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Guestwords: A Living National Treasure

Japan’s tradition of designating artists and performers as Living National Treasures could be adapted here, and my first nominee would be Alan Alda.

Feb 17, 2022
Guestwords: The Meaning of Love

I don’t mean to idealize our boy dog, but here is love . . .

Feb 10, 2022
Guestwords: Ultimate Rejection!

Do you know how many rejections we have received of this potential classic of world literature? It could be something like Fyodor Tolstoy’s “Crime and Peace” or Joseph Conrad’s “Fart of Harkness.”

Feb 3, 2022
Guestwords: Winter in Springs

On a winter drive with my husband one Sunday afternoon, we started to list all the people we’ve known from the neighborhood who are no longer here — their absence struck a powerful note.

Jan 27, 2022
Guestwords: What to Tell Your Architect

The surprising connection between home design and phobias.

Jan 20, 2022
Guestwords: A Foodie’s Foodie

Brent Newsom, in memoriam.

Jan 13, 2022
Guestwords: The Virtues of Monotasking

In the last few weeks of 2021, my body put a stop to overtasking and sent me to the corner to think about what I’d done.

Jan 6, 2022
Guestwords: At-Home Test Fails

I had just hit some second-rate jackpot and felt a combination of instant relief and long-haul anxiety. Yippee, we could take a test. Uh-oh, what if my wife and/or I tested positive?

Dec 30, 2021
Guestwords: Xmas Story

Just how did modern civilization make the transition from spirit, light entering the world, to matter — to the materialism that marks Christmas Day?

Dec 23, 2021
Guestwords: Buy/Don’t Buy My House

Bottom line? We want our house loved and enjoyed the way we loved and enjoyed it.

Dec 16, 2021
Guestwords: The Palmer Method

A public education debate has been raging between cursive and printing enthusiasts for several decades now.

Dec 9, 2021
Guestwords: Knee Jerks

Walking the dog was fine. Tennis was fine. Life was fine. Until Labor Day, when my knee blew up like a balloon. So what do you recommend, doc?

Dec 2, 2021