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 By Michael Gold    Opinion 

Language: Can't talk without it; can't understand anything with it | Off Kilter

OK, today I’m going to “channel” that great American comedy resource, Dave Barry. He is a national treasure. From time to time, he wrote a column (his “home” newspaper is... — Updated 9/21/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The Queen and the monarchy | Off Kilter

OK, you would have to have been unconscious for the past week to not know that the Queen of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96. This followed the... — Updated 9/14/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Are you safe? | Off Kilter

We’re all concerned as to whether we are safe. Safe in our homes, safe going to the store, safe going out in public. Let me address this. There are almost 8 billion people in the... — Updated 9/7/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Coincidence | Off Kilter

I got to thinking about coincidences the other day. It was precipitated by a couple of seemingly random events. The first event was a medical diagnosis I had received from my... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The Creative Process | Off Kilter

In case any of you wonder how I write this column each week, I will write a bit about the creative process. See this process applies to just about anything a human is attempting to... — Updated 8/24/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

People, all types of people

For this week’s column I thought I’d write about the “general” types of people one comes into contact with during a lifetime. I always think of the famous Barbra Streisand... — Updated 8/17/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Psychobabble | Off Kilter

I guess I’ve been interested in psychology ever since I took a basic course as an undergraduate. Over the years, I’ve both read and experienced firsthand, the science of... — Updated 8/3/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Simply a matter of programming (SMOPS) | Off Kilter

A fellow entrepreneur friend of mine, who founded two companies in the same industry as the one I worked in (providing computer systems for publishing companies), used to say this... — Updated 7/27/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Everything eventually comes to an end | Off Kilter

As a New Englander, I had been rooting for the New England Patriots ever since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick assumed control of the team. I had a very slight acquaintance with owner... — Updated 7/20/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

It's summer – yay! | Off Kilter

Great news. It’s officially summer. You know that time of the year in the Pacific Northwest when we actually get more than one day in a row without rain. Here are some of the... — Updated 7/13/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The need for content | Off Kilter

The fact that you’re reading this column says that you are interested in content. I was thinking the other day about the past – long before modern communications technology... — Updated 7/6/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Snohomish County living | Off Kilter

As this newspaper is about a Snohomish County town, this week I thought I’d write about my recollections of living here for (now) 16 years. First, Mill Creek, where we first... — Updated 6/29/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Customer service hell | Off Kilter

OK, this week I thought I’d write about a subject we are all familiar with. I call it customer service hell. Let’s start with call centers. God help you if you have to call any... — Updated 6/22/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Highway 99 – and other colorful local stuff | Off Kilter

We’ve all, no doubt, seen “interesting” things along Highway 99 – Aurora Avenue, Evergreen Way, and probably another half dozen (some unprintable) of its names. By... — Updated 6/15/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Colors | Off Kilter

Most of us are not aware of how deeply ingrained in our daily lives and society colors are. For example, have you ever been “green with envy?” I’m not certain, but I think... — Updated 6/8/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

War – what is it good for? | Off Kilter

A great episode of "Seinfeld" has Elaine being asked to host a famous Russian author in New York. Her publishing company is handling his new book. As they are tooling around in a... — Updated 6/1/2022

 
 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

 

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