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Dear Bob

Last October, as I noted recently, I lost a dear friend of more than twenty years, Bob Burkhart, to cardiac disease. Unlike the tragic deaths of other friends, it was unexpected. Except, in a way, it wasn’t. Dear Bob, I … Continue reading

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The Downside of Happiness

Photo courtesy NOLA Doughnuts As my most recent post explained, we have fallen in love with Oregon. However … to be as transparent as possible, there is a downside. We fell in love with our house in large part because … Continue reading

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On Becoming An Oregonian

As we’ve sent out our holiday letters, some friends have been surprised that we’ve left California for Oregon. One said, “I was under the impression that once someone got to California, they never left” – as if being born there, … Continue reading

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A Christmas Memory

(with apologies to Truman Capote, who I think would have understood) Every year around this time, one of our friends cheerfully asks us to recount our favorite Christmas memory. Every year around this time, we have to remind her that … Continue reading

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The Four Things That Are Really Wrong With Love, Actually

Here in the midst of the first post-Me, Too holiday season, there has been an Internet meme about the inappropriateness of Andrew Lincoln’s holiday caroling scene with Keira Knightley in Love, Actually. This meme may actually have been started by … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley: Describing the Indescribable

A couple of weeks ago, I was in New York City for a conference, and a local author, hearing where I lived, asked me to describe Silicon Valley. At first, I wasn’t sure how to respond. In writing about technology … Continue reading

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A Moving Experience

As the weeks count down toward our move north to Oregon, I am faced with an unanswerable question: why in the hell did we spend so much money on so much stuff that we’re now spending so much time trying … Continue reading

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