Category Life, the Universe, and Everything

When Being Helpless Helps

Yesterday was a beautiful day. Not just in the sense of good weather and lovely scenery — those things are pretty much standard issue in our slice of Northern California, especially in springtime, something we who live here tend to…

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The Keys To Happiness

First, some words of self defense: it was a crazy day. Crazy good, but still. I had just finished working at the middle school, where it was presentation day for the Manifest Destiny project. An immersive educational adventure engineered by the eighth grade teachers., it involves…

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Dog’s Wisdom

The sun was back in Napa Valley yesterday.  It lit up the chrome-yellow of the wild mustard that burst into bloom between the vines, suffused the twisting, mossy limbs of the oak trees, drew birds and lizards and kids and tourists into…

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Sick Day

Last night we watched the Oscars, from the very beginning of the red carpet coverage (the portion of the evening I refer to as The Dresses), all the way through to the historically bungled Best Picture award. There I sat,…

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