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Looking Back

Nov
02
Posted at 2:05 pm

I can relate to Kim Kardashian. No, really. I can. Aside from the fact that I’m a 56-year-old, slightly frumpy (OK, more than slightly), conservative male who never stepped on a red carpet in his life, I can totally understand what she’s going through right now. Forget that I don’t know a single detail of [...]

Aug
04
Posted at 4:19 pm

It would be way too simplistic to say that Gayle and I were childhood sweethearts. Accurate, maybe. But simplistic. Those two words – “childhood sweethearts” – don’t begin to summarize the up and down, back and forth, on-again off-again nature of our relationship between second grade and senior year. One year we were playing kissing [...]

Jul
14
Posted at 9:41 pm

There’s no other way to say this: I screwed up. Three weeks into a new job, and I make a mistake that my boss calls “extremely embarrassing” in a company-wide e-mail – which, by the way, he writes because he feels he needs to explain that what I did is something no one on the [...]

Jul
07
Posted at 9:38 pm

Lauren and Travis chatted casually as they drove down the highway. It was past dark – a little darker than usual because of a missing street light or two. But their mood was light and the music on the CD player was upbeat. It was a great night to be young and alive. Suddenly the [...]

Jun
29
Posted at 9:30 pm

You can learn a lot from a horse. Well, OK — maybe not a lot. I mean, I’m not suggesting anything Mr. Ed-ish here. No therapeutic thoroughbreds. No psychics in saddles. A horse is a horse. Of course? Of course. Still, there are things we can learn from horses. For example, I heard about a [...]

Mar
16
Posted at 11:28 pm

Somewhere on the other side of the world, a small group of technicians is engaged in a life-or-death struggle. This battle is not about self-preservation, as admirable as that might be. By staying to face the radiation and fire at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station following the devastation of last week’s earthquake and subsequent [...]