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Posted Jan 30, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I saw a newspaper article not long ago where actor Hugh Grant was leaving a restaurant and was being hounded by reporters, so he threw his doggy-container of baked beans at them. I remember thinking, “Why is a man who is worth millions of dollars bringing home leftover baked beans?” He could surely afford to hire a cook to prepare savory meals for him. I realized then that no matter how rich people are, they still yearn for the foods they grew up on. And while...

Posted Jan 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

THE DONALD TRUMP REALITY SHOW Boy, can he work a crowd — draped across his podium, telling his followers how much he loves them. His ego is frightening. The fact that he believes he has the skills to run a...

Posted Jan 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I’m what most people would call extreme. I jump from cliffs on mountain bikes, snowboards and ropes. And when I hike, it’s across entire states or countries. Over the years, I’ve suffered many injuries while playing;...

Updated Dec 24, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Our first stories for teaching and entertainment come from Egypt. One of the best, from about 2000 BCE, is "The Eloquent Peasant." I have known since my student days that this story is important, because it promotes the idea of social...

Posted Dec 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The ghosts of Christmas past who haunt me are not the scary, chain-rattling kind of the Ebenezer Scrooge novella. They’re happy ghosts who poke smiles out of me when they nudge recollections of childhood Christmases. I must have been...

Posted Dec 5, 2015 at 11:01 PM

October was shaping up to be a pretty good month for this Medford retiree. The Atelier in Ashland was going to present a staged reading of my play “The MacArthur Grant” Oct. 26. SOCAN’s Rogue Basin Climate Summit Oct.

Posted Nov 28, 2015 at 11:01 PM

On Christmas Eve, 1938, Ed Starns stood on a street corner in Modesto, California, trying to sell the last of his remaining newspapers. The sun had gone down hours earlier, and a thick, wet fog blanketed the small town. Wearing only a thin...

Posted Nov 21, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Spontaneous: Performed or occurring without premeditation or external stimulus. Having a natural and uninhibited manner. I'm not natural or uninhibited. And I don't like things occurring without premeditation. On the other hand, if...

Posted Nov 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

My name is Claws. I’m a big tortoise in a small town. I was barely a hatchling the size of a golf ball when I was adopted and taken to Jacksonville. I’m more than two feet long now. My new mom met me at Pet Country and took me...

Posted Nov 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Cody, my shelter dog, has been a part of my life for 17 years. His journey began as a sick puppy in a shelter waiting to be euthanized. A rescue group, Second Chance Rescue, came to the shelter and took the dogs they felt had a good chance...

Updated Oct 24, 2015 at 12:35 PM

I’m sitting here wondering whether it’s OK to be grieving a car.

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