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The cold truth about ice cream

Just what possessed me to write today, in the dead of winter, about ice cream? Here goes: I had this elementary school teacher years ago who told me to eat ice cream on cold winter days to warm …

The risky business of fales impressions and snap judgments

First impressions can be lasting, both good and bad. Many couples say they fell in love at first sight. And probably just as many who've said that may very well have had promising marriages end …

Filled with life: Retirement isn't a dead end | You Have My Word(s)

I don't know if I'm typical, average, normal or something else. When I retired from my regular job as a public information specialist at the University of Washington several years ago, I hadn't made …

Join the bus-to-lunch bunch | You Have My Word(s)

I first arrived in the Seattle area in 1979 driving a big ol' gas-guzzling Oldsmobile. An absolute clunker! But that car played a major role in my journey to acceptance of public transportation. …

Do you feel what I feel? | You Have My Word(s)

I don't wanna be a bah humbug sorta guy or Grinch again this holiday season, but isn't Christmas supposed to be more than just a bunch of stuff we buy from Amazon, Walmart, and Macy's that everybody …

My mom passed a long time ago when she was only 54. My grandmother has been gone since I was a youngster, and my dad passed more than 20 years ago. The three of them taught me many important …

What the world needs this Thanksgiving | You Have My Word(s)

If only we could have a change of heart. Not all of us, of course. Just the too many who believe the world is an impossible mess and continue with a stream of negative doomsday philosophy that …

(You've got a) ticket to ride | You Have My Word(s)

A lot of people around here seem to have an aversion to riding public transportation. Especially light rail. Even when they don't have a car. Sound Transit seems to be betting billions that …

Safety is a slippery slide | You Have My Word(s)

One thing almost always leads to something entirely different when I sit down to write these columns. Let me tell you how the following narrative evolved. I was going to write about balance in …

To write, 'just do it!' | You Have My Word(s)

Would you like to write a book, movie screenplay, TV script, poem, or even just a letter to the editor of the Edmonds Beacon? Well, what the heck is stopping you? Don't you know that practically …

It takes a village – and some niceness | You Have My Word(s)

The other day I went to Trader Joe's to pick up a few essentials, like fresh-squeezed orange juice, romaine lettuce, bananas, and watermelon chunks. After shopping, I felt a sense of pride and …

Going way back: Lyrics to my ears | You Have My Word(s)

I really like music. Who doesn't? But, unfortunately, I can't sing or play a musical instrument. I sang in a school chorus as a kid, with others thankfully drowning me out. And I took turns trying …

Listen up to these wise women | You Have My Word(s)

Forgive me, lady readers, if I'm lucky enough to still have any of you. Several weeks ago I wrote a column titled "Can I quote you on that?" That piece referenced mostly humorous things famous …

Can I quote you on that? | You Have My Word(s)

Albert Einstein, Yogi Berra, Willie Nelson, and Mark Twain. What a group of exceptional gentlemen, who contributed so much to our country and world during their lives and ours, too. And I'm not …

I'm sorry, I really don't get it. Why does everything these days seem so contentious, controversial, and polarized? And not just our politics – the list is long. School curricula, books, best …

A coat and tie doesn't suit me | You Have My Word(s)

Maybe my father was right when he sent me a newspaper clipping many years ago about a college classmate of mine who had achieved a high political office. “If only you had his drive,” Dad …

Why I happen to be a cut-up | You Have My Word(s)

What you think of me is none of my business. I heard this statement a long time ago, and it has stuck with me. Still, I have to admit I do care what people think of me. Which brings me to what …

Food for thought in Edmonds | You Have My Word(s)

Little did I know when I settled in Edmonds over 15 years ago that my new home city was destined to become a dining destination. As someone who lives to eat, rather than eats to live, I am …

Name your fun | You Have My Word(s)

Writing this column is fun for me, and I hope occasionally fun for you to read. Which brings me to my topic for today: What is fun for you? Or what makes you happy? Even in our just completed …

What hat should I wear today? | You Have My Word(s)

My former colleagues at the University of Washington, where I worked for almost 25 years, had a nickname for me. They called me the Mad Hatter. Not because I was mad, I hope, but rather because I …

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