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Natural evolution

In the over 4 billion years of the age of the Earth, many species have evolved. But almost as many have disappeared from existence. In fact, over 99% of the species that have ever existed on Earth …

On being hacked

About a month ago, I discovered that somehow I had been hacked on my home computer. Now I have a highly recommended anti-virus program for which I pay an annual fee. In addition, I have a contract …

Fireworks fizzle, safety sizzles: Mukilteo's ban for brighter nights

The upcoming Independence Day holiday brings with it the excitement of celebration and the age-old tradition of fireworks displays. However, in Mukilteo ordinance (MMC 8.04.020) prohibits the sale, …

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 song …

Grandparents

Hopefully, most of those reading this can recall their grandparents. The other day I was reflecting on one of Woody Allen’s constant themes. It is present in every one of his movies – …

Riding the subway

If there is one thing that a consummate New Yorker takes in stride, while most residents in the rest of the world would simply freak out, it’s riding the New York subway. Let’s …

What passes for food

I was thinking about our diets, both east and west coasts, as well as what others around the world eat. East Coast vs. West Coast: Food trends can start anywhere in the U.S. California comes to …

Interesting reading

I just finished re-reading a book called “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. It is one of many books about the world around us that most of us are not aware exists. I also just finished …

East Coast vs. West Coast

As the subject of this column is East Coast vs. West Coast,  I thought I’d write about some of the differences in living in each of these areas. Brooklyn: The sheer crush of humanity …

These folks are absolutely insane

OK, I’m pretty sure that about half of the readers of this particular column will not agree with me, while I think the other half will. A friend was kind enough to bring me to a Seahawks …

Being parochial

No, this column is not about the Catholic Church. It is about how we often seem to zero in on our local surroundings. In my own case, being brought up in Brooklyn, New York, until I left there …

Is thriftiness part of the Northwest culture?

Having lived in both Mill Creek for eight years and now Edmonds for 10 and also having lived in New England for many more years, I got to thinking about how these two areas are alike and are …

Wildlife in Puget Sound

As it happens, we had a landscaping service at our home today. The owner, upon completion of their work, mentioned that he saw a group of orcas swimming just off the waterfront directly in front of …

Great endings

I’m certain we all have our favorite movies and television series. Both of these media types have a common thread. They tell a story, which in all cases has an ending. Let’s take a …

Species development and extermination

I was reading about the fact that 99.9% of all species that ever existed on planet Earth have become extinct. Makes one wonder what and why species go extinct. It has always impressed me about how …

Fraternity life

A t the particular undergraduate college I attended, social life on campus was pretty much relegated to joining a fraternity. Now fraternity life at this particular school (and I’ve heard …

Things I’d rather not know

It is said the information revolution, partly fueled by the internet, social media, and media in general surrounds us with information 24/7. Over the years, including before the internet (we’ve …

The freedom of living in the United States

I was thinking the other day about just how much freedom we have living in the USA. What got me thinking about this? Simple, I happened to be driving past a very large gas station – …

How much does everything weigh?

Every time I approach a large city, especially where one has a view of the entire city – rather than just a small portion of it, I always wonder how much does everything weigh? I’m …

What kind of car did you buy?

Today, with emphasis on fuel economy, many cars are now equipped with four-cylinder engines (but turbocharged.) Our family sedan is so equipped but has almost 300 horsepower – more than the …

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