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Marion Franck

His kind of lemon doesn’t easily make lemonade

My father, who was usually a polite and kind person, showed a strange other side at Christmas. The family would be sitting around the Christmas tree in our warm living room in the suburbs of New York. My dad would be opening his gifts when suddenly he would frown, drop an item back into the […]

December 16, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Something is changing, and not just the climate

You know the feeling you get sometimes that your relationship with someone is changing? You’re not getting along as smoothly as before, or you’re getting along better, but you’re not sure why. You notice things you didn’t notice before. You behave differently, too. That’s happening with the weather and me. Take last weekend. My husband […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Hoping for a holiday miracle at Curves

I’m not one of the women who has an astounding story from Curves West Davis. I haven’t lost 50 pounds, as some have, nor do I have high blood pressure that dropped or medications I don’t need anymore. I go for exercise and that’s what I get. But I also get something I didn’t expect: […]

December 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Between Friends: Input from academia tweaks the election

A tiny detail 24 paragraphs into a New York Times article on campaign strategy got me nodding my head. “Academic ‘Dream Team’ Helped Obama’s Effort” by Benedict Carey revealed some of the advice from academic social scientists that helped Obama find new, supportive voters. How do you get people to do things they haven’t done […]

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

My role model is no bigger than my thumb

When I go to our place in the country, one of the first things I do is hang up our bird feeders. Minutes later the birds zoom in, like customers who’ve memorized the hours of their favorite ice cream store. I arrive. The birds come. What could go wrong? The hummingbirds are among the most […]

November 18, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

We’re gonna be so smart by the time we die

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This column has been slightly edited since it first ran in January 2002. I sure feel smart sometimes. That goes for my husband, too. For example, lately we’ve been celebrating our decision to buy land in Coloma, and we’re getting serious about plans to build a […]

November 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

His missteps remind me of my own

We all have things that we learn late, sometimes too late to rectify. For example, Babette, when you had the very first baby in our crowd, I should have sent a gift. At the least, I should have called you. Having that child was the most important moment in your life, and I didn’t even […]

November 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Got a book inside you? Here’s what you can do

“My goal,” says new author Dick Linford, “is to sell a minimum of 2,000 copies.” “Why that number?” I ask. “I have no idea.” Thirty-five years ago I worked for Dick as a river guide, and I’m happy to be one of his 2,000 purchasers. His book, “Halfway to Halfway,” co-authored with fellow raft company […]

October 28, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Key moments float right by me

When it comes to debates, the sad fact is that I need pundits to see what I saw. Worse yet, I need commentators to tell me what I felt. Debates show me that I go through life missing things that are right in front of my eyes. Here’s an example from last Tuesday’s presidential debate. […]

October 21, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The 25-year marker seems especially big

It’s Tuesday, Oct. 9, and I’m leaving my guitar lesson feeling good. We tried some new stuff, my teacher and I, and I didn’t sound terrible. Now I drive to Slide Hill Park. As I pull into the parking lot, I’m reminded that summer is over. The pools are empty, and the parking lot holds […]

October 14, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Another tech decision becomes very difficult

How can I consider giving up something that has had romantic connections for almost 40 years? And yet, why keep a device that brings me disappointment every single day? My home telephone used to be the source of my favorite phone calls: a long chat with a girlfriend, a catch-up call with my son or […]

October 07, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Big Island is a study in contrasts

Before we flew to the Big Island for my nephew’s wedding, I had never been there, but I thought I knew what to expect. From my visits to other islands 25 years ago, I remembered Hawaii as beautiful and exotic with warm seas, nodding palm trees, fascinating volcano hikes and a tropical climate that includes […]

September 30, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Personal history lives on at Angel Island

I like going places with my daughter the historian because she raises questions I don’t think of. It happened again two weeks ago when she flew out to California for the dedication of a plaque on Angel Island honoring her grandfather. First, some background. During its years of operation, 1910-1940, the Angel Island Immigration Station […]

September 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I couldn’t believe it, but vacation isn’t all good

* Editor’s note: This column first appeared in September 2005. I thought I understood the concept of a vacation, especially a vacation from writing this column. The pressure of producing something new every week was getting to me, I longed for a break from routine, and I thought vacation would fix me up just fine. […]

September 16, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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