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 By Michael Gold    Opinion 

International safeguards | Off Kilter

Having traveled and lived all over the world, I thought it would be interesting to look at how others outside the U.S. take care (or don’t) of their individual person. Let’s... — Updated 12/2/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The great debate | Off Kilter

Well, I’m certain, no matter which side you’re rooting for, that the great presidential debate of this political season was a massive underwhelming and disappointing event. I... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Longevity | Off Kilter

A local guy that used to play tennis with us passed away last month. He had reached the age of 100. In fact, he played tennis until he was in his early 90s. (Automatically becoming... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

It never ends | Off Kilter

We all have our daily chores to do. I am always joking with my wife about whether doing our daily chores actually accomplishes something – or whether it is an exercise in... — Updated 11/5/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Linda Ronstadt and other big star recording artists | Off Kilter

Linda Ronstadt was admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 – about 20 years after she was eligible. Frankly, to me, this was an outrage. I think she should have been... — Updated 10/28/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Fishing season | Off Kilter

This morning, and on a half dozen other days, we saw several hundred small boats moored just offshore near our house. They were, obviously, fishing. The boats appeared to be... — Updated 10/14/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The insanity of gas pricing | Off Kilter

There are a lot of things that make perfect sense, economically. Likewise, there are a lot of things that do not. I got to thinking about this earlier this week as I read about... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Jerry Seinfeld is back, with a new show | Off Kilter

Jerry Seinfeld has been producing (and starring) in a “made for streaming” television program called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” on Netflix. As if Seinfeld needed... — Updated 9/9/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Home tools and appliances | Off Kilter

This column will firmly establish me as a curmudgeon. Why? Because I’m going to complain about all the laborsaving devices we have in and around our homes. Let’s start with the... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Golf again! Hooray! | Off-Kilter

May 6 was the second day of the re-opening of our Washington state golf courses. So of course, two of us ventured out to play 18 holes. First mistake, if you are going out for the... — Updated 8/12/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Graduation season | Off Kilter

OK, we’ve now entered the “graduation season.” That is the time when all parents and grandparents are subjected to the most inane boring never-ending speeches done by grammar... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

People are funny | Off Kilter

There was a TV show, which starred Art Linkletter called "People are Funny." It is still around in syndication (but you have to search for it on the more obscure cable channels at... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Insanity | Off Kilter

The number of columns I have written is not really so interesting, but the things I’ve seen and heard while I’ve been writing newspaper columns really have, on occasion,... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Stir crazy | Off Kilter

Okay, so how are we all managing with this coronavirus lock-down? For this family, rather well. My wife returned from Fred Meyer the other day with (wait for it!) toilet paper!... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The meaning of folk music | Off Kilter

I’ve written about music before. This week I thought I’d look into folk music. Sometimes folk music was music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music... — Updated 5/26/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Another new decade | Off Kilter

Well, far be it from me to rain on our parade, but I must point out that 2020 really isn’t the start of the next decade, at least not yet. My reasoning? It’s simple math (math... — Updated 5/19/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

What to do as you are hunkering down at home | Off Kilter

OK, so we’re all spending lots of time at home – Working from home, schooling online at home, ordering from Amazon Prime at home. So I thought I’d make some suggestions, as th... — Updated 5/13/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Reading and writing | Off Kilter

I got to thinking about just how much the written word means to us all. Just think, you can read up on just about any subject you wish. This is so enlightening. And best of all,... — Updated 5/10/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Being a consummate New Yorker | Off Kilter

This column is about being a consummate New Yorker. Now there is nothing more “consummate” in being a New Yorker than Times Square. Let’s start with the physical manifestation... — Updated 5/7/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Snow shutdowns | Off Kilter

Two winters ago, we had over 5 inches of snow (down on the Sound in Edmonds, where we now live) and very cold temperatures around here for a few days. Mill Creek got over 7 inches.... — Updated 5/5/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

One man's take on the future | Off Kilter

It’s quite easy to make predictions about the future. After all, no one can prove you’re wrong if you adopt a very long-term outlook – say a couple of centuries. Never the... — Updated 5/5/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Finger lickin' good | Off Kilter

We live in a world surrounded by “fast food”. I always like to refer back to my favorite TV series, Seinfeld. Larry David, the genius behind the program wrote an episode called... — Updated 4/22/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Ode to Joy

Beethoven composed his 9th Symphony (based upon a poem called Ode to Joy by Frederic Schiller) when he was in his late forties. Of course, at that time he had already gone... — Updated 4/8/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter: Frozen ponds and ice skating rinks

For those of you who have lived in the northeast, we have a rich tradition of ice skating on frozen ponds, lakes, etc. in winter. Unlike greater Seattle, which rarely gets a cold... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose

Every once in awhile, the song done by Janis Joplin as well as Kris Kristofferson (who wrote the song) pops into my head. The actual song title is “Me and Bobby McGee.” While... — Updated 3/18/2020 Full story

 

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