil rights activists began organizing to desegregate businesses in Birmingham, Alabama. By the spring of 1963, tensions were at a boiling point due to a … more
The drama surrounding Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid remains nothing short of surreal. It took 15 bids to secure the votes required to become speaker of the House. In his fatalistic … more
The filibuster has proved more pernicious to democracy than any other procedural rule of Congress. It’s time for it to go. These claims may seem excessive in view of the real accomplishments … more
It hard to tell what’s changing faster, the weather or words used to describe it. I’ve lived on the Central California coast for some time and have endured many winter storms that … more
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