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   Our electric coffee grinder started giving off blue smoke and sparks on Tuesday morning, putting a punctuation mark on what was shaping up to be a difficult week. A friend in Seattle came to the end of his relatively short road, taken...
   Standing impatiently on a line that snakes toward a check-in counter or security area at an airport, you have no doubt seen people like us: one passenger in a wheelchair; one traveling companion trotting alongside, like a dog chasing...
   Since I’m not really in the fashion game, I’m just going to put this out there. This fall’s fashion, designed mostly by men, is horrible. I believe there is a conspiracy theory to take us back to the days of women...
   I changed my voice mail message this morning, announcing my return from “cloud nine” and my intent to attend once again to all things sporting.     When Debbie Salmon asked on my penultimate blissful day...
   People don’t throw things along the side of the road the way they used to. This is a good thing; nobody really likes to look at litter.     That wasn’t quite the case when I was a kid growing up on...
   Okay, friends and relatives, it’s the end of September and another birthday is here. Mine. (Yes, I realize my hinting technique is not subtle.)     What I want to do about it, or not do as the case may be, is, as...
   “For India’s Children, Philanthropy Isn’t Enough.” The article in The Times caught my eye, and dozens of memories leapt to mind, each a vivid snapshot from one of five visits to that faraway land.  ...
   A friend of mine who has a friend in Vegas who’s a bookie told me an interesting story the other day.     He said his bookie friend had said that if Romney and Ryan win, my friend should pay for his round of golf...
   My son, Ellis, and I spent a few minutes one afternoon this week gathering great handfuls of eelgrass and making a quick pile of it after Saturday’s hard northwest wind pushed long lines of the stuff on the bay beach near our...