Byline: By JOHN BOS

In one of several responses to my recent My Turn, “Where is the Fire Department,” I received some pithy advice from one correspondent. He suggested...

Where is the fire department?

10/19/19

“It is often very difficult to make up one’s mind. The difficulty may be due to the complexities of the issues involved, or to the limited number...

“So I didn’t stand up. And I didn’t ask why.” These lyrics by Mike Stern from his song “Stand Up,” hit me like a ton of bricks on Aug. 9. They were...

How big is a trillion?

8/15/19

Have you even wondered just how big a trillion is? One trillion is a thousand billions, or equivalently, a million millions.If you lived to be 80...

I had the same experience that Daniel Brown wrote about in his July 11 My Turn essay “Americans flirt with ‘Nazism-Lite’” in which he describes the...

“How far,” he asked me, “is it from here to the French King Bridge?” Wallace (that was not his real name) was sitting, as I usually found him on...

The first words that Patten Hill resident/writer/hiker/gardener Claire Blatchford writes in her latest book – “Rolling With The Waves” – are these:...

Here’s an indisputable fact; we have a narcissistic authoritarian as president who has brought us – all of us – to a moment of reckoning about the...

Looking back on my early theater career, I realize now that Carol Channing was the first in a line of “great ladies” I would get to meet. The sad...

We don’t like change

9/8/18

We don’t like change … even though change is inevitable. Sometimes it takes a 2-by-4 up alongside the head to get our attention. And then we “see...

My Turn: Is it already too late?

6/27/18

Optimism about the future is wishful thinking… Most of us are familiar with the cartoon figure carrying a sign proclaiming “The end is near” and...

In her last ever book “No Time to Spare,” Ursula Le Guin writes that if someone asked her if she believed in evolution, she would answer “No.” As a...

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