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Moving day for Gov. Sandoval
Moving sucks! Actually, the latest move that my husband and I undertook was a more joyful one then the string of “rental moves” I’ve endured through the years. This move was into our first home together. As joyful as this move was for us, it still lacked the magical appearance of a “Star Trek” transporter device — something I’ve desperately longed for during every single move to instantly relocate all my belongings from point A to point B. In ...
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Whodunnit? The recession
Pass the buck — we’ve all done it. There is not one among us who hasn’t been responsible for something and tried to blame someone or something else. It’s human nature. The game of buck passing is easier when the recipient is not a person. The dog is often an obvious culprit, or perhaps aliens. Sadly, a lot of things in the last few years have been attributable to the recession: unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcies, business closures, etc. ...
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TV Cum Laude
It was the spring semester of 1963 when I broke the last tenuous string with academic studies and embarked on the long adventure that is life in the real world. Until then I — and most of my generation of white, middle-class children of the baby boom — had been hanging about on campus, sampling a variety of classes in the intellectual cafeteria at the universities of the day. Berkeley, Boulder, Anne Arbor and Cambridge all produced a generatio...
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Billy brawl
Sen. Bill Raggio is neither God nor dead. From all the fawning statements statewide, a visitor from Mars would assume either or both. The longtime state senator and former district attorney is a fine gentleman with a great sense of humor. I still have the handwritten letter of condolence he sent after my wife passed away. But the personal must be separated from the professional. At the very least, the record must be set straight. Since newspap...
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Death Valley’s Opera House
A sagebrush Shake-speare would have penned sonnets or even a play about Death Valley diva Marta Becket. This amazing woman, born in 1924, first set eyes on the care-worn buildings of Death Valley Junction in 1967 and somehow was inspired by the artistic possibilities. Such was the beginning of the incredible true story of the Amargosa Opera House. Through the years, Becket was the subject of feature stories in national newspapers and magazines...
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Audubon Stars at Museum
The Nevada Museum of Art has been turned over to the birds the last two months. But not any birds. Audubon birds. Audubon: the most famous name in bird lore. The Reno exhibit, ending Feb. 13, features 50 life-sized Audubon watercolors from the first edition of the New York Historical Society collection. The painting on the cover of the NMA booklet for the show is the flaming red American flamingo. It is elegant and graceful with its curling, S...
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Typing on a tightrope
Although the literal art of tightrope walking is not such a popular sport, except for among circus folk, I feel like my friends and I walk one every day. Oddly enough, I also feel like we’ve joined a circus in which we balance on a thin wire between following socially acceptable norms in a technology-driven society and slipping into the gray area between anonymity and overexposure.
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Time, space, awareness and reality
For many years, before the midnight celebration of New Year’s Eve begins, I have had dinner at a friend’s home. While the adults are gathered around the bar discussing politics, jobs, unemployment, immigration and taxes, I generally gravitate towards the children’s side of the family room. At my age, I think I learn more from children than I do from listening to adults who seem to know everything about nothing. This year, I noticed the childre...
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Know when it’s too much
A week ago the National Football League decided to postpone the Sunday night football game until Tuesday because of the heavy snowfall the Philadelphia area had experienced. Pennsylvania’s governor chided the powers that be in deciding to postpone the game as being a bunch of “wusses.” He asserted that “real men” could, and in fact should, play in any weather condition. Every football game is overflowing with enough testosterone to float many ...
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The Lady in the Red Dress
Out west lives an eccentric old lady. Sometimes you can glance at her and see flashes of what she was when she was young and unspoiled, wild and free. But there is an old sadness in her eyes. Men came and violated her one night more than a hundred years ago. The fear is still there. Once in awhile, she still walks the streets of Washington, D.C., and, occasionally, she still gets invited in — but only to be used again. The old lady has little ...
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Letter to the editor
Dear Editor, The economic and quality of life degradation in this county is a result primarily of a drug-induced type bringing of new density increases and subsidized sprawl type growth, that did not pay its own way, engaged in for well over a decade by all three political subdivisions in this county. Elected officials have been engaged in an economic and social rape, pillaging and pilfering of this county and its citizens for years. All to fe...
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Gays Win Great Victory
“Sometimes — there’s God.” — Tennessee Williams in “A Streetcar Named Desire” The lame-duck session of Congress was expected to be just that: lame. But--astonishingly!--it produced historic legislation: abolishment of gay and lesbian discrimination in the armed forces. Congress overturned the heinous policy of don’t ask-don’t tell (DADT). The Senate and House voted overwhelmingly for tolerance, fairness, dignity and decency. And President Obam...
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Ask not what Nevada can do for you
The inaugural words of John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” inspired a generation of Americans like myself. Urging us not to be dependent upon, but to go beyond what government could do, JFK challenged each of us to rekindle the founding spirit of self-reliance that created a nation like no other in history. That wintery day 50 years ago, America’s youngest president stood shivering...
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Time changes everything
Instant breakfast, instant coffee, instant gratification, Americas are in a hurry, perhaps from sub conscious awareness that we are all running out of time. Butterflies live a full life in just a few days. Turtles may live more than a hundred years, but they dance at slow time. Old growth Redwoods and Sequoia last a millennium, which is still childhood to the Bristle Cone Pine. All of which reminds me that long range planning and action are th...
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Life’s too temporary for permanency
To start off 2011 right, I helped some friends unload a moving truck at a new house in Reno. They moved here from Carson City to finish college and start the rest of their lives. It was fitting, I thought, to spend the very first day of the year in an environment of hope and change. Mother Nature, though, was making it interesting for them. As I write this at 9 a.m. Saturday, several hours before the appointed moving hour, those friends are dr...
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Boehner’s tears: Shower time in the White House?
By this time next week, most everyone will have had their fill of silent night, peace on earth and good will towards man. Hangovers from New Year’s Eve celebrations and buyer’s remorse will steer us back to the mundane world of reality.
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Generational religion gaps
“Well of course everyone in church knew it wouldn’t work because he’s Catholic and she’s Baptist.”
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Wounds still healing with time
As the year 2010 comes to a close it’s only natural to look back at the past with remembrance. For some reason, my memory has taken me back to December 1970.
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Madhouse of irreconcilable differences
A distinguished author once noted that good stories involve the conflict between people. If you look for the meaning of life, that’s as good as any. If what matters is not the destination but the journey, then conflict serves as the learning tool. So in this season of peace on earth (which has almost never existed) to those of good will, herewith are harsh lessons of irreconcilable conflict. First, the easy ones: Is an early-term embryo in the...
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Oh, thank heaven for 2011
Sitting in the newsroom on Saturday afternoons is always quiet but especially on Christmas Day. The police haven’t reported any exciting activity and though a lot of people are out and about there doesn’t seem to be any unusual excitement. Except for those who got exactly what they wanted from Santa. My Christmas has been very pleasant, especially since my staff did a lot of today’s work for me on Christmas Eve. My duty today is to keep an eye...
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