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I can’t live without my 16-quart pot

During the COVID shutdown, I have spent time editing my possessions. After all, I’m 73, and the thought of a terminal move moves me to lighten up. Although per...

Time to cowboy up, buckaroo

“Have you ever run a chainsaw?” boss man Sam asked me. “No,” I answered. “OK, take this chainsaw and…” Or, “have you ever driven a tractor? No? OK, here are...

I can still hear the big man’s laugh

It has been years now, but he used to come to our home on Sunday mornings for a cup of coffee. Not every Sunday but maybe once a month we would be favored by hi...

Band of brothers around a bond fire

In June 1957, two weeks prior to high school graduation, my group of buddies were looking at the potential loss of our brotherhood. We gathered and formally ado...

Neither fire nor ice would be nice

One hundred years ago, Robert Frost, wrote: "Some say the world will end with fire, Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire. I hold with those who favo...

My neurologist had the nerve to retire

When I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in December of 2014, my wife, Kerry, lovingly soothed my back with her gentle touch. "I'm so sorry," she whispered...

A difficult year, a heart-breaking day

At times we have to deal with difficult situations in our life. Not all of it is smooth sailing. It all started about a year ago, when my wife was forgetting wh...

Losing 30 pounds was a SNAP

People are publicly proclaiming their pandemic achievements and lifestyle changes. My triumph is losing 30 pounds since the spring; not because I am a front-lin...

A year to remember, or should I say forget?

As I sat down recently to pen my annual Christmas letter, I contemplated which words would best represent my thoughts, wishes and outlook for the upcoming year....

The calculus of Christmas spirit

It was the fall of 1980. I was a conservative kid from New Orleans majoring in meteorology. She was a free-spirited graduate of UC-Berkeley, prone to wearing mi...