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  • Road trips from the back seat

    The aroma is not pleasant when you’re sitting between two boys and a dog. But, for some reason, my mother thought my younger brothers wouldn’t fight if I was in the middle. For two summers in the mid-1960s, my family traveled across the country pulling...
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  • ‘Tis of thee

    In the 1957 film, “12 Angry Men,” Henry Fonda plays the lone dissenting juror on a panel which has overwhelmingly judged a Puerto Rican teenager guilty of murdering his father. In the jury room, he argues and cajoles with the men, forcing his fellow jurors...
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  • Of grandfathers and fathers

    In times of self-reflection and self-analysis, I have looked at my parents and my childhood. I can see aspects of myself that I have either inherited or absorbed from each of them. I called my dad this morning to wish him a happy Father’s Day,...
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  • Knowing her, knowing me

    It was April 1984, and my mother was dying, so I drove up from Southern California to spend time with her. She was at home, as she had no desire to live out her remaining days in a hospital. She told me that she had...
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  • The Storyteller

    Once upon a time, in the Land of Milknhunnie, a man strolled alongside a country road, his walking stick keeping time with the heartbeat of the land. A gentle breeze stirred the brim of his aged hat, exchanging waves with the tall grasses as the...
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  • Skin art

    Whenever I’m asked if I would be interested in receiving a tattoo, my stock, truthful response is, “I can’t even commit to a couch.” However, I appreciate the art, history, and stories behind them. Enter Mr. G and Madame Chinchilla, proprietors of the Triangle Tattoo...
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  • Not Pollyanna

    It’s somewhat bizarre to use Ted Nugent as an intelligent reference, but he made an astute point during an interview several years ago. Frequently, I have been reminded of it since President T-word (Trump) took office. (It’s not a good idea to say his name...
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  • Because she could

    Each year, Women’s History Month highlights amazing, adventurous, iconoclastic women. And, each year, I think of my great-aunt Rena. Feisty and independent, Irene “Rena” Harrison was born on Aug. 12, 1900 in Usal, California. Her parents were, technically, Finnish immigrants. I say “technically,” because I...
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  • Metallic silver lining

    “I can’t wait for 2016 to end.” Frequently posted comment on social media Indeed, this year has certainly borne witness to startling events. Over 145 iconoclasts have died, such as Senator Dale Bumpers, David Bowie, Zaha Hadid, Umberto Eco, Harper Lee, Muhammed Ali, George Martin,...
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