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Stranger in a stranger land

For me, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” is familiar territory that looks, well, unfamiliar. At first, anyway. The show, released just last month, felt like going home to the odd township that’s made up of the type of stories I love the most. But watching it also reminded me I hadn’t paid a visit for some time. [...]

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I have a new hero; she’s nine

When she’s of the appropriate age and comprehension, I’m going to tell my daughter about Hilde Kate Lysiak. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard about her. Yet. In 15 years you should probably feel bad. Or disconnected. Something. Point is, she’ll be a household name and you’ll be behind if you aren’t familiar with [...]

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A tale of two Superbowls

Two years ago, I glared at my friend’s expensive TV and imagined hurling knives and bricks and live grenades through the screen. I can explain. I’d just watched the first play of Super Bowl 48: the Denver Broncos’ mistimed snap that resulted in the ball sailing over the head of a wide-eyed, unprepared Peyton Manning [...]

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For Christa

Thirty years ago, my mom wept for a woman she had never met but admired fiercely. The tears were delayed. Shock came first, that sudden and utter onslaught of disbelief over something horrific that’s occurred that somehow makes the world move in slow motion. The woman, Christa McAuliffe, was a teacher on a star trek. [...]

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My ‘Star Wars’ isn’t ‘Star Wars’

My buddy recalls being 5 with crystalline clarity. One day, anyway; a two-hours-and-change period that’s burned into his brain. “You remember that day?” I ask him on the phone. “Oh yeah,” he says. “Yeah.” Even over the phone I can hear gears clicking in his head as he drifts back in time almost 40 years [...]

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Sentimental reunion

I keep crossing paths with her. She’s a hellcat; 70 years young and doesn’t look a day over 30. Elegant and sleek. Men and women are drawn to her. Her honesty is refreshing; she lets people right in. No secrets. An open book. Her dreams: big. You could say she’s got her head in the [...]

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In ‘N Out reminds me of a dark, betrayal-ridden time

I was a sophomore in college the first time I was abandoned by people I trusted.   It was a Saturday in Ashland. I came out of my bedroom to an empty house. The house was 78 N. Mountain St., a pleasant 10-minute walk from Southern Oregon University’s campus. Four other guys lived there. I [...]

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Origin Story: First meetings and lack of warning labels

Dear Bethany, I want to tell you about two memories I have of you. One I treasure. The other is a cautionary tale. We’ll start with the treasured bit, open this on a positive note. Ice & fire  Almost a year ago, quite unexpectedly, I froze. The icy blast was momentary and swift, that space [...]

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Pop quiz: Why do people keep sending me shark videos?

Pop quiz! Great white sharks: a) Can reach speeds of 25 mph b) Can grow up to 20+ feet in size c) Have a bite force of close to two tons d) All of the above.   It’s d. Congratulations to those who passed. The rest of you get out. I’m not kidding, get out. [...]

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Team Pluto

Here’s a distance to consider: 7,750 miles. That’s almost 300 marathons. About nine round trips from between Medford and Seattle. Just over 31 percent of the Earth’s total circumference. (I was Googling A LOT this morning.) It’s also how close an earthling spacecraft came to Pluto this morning; a stone’s throw in space terms, “just [...]

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