Monthly Archives: December 2014

A device in every cabinet

The book “Machines” in the Life Science Library cited experts who predicted in 1964 that in 10 years the average American home would have more than 75 “separate and distinct electrical appliances.” Looking around my kitchen after reading that statement … Continue reading

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Doing an injustice to Moliere

I made my acting debut in my senior year at Hoover High School, recruited for my gender. I was the only guy in French Club. I use the word “acting” loosely as it applies to my reciting of lines. Being … Continue reading

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I’m not OK with OK

Published July 18, 2006 Every time I play my mandolin, I’m enchanted with its rich, ringing tone. It’s a superb instrument, eclipsing instruments thrice its price. Although I never tire of its sound, I tire of repeating myself when lauding … Continue reading

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Guidebooks for the English explorer

Published May 17, 2005 Ten books capture the world of words. They are the compass, cook stove and Swiss Army knife of every writing expedition, guiding the writer through the English forest. 1) Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, is the … Continue reading

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Hot pretzels and weekend relaxation

Published March 23, 2004 (I’ve since cut back drastically on salt and white flour, and I miss pretzels most of all.) When I was in junior high school, Mellett Mall was the first mall in the Canton area, an exciting … Continue reading

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More than just a holiday

Published: July 6, 2004 The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson and edited by a committee composed of Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston, was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. … Continue reading

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The adventure is just beginning

Published April 3, 2007 Mike Patterson’s office — or, correctly, the office formerly belonging to Mike Patterson — has the look of a college dorm in June. Empty nails stuck in bare beige walls and a denuded desktop attest to … Continue reading

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