• What could NASA do with a penny?

    So this week we’re celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, easily the most significant achievement of the 20th century. But while we look back on that marvelous triumph of American ingenuity, there are some hard truths we mustn’t forget. And there are challenges...
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  • Purple Cauliflower Gratin

      Robin said to me one afternoon last week, “Let’s try something different as a side dish for dinner. Let’s have cauliflower.” I thought about it for a moment and replied, “I’ll be right back” and grabbed the car keys. “Where are you going?” she...
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  • Keep it alive with kisses

    Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other. Rene Yasenek I am going to tell you a secret — a good marriage can be kept alive by at *least* one red-hot, blow your...
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  • Bigots, buses and bungling the death penalty

    Attorney General Eric Holder, who is black, went on ABC’s “This Week” program last Sunday and said, “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me (and) directed at the president. You know, people talking about taking their country back…...
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  • New face of revolutionary

    Changing the world may not be a viable option for you, but you can certainly change the life of an individual or a community. It only requires a passion to make a difference. Tania Torres, the youngest of three children born to Mexican immigrants, co-founded...
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  • Normal?

    Normal. What does that even mean? Whenever I hear “normal” I just think “old school.” “Normal” holds a lot of judgment. If something is normal, then it must be okay right? Deviation from the norm holds a dirty stigma. Times change. Without change we wouldn’t...
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  • Faith enough

    Over the course of a handful or so of years not too long ago, I managed to lose a little bit of everything – stuff, people, things of inestimable value to me – one thing after the next, again and again. And then yet again....
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  • Let’s pinch the fuse on ‘safe and sane’ fireworks

    Enough’s enough. Now, I like the Winters Swim Team and Little League just as much as the next person. My kids participated on both. I was even a Little League coach for years. But this fireworks booth stuff? It needs to end. Either that, or...
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  • Streets are paved with history

      After I completed my interview with Phil Sexton of Capital District State Museums & Historic Parks for this week’s podcast about Old Sacramento (California), he walked me to my car and pointed out the spot where a toothbrush once hung from a chained post...
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