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 … Continue reading Born Forgetful, And Getting Worse →
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 … Continue reading Will This Vacation Ever End? →
Thomas Wolfe famously wrote that you can’t go home again. He was right in the context of his book, but sometimes you can go home again. And maybe it won’t look very different. An errand recently took me within a few blocks of my childhood home. It had been years since I’d spent … Continue reading You Can’t Go Home Again? →
Maybe there’s something to be said for almost dying. Or at least thinking you could be. Readers of my last column will recall that I inadvertently took two prescription drugs recently that shouldn’t be taken together. I’m usually careful about checking drug interactions, but one of the two seemed so harmless that … Continue reading Giving Back: The Winner is … →
All my life I’ve been lucky with my health. Some illnesses, of course, but nothing life threatening. Even when a doctor said I had cancer, it was a small tumor, removed with no recurrence. Not once was there concern that it could be fatal. That kind of luck can make you feel almost invincible. … Continue reading The Night I Though I Might Die →
Some days are just bad from the start. You wake up feeling great, looking forward to the day, and before you know it things begin to unravel. It happened to me on a recent day when my older daughter and I went to a concert in Portland. Not everyone travels 400 … Continue reading A Murphy’s Law Kind of Day →
One of my most memorable vacations was a raft trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. It gave me an appreciation for the beauty and power of river rapids. The Middle Fork’s rapids pale, however, in comparison with those of the Snake River before it was dammed in the late 1950s … Continue reading Barefoot and Lucky in Hells Canyon →
The old pool clearly had seen better days. Its cement was cracked, its paint faded. Dirt and leaves had collected in the bottom of the deep end, along with a purple Royal Crown whisky bag. A gray, gloomy afternoon completed the melancholy tableau. The occasion was an open house at Lowell Pool, … Continue reading Lowell Pool – Worth Saving →
The view from the stage would have gladdened the heart of any musician. A sold-out show, an enthusiastic crowd. Hundreds of people dancing, laughing, enjoying an experience that, sadly, will never happen again. Bob Woollis, who was visiting from Syracuse, N.Y., called the evening “a fitting end to an era for a storied … Continue reading After the Mardi Gras – Boise’s Gone From Five Ballrooms to None →
Musicians are noted for their generosity. Examples abound of musicians both famous and little known giving gifts both large and small. Big names from Taylor Swift and Elton John to Rihanna and Willie Nelson have donated millions to charities. A former bandmate of mine spent thousands to have a custom made guitar built … Continue reading Duo to Perform at Sapphire Room, Tell Story of Life-Saving ‘Big Give’ →
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