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Everything was going fine until the accident

Nov 30, 2016
Everything was going fine until the accident

“Count your blessings,” my wife said. I did a quick inventory and came up with a half-dozen things. They didn’t make me feel better. “I’m going to indulge my discontent for a while,” I said. My wife shrugged and said … Continue reading

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Maximizing prices at Kings arena puts squeeze on fans

Nov 28, 2016
Maximizing prices at Kings arena puts squeeze on fans

The Sacramento Kings lose a lot on the basketball court, but the team is an NBA leader in “dynamic pricing” of tickets. If that doesn’t fill you with pride, maybe it shouldn’t. Another term for the practice could be called … Continue reading

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Some Thanksgivings better than others

Nov 23, 2016
Some Thanksgivings better than others

Whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul, I account it high time to reflect on Thanksgivings past. They were happy holidays when I was a kid. We had big family meals with up to 25 people at … Continue reading

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Confrontation between CSUS professors was shoddy performance

Nov 21, 2016

Given all the hostility in the air, I find news accounts of a classroom confrontation last month at California State University, Sacramento, disturbing. Academia should be a place where reason trumps emotion. Instead, there was an unseemly showdown between two … Continue reading

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Feeling the need to calculate my life expectancy

Nov 18, 2016
Feeling the need to calculate my life expectancy

  How many years do I have left to live? God only knows. But that question has been on my mind because this year marks a dubious milestone. I turned 70½, which means the Internal Revenue Service wants me to … Continue reading

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Another high school leader worried by Trump’s election

Nov 17, 2016

Editor’s Note:   Some high school officials in the great state of Ohio, where I have numerous relatives, are disturbed by the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and the effect it is having on their students. The … Continue reading

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Evaluating people by their looks

Nov 15, 2016

“Young Joe Biden Was a Hottie.” A headline like that, which I came across this morning in the Harvard Crimson,  is hard to ignore. In fact, it introduces the “most read” story on the newspaper’s website. Click on the headline … Continue reading

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Inspiring words from a high school principal in Ohio

Nov 11, 2016

Editor’s Note: Family members in the great state of Ohio alerted me to this statement by the principal of Shaker Heights High School near Cleveland. The following is from the school newspaper, The Shakerite. Principal Jonathan Kuehnle spoke during the Nov. 9 … Continue reading

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What’s gotten into American voters?

Nov 9, 2016

The 1956 horror film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” threw a real scare into me. The thought of alien beings taking over the bodies of parents and friends unsettled my 10-year-old mind. Creepy things might lurk beneath the surface of … Continue reading

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Would-be volunteer for youth writing program gets grumpy

Nov 7, 2016
Would-be volunteer for youth writing program gets grumpy

Two minutes into the orientation, I doubted that I would be serving as a volunteer with this Sacramento nonprofit group, one devoted to improving the literacy skills of poor and at-risk young people. Thirty minutes later, after hearing details on … Continue reading

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