Category Archives: Columns

NEW COLUMN

Dear subscribers, Starting Friday, April 5, my new column will become part of the weekly newspaper, The Carmel Pine Cone. It will be called Scenic Views and will appear in the paper’s real estate section. The column will have a … Continue reading

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THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES

  A second, a minute, an hour, a day. We measure time precisely and we treat it so casually. We carry it on our wrists;  place it on nightstands where it serenades us to sleep, rouses us awake. Sometimes we … Continue reading

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DO NOT GO GENTLY INTO THOSE GOOD HIGHLANDS

When Dylan Thomas exhorted us not to go gently into that good night he may have been visiting someone in Carmel Highlands. Whenever I go to Carmel Highlands I feel I should lay down a trail of white pebbles like … Continue reading

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A TALE OF SOCCER BALLS, MOCHAS, BANKS, AND ANGELS

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2 King James Bible)  The deck on the Monterey Starbucks on Alvarado Street is usually warmed by the morning sun. That was not the case one … Continue reading

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STUFFING 101

STUFFING FOR BEGINNERS My favorite nephew is single, has Tom Cruise good looks and lives in Carlsbad, California in what can only be called a perpetual light-beer commercial. He is not much of a cook, but he has decided to … Continue reading

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HOW GREEN IS YOUR TURKEY?

Remember the good old days when you simply ran out and bought a frozen turkey, thawed it out, removed the giblets, washed it, stuffed it, cooked it, carved it, ate it, made sandwiches, made hash, and finally made soup? One … Continue reading

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RUNS, SPITS, AND ERRORS

This is one of my favorite times of the year with the baseball World Series in full swing. As I write this the San Francisco Giants are a game up against my other favorite team, The Detroit Tigers. Yet, it … Continue reading

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COUGH IF YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH GRAMMAR

My last column on grammar brought out bouquets and brickbats, so I thought I would take another foray into the verbal jungle that includes “foray, foyer, fort, forte, and forte” among a plethora of other misused words, as well as … Continue reading

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GRAMMAR IS NOT THE LADY WHO MARRIED YOUR GRANDFATHER

In her famous Sonnet “How do I love thee …” Elizabeth Barrett Browning writes: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.  I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling … Continue reading

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PAIN AT THE PUMP AND AT THE DAIRY COUNTER

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. in July 2012 was $3.49. The average price of a gallon of milk was $3.42. I often feel bamboozled by the machinations … Continue reading

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