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A first take on the Second City
A first take on the Second City

I have mixed feelings about traveling back east to my old hometown. I love seeing my family, of course, but it’s hard to escape that sense of been there, done that.

So this year we decided to make a stop someplace new on the way home...

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August occasions
August occasions

As I write, this last week of July, my thoughts turn to August. Our relationship is complicated, as they say. August is my birth month, but also the month I lost my mom. Even in childhood, August was a mixed month for me. On one hand, it meant a...

Raise the Woof
Raise the Woof
at the Dog Days of Summer
A rail disappointment
A rail disappointment

They say there are no guarantees in life and I generally believe that’s true. And yet, recently when I booked tickets on Amtrak and the clerk assured me the short time between the bus arrival and train departure was of no concern, I never...

Don’t bet on it
Don’t bet on it

I’ve played Bingo maybe three times in my life and that was so long ago I’m not sure if even that much is true. So a few years ago when my cousin suggested we play, I resisted. I wasn’t sure I even knew how to play. But how hard...

A touching encounter
A touching encounter

Until recently, my close encounters with jelly fish (as I used to call them) occurred on the beach as I ran in bare feet trying to avoid them. Even dead, I believed they could sting the heck of me. What I didn’t know was that the jellies were...

A singular sign off
A singular sign off

Fifteen years ago, I sat in a local restaurant across the table from David Ogden Stiers. My friends had bid on the lunch at a fund-raiser and were kind enough to invite me along. That afternoon we sipped wine and ate food of which I have no...

Feeling the pressure
Feeling the pressure

First came the boat fire, a nasty affair with burning fiberglass spewing black smoke all over Devils Lake. The North Lincoln Fire & Rescue crews were just getting things cleaned up when another call came, this one for a structure fire in an...

Shuffling the pack
Shuffling the pack

From the day Luna came into our lives, we said we would find her a companion. We’ve always believed in having at least two of any pet so they would have a friend of their own species. It seemed it should be simple enough. Sort of. Luna is a...

A high-wire career
A high-wire career

“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked my new beau. I figured it would be good to know if he’d given any thought to how he might make a living before we went much further.

“I’m going to be...

A real sucker for octopuses
A real sucker for octopuses

Shortly after I first moved to the coast, I signed up for an Octopus Encounter at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Standing in the back room next to the open octopus tank, I confess I was feeling just a wee bit creeped out. I had grown up watching cartoons...