Walking through the snow

Walking through the snow

It was snowing hard, the way it almost never does anymore, and I decided I needed to go for my walk, heedless of the weather.“I probably wonR...

January 30th, 2023 |  


All grown up in one weekend

All grown up in one weekend

We left town early Saturday morning, a man and his little girl.We came back Sunday night, a man and his nearly adult daughter.It’s funny how two...

January 27th, 2023 |  


Living in Portland, Oregon

Living in Portland, Oregon

I was having lunch with a friend and she asked me why I moved back to Hillsboro after living all around the world. I hesitated, since we’d been ...

January 26th, 2023 |  



Coupons for Amazon Prime members

Coupons for Amazon Prime members

Here’s a quick one to start us off. Amazon has a page of coupons just for Prime members. It’s at Amazon.com/coupons. You’re not gonn...

January 25th, 2023 |  


Teacher quality is a security issue

Teacher quality is a security issue

Editor’s note — This following column is an updated article originally written by contributing columnist Bill Sims and published by Educat...

January 24th, 2023 |  


Everyone likes a compliment

Everyone likes a compliment

“I have to say, that is a very nice hat!” I told the man as he passed me on the sidewalk.The man in the snazzy blue fedora had a serious l...

January 23rd, 2023 |  


Thoughts of divesting my youth

Thoughts of divesting my youth

Last fall I happened to catch a Howard Stern interview with someone who certainly is in the conversation as his generation’s greatest troubadour...

January 20th, 2023 |  


Where did all the people go?

Where did all the people go?

Quick update: Last week I asked what was so special about Damar Hamlin. Damar, Damar, Damar! That’s all I heard on all media. He did, in fact, s...

January 19th, 2023 |  


Is it a talent or a curse?

Is it a talent or a curse?

When our kids were small we took a few vacations, but not many. It was just way too difficult for several reasons. The first and obvious one was the a...

January 18th, 2023 |  


Wagner Group and private armies

Wagner Group and private armies

The Wagner Group. No, I’m not talking about the group of works by Germany’s famous opera composer Richard Wagner. This is about the most p...

January 17th, 2023 |