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The other N-word

Nantucket is a small island off the southern shore of Cape Cod. It’s where the Pequod, Captain Ahab’s ship, set out to go whaling. Now it’s a vacation spot, where the populati... read more...


A parable for the ‘ages’

“Baby boomers,” old man Barker said at the weekly canasta game. “Me, me, me. My, my, my. They all act like they’ll never get old. They think 60 is the new 16. Always running, ... read more...


Recessionistas: Forgo the lobster for the $26 burger

I was reading a story about how to eat cheaply during the recession, one of those stories that says you can keep living your same lifestyle if you make a few simple adjustment... read more...


Mother knows best?

I was in the sixth grade when I realized that my mother was trying to wreck my life. We wore uniforms to school – white shirt, blue tie with the school logo in gold and dark-b... read more...


Green dumb

Once again, no one asked us to be on this year’s garden tour. That makes 15 years straight. Not only were we not on the tour, the street directions to the selected homes were ... read more...


Just when we need them

Our Fourth of July brings to mind a man who rejects our celebration. And men and women on a tiny island. And people who grow into oversized roles into which they get dropped. ... read more...


A developing story

I was watching the news with a teenager the evening Kodak announced that it was going to stop making Kodachrome film for cameras. He said, “What’s film for cameras?” Obviously... read more...


Stocks and the single girl

In the late ‘70s, it was hard to pick up a magazine that didn’t have a story about testing your sexual IQ - or your boyfriend’s. And for a while it seemed that one best-sellin... read more...


Ear today, gone tomorrow

I saw a living legend at a local club recently. I don’t go to nightclubs very often, anymore. What was fun at 21 is now a chore. I don’t know what to wear. I worry about parki... read more...


Thinking outside the lunch box

Are school lunches making our kids obese? I don’t know a lot about school lunches because I carried my lunch to school for 12 years – so did almost every kid in my class. And ... read more...


The Lower 47

It was 20 years ago today that Texas seceded from the United States. At the time, many Texans thought things would get better if they jumped ship. And they did get better – fo... read more...


A really big show of generation gaps

A TV commentator said the other day that with all that was going on in the world today, President Obama had to “keep a lot of plates spinning.” Those of us who stayed home eve... read more...


The garden I’m eatin’

Here’s how I raised a wonderful, healthy, fresh vegetable garden working on it only 10 minutes a day. I’d spend 10 minutes a day telling Sue what to do and then I’d go play g... read more...


I tweet, therefore I yammer

– 9:00:00: I signed up for Twitter this morning to see what everyone is making such a fuss about. This is my first Twitter message. –9:00:30: This is to apologize for my firs... read more...


The reports of our decline have been greatly exaggerated

I just got an e-mail from a European friend, an exchange student who spent his senior year of high school in the States 40 years ago. He hasn’t been back, but we’ve kept in t... read more...



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