Monthly Archives: May 2011

Closing The Kimono

It’s no secret that Silicon Valley, the land of my birth and livelihood, is a man’s world. According to a 2011 report from the National Science Foundation, 74 percent of U.S. engineers are men. According to a 2007 survey by … Continue reading

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De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum

From the Latin, meaning “there’s no accounting for taste.” This came to mind as I was reading the new memoir, Dick Van Dyke: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. In the introduction, Van Dyke referred to spending … Continue reading

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How To Ruin A Perfectly Good Rant

In my ongoing journey of aggravation and crankiness, there are always a few easy milestones: technology, bad drivers, bureaucracies, and corporations. I’ve had much fun complaining about airlines and banks. The only problem is when they don’t cooperate. They do this … Continue reading

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Car Talk

When I wrote a few months ago about the pleasure and strong memories evoked by long drives, several readers responded with memories of their first cars. (They were all male, I should note.) What is it about a first car? … Continue reading

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Midnight’s Shadow

Not long after we moved into this house seven years ago, we noticed a scruffy black cat hanging around the cul-de-sac. It was leery of people, but seemed to be well-fed. We assumed it belonged to one of the neighbors … Continue reading

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