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Bruce Gallaudet

It takes all the senses to get the full impression

You learn a lot about your travels after you get home. Friends ask questions and, in answering, you discover what was important from your trip. This happened to me after my husband and I returned from our cruise in the eastern Mediterranean. Today I narrow down my experiences to one sight, one sound and one […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Traveling from boat to boat to see the world

In the world of cruising, there are normal passengers and there are superstars. The superstars are people who have taken many cruises with the same company. They get perks and recognition. They puzzle and amaze me. Shortly after my husband and I boarded a 300-passenger cruise ship, the Silver Wind, the cruise director enthusiastically announced […]

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Should the Greeks take their marbles home?

I just returned from a part of the world where wars abound, and I find I want to join one, a cultural war. This all began when my husband got the travel bug and suggested a cruise in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean seas. Before you could say “global hot spot” we signed up for […]

April 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Mix, stir and repeat

What are the ingredients of a good day? This is the question I asked myself last night when I realized I’d had a good day, the kind of day when life feels rich, but couldn’t say why. I am lucky to enjoy many good days, but most of the ones I immediately label as “good” […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

This folder of correspondence strikes to the heart

* Marion is taking the day off. This column has been slightly edited since it first appeared in 2006. This column contains a warning, although I don’t know exactly what my advice to you should be. Maybe I just need to recount what happened five days after my dad’s death, and if I omit some […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Many of us have discretely joined a new tribe

There’s a tribe that people over 50 belong to and I’m not talking about AARP. This tribe has secrets. It has rites. It has rules. It has suggestions that get passed from one member to another. It has advice that doesn’t make sense to outsiders. “Chill it, it will taste better.” “Swallow fast.” “Drink through […]

March 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A young performer nails poetry out loud

Recently, I had the pleasure of being the first person in the world to interview Corbin Gomez. I have a feeling I won’t be the last. Last month, Corbin won the Poetry Out Loud contest in El Dorado County. In order to do so, he had to compete against first-place finishers from eight other high […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Ten thousand hours seem like only yesterday

Every now and then something I read in a book — something that doesn’t seem to apply to me at all — turns out later to be true. Here’s the story of my latest discovery, beginning with the math. I started writing this column in March 1996, alternating weeks with former Davis resident Stephanie Szmyd. […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

For good or ill, our parents leave a road map

I write this on my mother’s birthday — although I may not publish it right away. If she were alive, she would be 99 years old this year. She wouldn’t have wanted to live that long. A Christian and a believer, she expected to be reunited with loved ones after she died. I’m sure that […]

March 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

When should grief be treated by doctors and drugs?

I begin with a sample story of grief. “Jane” is 40 years old, working part-time and parenting two young children, when her mother, who lives across the country, suddenly enters the hospital. Jane can’t sleep. She can barely think straight. She flies out to visit but can only stay a week because of her kids. […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What’s it like to get noticed by the big boys?

This column is entirely my idea. Davis resident Janice Bridge, who recently experienced more than 15 minutes of fame in this newspaper and elsewhere, would have been happy for me not to write it, but I was too darn curious. What’s it like to be featured in the New York Times? How does the Times […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I swear, it’s time to throw this stuff out

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the day off. This column has been slightly edited since it first appeared in December 2000. You want to know what I’m sick and tired of? The junk in this house. Here’s what’s happening right now. My husband and I decided to paint our daughter’s bedroom and let our […]

February 12, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Can I paddle my way to meditation?

A psychologist friend proposed a different definition of meditation that has my gears whirring like a GPS trying to “recalculate.” I’ve always had a respect bordering on awe for people who can meditate, but here’s what my friend said. “If you’re fully involved in something, active, paying attention only to that, you’re meditating. You don’t […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I urged change but didn’t expect this much

This might be the last time I can write about the man I call “Larry.” He may become too well-known for me to be sure that I can preserve his anonymity. I first wrote about Larry in 2005. He was the home health aide on duty when my dad died in New York City, and […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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