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Pandemic diversion is one for the books

A man past sixty living alone with a small dog walks to his guest room where a little library of fiction is kept and scans the spines for an option to read as the second year of a pandemic has him … more

Enjoy the journey on a search for the worst

Recently, Turner Classic Movies showed what many consider the worst movie ever made. “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” directed by Edward D. Wood Jr., and starring Bela Lugosi who died during … more

Five-dollar words may not make cents

This column is overdue, so I am going to overdo it. Are you stationary or stationery? Recently when I erred, a reader corrected me: “You wrote ‘cue’ when you meant ‘queue.’” My tale was … more

Irrelevance of watches was just a matter of time

Watch out. Believe it or not, years and years ago wristwatches were intended solely to tell someone what time it was. Not anymore. Maybe you saw this? The president wore a $7,000 “statement … more

Six of one, half a dozen of the other, if that’s OK

I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I would say on Twitter if I were on Twitter. The same goes for Facebook and Instagram and any others I don’t know about. Sooner or later, everyone on Twitter … more

Animal adoption agencies seeing a doggone frenzy

Because of the pandemic, which of the following is way up nationwide? Average per-person daily intake of calories from sugar? Trips to the liquor store? Pet adoption? I don’t have the facts in … more

Apparently this road was paved with good intentions

Harry and I went for a Sunday drive. Only I made a big mistake. I forgot to put the “Sunday Drive” sign in the window that lets everyone know we’re on the road for leisure, not for the rat … more

Sibling is almost like one of the family

My sister and I are unalike. My sister and I are so unalike I required a DNA sample before I agreed to include her in my will. “Cindy” makes lists. She makes lists of the lists she is going to … more

Reality-based greetings as another year begins

Sir Walter Scott said a new year is “The fittest time for festal cheer.” I wish I had it in me. Flipping a calendar page isn’t enough. There’s too much weight and I’m too realistic to … more

Looking near and near for the best things in life

Annually I submit a list of things that make (my) life worth living and it’s usually a snap to write. After all, why wouldn’t life be worth living? Then 2020 showed up. It walked in the door … more

Music won’t stay silent, for better or worse

What’s science got to do with it? What’s science but a secondhand emotion? Music, eventually, finds its way into almost everything, including a pandemic. The same is true for all of the arts. … more

From one’s perspective, two’s a crowd

Few remember Love, a 1960s Los Angeles rock band. They had a number of minor hits, including “My Little Red Book,” “7 and 7 Is,” and “Alone Again Or.” “Alone Again Or” was released in … more

A good memory is a visitor that’s welcome anytime

For at least a month, I’d end the day in my no great shakes West Los Angeles apartment listening to “Desolation Row” on a cheap turntable. It’s an 11:23 song on Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 … more

Going forward and looking back

It won’t be long before we’ll start to see trees strapped to cars and colored lights outlining houses; maybe a few front lawn inflatables; countless advertisements; and familiar holiday songs. … more

Seems like the future wasn’t worth the wait

Wanting an additional serving of “thin gruel,” plucky parish workhouse resident Oliver Twist pleaded “Please, sir, I want some more.” To paraphrase the indigent lad, “Please, sir, I don’t … more

Looking down at someone to be looked up to

Looking down from the second level inside the Aurora Mall 35 years ago, I saw an older man, mid-60s, walking alone and unnoticed. He wasn’t hurrying but showed no signs of impairment. He was … more

It goes without saying, but they say it anyway

“Well, I swear,” is an obsolete expression that was a way of swearing without swearing. Believe it or not, four-letter words were once impermissible in films. Now it would be almost impossible to … more

Safeguarding others is the leashed you can do

Large dark dog, running unleashed through front yards, zoomed to the greenbelt trail and out of sight. Way behind, dog’s owner lopes along. Small child on her first bicycle encounters the dog, is … more

For curly bulbs, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel

One of our curly light bulbs burned out. Realizing I didn’t have a replacement, I went to a hardware store. They were out of curly light bulbs too. “Yes, we’re out.” “For how long?” … more

Do-it-yourself plumbing is a pipe dream

Indoor plumbing. The world’s population was able to do without indoor plumbing for centuries and still evolve. There are those around the world who do not have indoor plumbing to this day. Others, … more
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