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Glitter – the New Pine Needles

 Christmas at the Woodward household lasts until March.   That, give or take, used to be when the last pine needle from the Christmas tree was swept or vacuumed up, officially ending the season for another year.   The staying power of those pine needles defied belief. Those on the floor around the tree were…

A Day for Family, Peace, Good Will

 Some of my most cherished memories are of the Christmases of my youth, spent with family in our home of many years on Lemp Street in Boise’s North End.    Christmas was the best time of the year: decorating the tree with my mother and sister, Christmas music on the stereo, snow falling in the…

Tim’s Memoir Book Almost Sold Out

“Finding My Niche,” my memoir published a year ago, will soon be out of print. Signed copies are still available at Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth Street in downtown Boise, and today I’m going to Barnes & Noble, 1301 N. Milwaukee, near Boise Towne Square Mall, to sign the last of their stock. If you’ve…

A Childhood Friend, Just Quietly Gone

 One of my best childhood friends died almost a year ago. It’s a measure of how much we’d drifted apart that I didn’t find out until last week.   There was, to the best of my knowledge, no obituary, no funeral service. He was just quietly gone.   We met when we were four years…

Life With ‘The Naughtiest Dog Ever’

   A lot of years have passed since my wife and I had a dog, but we feel like we have a dog. This is only natural, considering that a dog is more or less a live-in visitor at our house.   The dog’s name is Roux. She belongs to our daughter who works long…

Not Just a Car, a Time Machine

  It stopped me in my tracks as while crossing a supermarket parking lot.    It was only a car, but it might as well have been a time machine. In the space of a single step, it transported me from the present to my teenage years.   It was a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, the…

The Things We Take for Granted – but Shouldn’t

  It’s difficult to impossible to think of all things we take for granted in our daily lives – until we don’t have them.   Things like three meals a day. We take them for granted, until we miss one.    Or a good night’s sleep. We take it for granted and don’t appreciate how…

An Icon That Needs To Go Home

A downtown Boise icon hasn’t been within almost a mile of downtown Boise for ten years.   It was charming.   It made people smile.   It was admired by Boiseans and visitors alike.   Can you guess what it was?   If not, it’s because you’re a newcomer who’s never seen it or it’s…

Born Forgetful, And Getting Worse

 Forgetfulness is so common that countless writers have ruminated on it, often humorously.    Mark Twain, whose writing and witticisms are anything but forgettable, observed that “When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.”   That was the only quote I could remember about forgetfulness. So I looked up…

Will This Vacation Ever End?

  It had all the makings of a memorable vacation. It was the first time my wife and I and all three of our kids had taken a vacation together in many years.   Our vacations used to provide fodder for columns. The kids invariably got colds, our cars broke down, I got chicken pox…

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