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Our little bit of heaven...

Our little bit of heaven...

I don't enjoy writing about "serious" topics. That's why I'm a columnist, not a journalist. Serious topics make my head hurt. They require facts and getting to the bottom of facts just slows down the process.
We are all in this together, stupid

We are all in this together, stupid

"Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely." I'm pretty sure that was the takeaway from George Orwell's Animal Farm .
An elaborate April Fool's Day joke?

An elaborate April Fool's Day joke?

I hit a time warp last Friday. The morning was progressing, as all mornings seem to in this current sheltering-in-place reality.
We will get through this ...

We will get through this ...

"Blow up your TV, Throw away your paper...." John Prine On Sept. 11, 2001, I woke up with a stiff back, mental dislocation and an overwhelming sense of wonder.
A season baked-in with life lessons

A season baked-in with life lessons

In keeping with the, how you say, je ne sais quoi , of the whole zietgiest of the moment, a unique moment if for no other reason I get to use both French and German in the same sentence, I have to pose a perennial question I've never before posed in
Mail call...

Mail call...

While I'm generally a let-bygones-be-bygones kind of guy, an always moving forward, never look back person, I do have mild twinges of PTSD.
Looking forward is the future

Looking forward is the future

Prior to widespread European exploration and well before the great land grab, it is estimated the size of the North American bison—buffalo—population may have been anywhere from 30 to 50 million animals.
How to get more people 
onto transit

How to get more people onto transit

What can be more soul-sapping —life-threatening conditions or income tax deadline time aside—than regularly sitting in gridlocked traffic? Vehicles crawling at a pace just slightly faster than a walk, taillights stretching for as far as y
The elephant in the room? Population growth

The elephant in the room? Population growth

In the pale predawn light, a time when most of us were trying to wring out the last moments of sleep, with the mountains to the south of me just beginning to take shape, blackened silhouettes against a sky fierce with wind and torn cloud, punctuated
Valentines in a leap year

Valentines in a leap year

In case you hadn't noticed , 2020 is a leap year. Oh yeah, baby, one extra day to celebrate in the shortest month of the year.