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A hothead’s outburst sinks his team in the clutch

Apr 23, 2015

As I have noted before, playing basketball at the Capital Athletic Club in Sacramento provides a fine opportunity to puzzle over human nature. For example, why does a good player lose control of his emotions in the clutch and ensure … Continue reading

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Fighting words: almonds, vaccines

Apr 21, 2015

When I picked up the Bee the other day, I was greeted by front-page articles providing space to advocates of more almond orchards in drought-plagued California and to zealots asserting a right to refuse to vaccinate their children. In the … Continue reading

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How about common sense and straight talk?

Apr 15, 2015

Here are a couple of things to ponder: pro basketball players who hang around trouble-prone nightspots and a “world-renowned” hotel chain coming to Sacramento. For starters, we have Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha getting a fractured leg outside a New … Continue reading

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How not to recover from a business mess

Apr 13, 2015

What do Bonney Plumbing of Sacramento and Rolling Stone magazine have in common? Both businesses have bosses that seem to be tone deaf about how their nasty messes play out in the public eye. Let’s start with Bonney Plumbing, a … Continue reading

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Old wood paneling poses knotty problem

Apr 8, 2015
Old wood paneling poses knotty problem

  As homeowners know, when you upgrade one thing, other things begin to look faded and worn. Last summer, I replaced three of the casement windows in the large upstairs room I use as a study. I did this for … Continue reading

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Wild words on public subsidies for sports arenas

Apr 6, 2015

Far out, man! That’s my throwback reaction to this morning’s editorial in the Sacramento Bee bearing this headline: “Ditch tax break for pro arenas/ Obama’s budget would end subsidy.” The headline is so preposterous coming from the Bee that I … Continue reading

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Think before you use that stereotype

Apr 1, 2015

What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails. … What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. These lines from an early 19th century nursery rhyme, which still rang true through the … Continue reading

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Negative cliché casts shadow on McClatchy’s state title win

Mar 30, 2015

McClatchy blew a 10-point lead in the final 1:11 of regulation and also let a four-point advantage slip away in the first overtime. Ouch and double ouch! That first sentence came from a photo cutline on the front page of … Continue reading

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Bare legs disappearing in today’s basketball

Mar 25, 2015
Bare legs disappearing in today’s basketball

If you’re a fashionista, you might have noticed that the legs of male basketball players are disappearing from view these days. The New York Times had a lengthy article last Sunday in its sports section on this subject. Where once … Continue reading

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Old sprinkler pipes induce fear and trembling

Mar 23, 2015
Old sprinkler pipes induce fear and trembling

    When I saw water streaming over the sidewalk from one of the front sprinklers, my heart sank. I knew there would be no quick fix. My front yard has a network of galvanized steel pipe that goes back … Continue reading

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