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Love letters: A cautionary tale

Dearest (fill in the blanks): Since you have been away from me (on the battlefield ... in school ... taking care of your sick father), I have had an epiphany! Suddenly... read more...


Young at heart

When I was reaching for a cup of coffee at a gas station food mart the other day, a portly man sauntered by. My first impression was of bulldog jowls. A thick neck. Thinning h... read more...


A perfectly wonderful bad book

Something about the holiday season makes me want to unbuckle my safety goggles, rip off my bulletproof vest, and describe The Dangerous Book for Boys. This hardcover has been... read more...


Dangerous toys. Dangerous joys.

I used to play with mercury. So did all of my brothers, sisters, and friends. We would crack the length of a thermometer against the sharp edge of a table and watch the si... read more...


Picture this

Please, put your digital camera back into its camera bag, turn off your computer Photo-Share, and clear your mind. Thank you. Now, think back. The time: Childhood. The locat... read more...


My fatherís books

I was already in my thirties when I opened the first page of my fatherís favorite novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. He had been counseling me to read it forÖoh, Iíd say about... read more...


Excuse me ... Diversity?

After a recent orgy of old movies, it suddenly dawned on me that upon our innocent little hearts and minds, once again, a linguistic hoax is being perpetrated. Whatís the wo... read more...


Meet'cha at the corner ...

I had an odd experience. I went to Oregon. I thought, innocent me, that I was going to the Pacific Northwest. I thought, ignorant me, that I would be visiting rugged terrain, ... read more...


Tilting at Windmills: Mission Control: Weíve got an ... issue?

OK. Iíve had it. For a while there, I was trying to ignore a mystifying tendency on the part of public people everywhere to snip off the hard edges of language and turn all co... read more...



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