Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Someday)

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about a devastating earthquake that will someday hit the Pacific Northwest. It all started last month, when The New Yorker published a story called “The Really Big One.” A lot of people are really freaked out about this, including my daughter. While the overall details of the article areContinue reading “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Someday)”

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Mightier Than Julius Caesar

If you’re like me, you’ve probably followed the travails of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 for weeks now. It’s kind of hard not to get sucked in: this story has it all. Mystery, drama, and intrigue. Stolen passports. Deleted flight simulator data. Cell phones that keep on ringing. It has become the biggest mystery of modern times,Continue reading “Mightier Than Julius Caesar”

When Life Hands You Lemons, Ask For Limes

We were shopping for groceries last weekend and needed limes. I was dismayed to find them priced at 89 cents each. Normally, they cost about a quarter. “Do they think we’re rubes?” I said. “Forget it. We’ll buy them somewhere else.” The next day, we were Somewhere Else. And guess what? They were selling limes for 99 centsContinue reading “When Life Hands You Lemons, Ask For Limes”

Outwitting The 420 Brigade

On Colorado’s Interstate 70, mile marker 420 signs kept disappearing, winding up in the possession of pot smokers, who wanted a snicker-worthy souvenir to celebrate their favorite pastime. 420, in case you live under a rock, is a revered number in cannabis culture, shorthand for “let’s get high.” The term was invented by a groupContinue reading “Outwitting The 420 Brigade”

When Fake is Real: How I Became More Smarter

We were watching Saturday Night Live the other day, and they were doing a sketch on Nelson Mandela’s funeral with a sign language interpreter who was using fake sign language. Pretty humorous, I thought, but what did it have to do with anything real? “Umm,” Tara said. “You know, the sign language interpreter who used fake signContinue reading “When Fake is Real: How I Became More Smarter”