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 By Michael Gold    Opinion 

Outdoor sports in New York City | Off Kilter

One of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the availability of outdoor sports. That plus our temperate climate allows us to participate in a wide range of... — Updated 5/25/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Growing up in New York City | Off Kilter

From the Beatles song: “There are places I remember.” Well, among them are growing up in New York City. Certain things about growing up there are inherently different than... — Updated 5/18/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The stock market and other facts of life | Off Kilter

OK, don’t panic. Yeah, we are in the middle of a stock market correction. It may drop as low as 20% off its high from last year. Top rule of investing is: Buy low, sell high. And... — Updated 5/11/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Things about songs you probably didn't know | Off Kilter

If you’ve read any of my older columns, then you probably recall my strong interest in music. I find it one of the things that really makes life truly wonderful. Music, as an art... — Updated 5/4/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The pickleball phenomenon | Off Kilter

I’m certain many of you are waiting with bated breath (as an aside, I’ve never in all my years met anyone who had bated breath – or even bad breath!) to get some... — Updated 4/27/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Life goes on | Off Kilter

OK, another Monday morning. In the TV show “Seinfeld,” the great character Newman (played by Wayne Knight) talks about the “feeling” of the days of the week. He says:... — Updated 4/20/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Figures of speech | Off Kilter

I am one of those people who like to study language. Language, including idioms, says so much about one’s country and culture. Take English, for example. It is one of the most... — Updated 4/13/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Eagles and nobility | Off Kilter

We have a small family of eagles living in the woods behind our house. Almost every day they come down to the pilings on the water in front of us to fish. I got to thinking about... — Updated 4/6/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Another New Year | Off Kilter

Today still being early in the year 2022, I thought I’d take a look forward. I will do that later on in this column, but first I thought it appropriate to pay homage to those we... — Updated 3/30/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

A tongue-in-cheek look at why we are here | Off Kilter

OK, we’ve all wondered, I’m certain, many times why we’re here. So here are my thoughts. - We are a cosmic joke: When you look at two of the greatest minds that have ever... — Updated 3/23/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

It's Darwinian | Off Kilter

When Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands – off the coast of Ecuador in South America – it was to observe natural life and how it evolved in its own unique and isolated... — Updated 3/16/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

A look back and forward | Off Kilter

Over the weekend, I got to thinking about our lives. Our daughter took me to a Kraken home hockey game. They played the Boston Bruins – which was actually our “home team” for... — Updated 3/9/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Tenacity and persistence | Off Kilter

Tenacity and persistence – these two qualities are among my favorites. And there is a difference to me between how these personal attributes are “applied” on the east coast... — Updated 3/2/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Tenacity and persistence | Off Kilter

Tenacity and persistence – these two qualities are among my favorites. And there is a difference to me between how these personal attributes are “applied” on the east coast... — Updated 2/24/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Playing hooky | Off Kilter

I can’t say with any definitive expertise about playing hooky on the west coast. I can speak with some authority about the game on the east coast. To wit: Playing hooky is the... — Updated 2/16/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Another year | Off Kilter

As I get older, it just seems the years go by faster. I was talking with one of my granddaughters about this. She pointed out to me (smart girl!) that when you’re 15 or so, one... — Updated 2/9/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The past | Off Kilter

(die Vergangenheit, le passé, el pasado, Az elmúlt – double points if you know what language this is – hint – it is related to Genghis Khan and his travels – see answer be... — Updated 2/2/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Spring in New York: Ah, the sweet stench of spring in Manhattan! | Off Kilter

I had the opportunity to visit my hometown last spring. It only took a few minutes to realize why I took off for parts unknown as soon as I was able. (For me, it was age 16, when I... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Career choices | Off Kilter

I was thinking the other day about my work on my eighth startup. Now, most of you reading this probably have not started up a company from scratch. Let me assure you that it is not... — Updated 1/21/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Language – can get you into trouble! | Off Kilter

Over my years of travel – around the United States and abroad, I have managed to get myself into trouble on innumerable occasions. The problem is that language – even in the... — Updated 1/12/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Buying a new car | Off Kilter

I'm certain that many of you regard purchasing a new car as one step worse than a root canal. Count me in that group. The problem starts with the economic system behind new car deal... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

What's there to laugh about? | Off Kilter

Now I’m the type of person who always tries to see the “upside” of a situation. This goes way beyond being a “glass half full” type. It really goes back to how one is... — Updated 12/28/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Friendships – East Coast vs. West Coast | Off Kilter

I was thinking of one of my best friends the other day. I began to think about the differences, if any, between a West Coast vs. East Coast friendship. As I am originally an East... — Updated 12/21/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Anticipation | Off Kilter

I’m sure we all remember as kids the night before Christmas. There is that unbridled joy and expectation when you go to sleep on Dec. 24. As I was an only child, I did not have... — Updated 12/16/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Music and musicians | Off Kilter

OK, first I need to say that my father was a professional musician (piano). Why is that important? Because musicians, at least several dozen I met or worked with over the years,... — Updated 12/8/2021

 

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