He would only be about 10 pounds, they said. “And he won’t have tusks!”

These man-made emissions will mean the sea level will rise even more and sooner than expected

Even though I’m not that old, I’m already spouting tales of yore

Am I the only one who finds the whole aliens-or-zombies-or-evil-wiz­ards-have-taken-over-the-world plot line to be not just a downer, but a total bore?

Getting out in the sand-and-salt mud this time of the year is a pleasure, as long as you are properly prepared.

“that I go for the raised lids may be owing to the fact that I’m older now and have less testosterone.”

I wrote that sentence over 20 years ago, channeling, I suppose, a little Edgar Allan Poe, with a dash of John Lennon

We began to make a huge Thanksgiving party our own Rattray family ritual

“You can’t make them read it”

“Maybe I’ll root for Ohio State. . . .”