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Fables of the Deconstruction

It’s only life

George Carlin had a bit in his 10th HBO special (“40 Years in Comedy,” 1997) where he recounted his experiences as a pet owner.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Trayvon Martin is dead; the GOP isn’t

Let me say at the outset that this column only tangentially relates to Trayvon Martin. So much has been written about his case that there’s little left to say.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Visions of a celebrity city

“To be famous, you really have to know who you are, because you’re getting this barrage of mislabeling and stuff coming at you,” singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell recently told inte

Summary of My Discontent

Summer safety tips

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to review some safety tips that can help you have a healthy and carefree summer.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Write your own obit

I was already agonized, de-cluttering my living space, when I learned that friends were mourning the unofficial death of Burrell Farnsley.

Fables of the Deconstruction

That joke isn’t funny anymore

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Will. Isn’t he great? Don’t you just love seeing seasoned semi-professionals at these open-mic events?

Summary of My Discontent

My war with the squirrels

When I heard my wife call out, “Wow, your German Johnson grew three inches overnight,” it took me a couple of seconds to process the news.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Therapeutic music

Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile’s earliest musical memory is listening to “The Girl from Ipanema” in a diaper.

Fables of the Deconstruction

California dreaming

A couple weeks ago, I told you about a video I had seen at a year-end gathering of the Media Club at Bloom Elementary.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Black professors respond to speech

Dear Readers: This month’s column is based on an open letter sent to President Barack Obama by six African-American professors (including myself) immediately following Obama’s commen