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Here’s an idea for your next holiday treat

Six things I’d rather not do. 1. Have my gums scraped. 2. Stumble into a nest of Brown Recluse spiders. 3. Eat a razor blade. 4. Spend a week in…

Jackson Pollock meets the photo-realists

I like to watch other people cook. It’s a treat to observe a skilled cook, amateur or professional, beat a path through the kitchen. There is something balletic about it,…

Pulling the foible wagon

I live in Siberia with a View, a small community nestled a few miles from the Continental Divide, comfy in the embrace of the San Juan Mountains. This is a…

Epicurus and I make the right trades

Let’s deal with an interesting concept that arises as one lives a life of abundance and ease: that you have a measure of control over how long you will live,…

Battling in the dark … without a can opener

I am in hiding. I won’t be in to work for a while. Not unusual, I can hear you say. But this is not a matter of my erratic personal…

Lunching with finks at Trattoria Borgia

I can see it clearly, as if I am there. The vision is awful, edges crisp, every detail amplified. The emotions it summons are stark. I’ve experienced this vision in…

Sleekly Swedish, hold the horse

An examination of a family tree usually reveals tangled roots, a twisted amalgam of genetic histories, nationalities, religions. The end result: we’re mutts. I like to ponder my muttiness. I…

Firing off new solutions

Now that the effort to recall Rep. Mike McLachlan has been at least temporarily derailed, let’s try something different: Get people together to craft a moderate approach to the gun…

Meet Mr. Social, the party planner

We have the discussion at least once each week. “You’re antisocial,” she says. “No, I’m not. Now leave me alone.” “You are. You go out of your way to avoid…

Of geeks and French fries

It’s a tsunami. A wave of geeks surges down the broad hallway. The geeks are shoulder to shoulder, few of them watching where they’re going; some are texting, heads down,…

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