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Silly me: Haugh About That?

When I was young, if someone labeled me stupid, my self-confidence would be ripped to shreds, leaving me feeling worthless and undesirable. But this time, I deserved to be called out.

On June 28, I went in for what was deemed a mere procedure on my knee: nothing major, nothing life-threatening, just a little tear in the meniscus. Having already undergone two hip replacements, I was sure my recovery would be easy-peasy.


Duplicitous brand-building: The Villaj Idiut

For anybody who thinks that Donald Trump actually wants to win this election and become the nation’s next president, you are fooling yourself.

Have you ever seen a presidential candidate less interested in moving to the White House than Trump, less engaged than he is in actually running this campaign?

Little white lies: Haugh About That?

As the tall silver fox from Sausalito chatted on, I found my breath taken away. It isn’t often I meet a handsome stranger at a Sharks game, but as the fans began to scream, we knew it was time to go inside. Saying goodbye, we exchanged business cards with the promise to meet again.

For the next several days, we flirted via text and email.

A step back in time: A Piece of My Mind

The Anderson Valley, centered in Boonville in Mendocino County, is so remote that linguists used to visit to study “Boontling,” the dialect spoken by the inhabitants when keeping secrets from outsiders. The valley is accessible only via twisty and nausea-inducing Highway 128 at one end and the narrow “Tunnel to the Sea” through a second-growth redwood forest along the Navarro River on the other end. But if you make it over the pass, you will feel as if you have gone back in time and space to the Napa Valley as it was a half-century ago.

Here in late May, the rolling hills are just finishing with spring, looking like sun-faded green velvet curtains dropped in heaps.

The days go by slowly, but the years went by fast: The Villaj Idiut

He is surly and prickly and abrupt – and his students love him.

He is loud and boisterous and demanding – and the parents of his students love him.

Orlando: No Shoes, Please

Last week I watched an interview with six surgeons who had cared for the wounded and dying in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, during which gunman Omar Mateen shot approximately 100 people.

One doctor noted that assault weapons such as the one used by Mateen fire bigger bullets faster than handguns or civilian-type firearms. The resulting wounds inflicted are worse, the tissue damage more extensive.

Legacy: A Piece of My Mind

A few weeks ago I attended a couple of celebrations that set me thinking.

The first was a reunion of Los Altos High School alumni and faculty members from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, a picnic where students had a chance to tell some of their teachers as well as each other how things they had learned decades ago had affected their lives. A few examples:


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