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Mel Lavine

In a Time of Drought

By Mel Lavine

August 20, 2014

Day after day I pick up the paper in the morning to get the weather. It is the same story: There will be a few sprinkles possible but significant rain is not expected.Few if anyone seems to be worried. The drought is not the ... Read more »

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Jack Betts

Wisdom and Wit of the Late U.S. Rep. Caldwell Butler

By Jack Betts

August 12, 2014

I long admired Rep. Caldwell Butler in my reporting days in Washington, and was sorry when I read of his death last week. I offered a remembrance of Butler's role to a newspaper I had not written for in decades, and Roanoke Times Editorial Page ... Read more »

Robert Schrag

'Why is No One Out There Talking to Us?'

By Robert Schrag

July 22, 2014

As I sit here at my desk I am surrounded by five screens. The World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands is unfolding silently on my iPad while my laptop powers two screens, one holds Evernote where I am composing this essay, the other ... Read more »

Jack Betts

Curious Case of the Cast Iron Compass Rose

By Jack Betts

July 21, 2014

Back in our sailing days we used to collect the odd item of nautical descent — a brass signal cannon that fired 10-gauge blanks and put out a satisfactory BANG!, a gimballed brass salon lamp that swung more or less level when the weather got ... Read more »

Suellen Zima

Leaks in the Bubble

By Suellen Zima

July 19, 2014

I'm extremely fortunate to live in a bubble of my own making. Inside my bubble, the Southern California weather is kind, my home is a comfortable and happy place to be, and my surroundings provide a satisfying variety of friends and activities. Exercise keeps me ... Read more »

Mel Lavine

Car Crimes

By Mel Lavine

July 18, 2014

My faithful 1992 Honda Accord flunked its smog test last month. After a visit to the repair shop, it was OK to drive. The other day I found the ancient wonder missing from the parking lot after I left my cardio-rehab class in Berkeley. I ... Read more »

Mel Lavine

Keeping the Fat Lady Singing

By Mel Lavine

July 14, 2014

“The Death of Klinghoffer,” which had its U.S. premiere in 1991 in San Francisco, is an opera that depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists who murdered an elderly and disabled American tourist, Leon Klinghoffer. The work is ... Read more »

Shirley A. Nelson

Writing as a Healing Balm

By Shirley A. Nelson

July 11, 2014

"To find in ourselves what makes life worth living is risky business, for it means that once we know we must seek it. It also means that without it life will be valueless." Marsha Sinetar, "Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics"Experiences that are deeply ... Read more »

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