Marion Franck

Why would we ignore an adorable baby animal?

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the day off. This column first ran in 2007. Pandacam at the San Diego Zoo still operates, but this August no baby is expected from repeat parents Bai Yun and Gao Gao. Due to age and health issues, they may no longer be able to breed. I was among […]

August 17, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Up the river without a paddle, without a clue

This interloper is making me angry. I left the beach only minutes ago and before you can say “trespass” someone is walking on our land. This happens pretty often. Our river cabin is across from a campground that belongs to a rafting company. Young buck campers with time on their hands like to challenge themselves […]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

From a chance visit follow family, friends, home

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the day off. She is repeating this column — her first as an Enterprise writer in 1996 — in honor of Maggie Schimmel, who died recently at age 95. Maggie is not named in the column, but she is the grandmother who offered wise words at Patwin Elementary School. Maggie moved from Davis […]

August 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Here’s what you need for a perfect wedding

Every wedding has to go wrong in order to go right. This is something I learned late — during my own wedding — when my husband stopped speaking, put his head in his hand, and stared at the ground. He had forgotten his best man’s name. He was in the process of introducing him as “my longtime roommate and […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Little girl all grown up brings lessons from her past

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This column first ran in February 2007. To Western minds like mine, one of the great modern mysteries is the selection of the Dalai Lama. The current one was plucked from obscurity, from a poor hamlet in Tibet, at age three, the fifth of 16 children. […]

July 20, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t like the look of this storm

“You haven’t written about my illness,” my husband says. “That means it’s really affecting you.” He’s right. My silence in this column does mean his illness feels scary, as any heart ailment would. His illness is also complex and confusing. My heart is as troubled as his. Which leads me to an observation: getting older […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

When you’re fresh out of college, what next?

*Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This column first ran in 2007 before our current economic recession. Two months ago I received an email that began, “I don’t know if you remember me, but I was a student you interviewed.” The email included details to refresh my memory, but I didn’t need them. […]

July 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

An update on one of my favorite interviews

When I asked if I could meet with Daisy again, I expected several things. First, I anticipated that she wouldn’t mind being the subject of another column. Second, I imagined that her life had continued on the trajectory I first wrote about in 2007 when she began working part-time for Yolo County. Finally, I knew […]

June 29, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Long group meetings are a lifestyle with me

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This is a slightly revised column from 2008. She reports that since then, groups No. 2 and 4 have ended, but she joined two new groups: the Board of Yolo Hospice and a book group that reads whole books. At a 2008 Stanford commencement, Oprah Winfrey proclaimed […]

June 22, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

After graduation, keep up one school habit

In the midst of all the high-flying advice given to new graduates, I want to offer something small that I wish I had started sooner and continued longer. Taking notes. When you’re a student, note taking is a daily activity. In class you take notes on paper or computer; at home you take notes in […]

June 15, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

We debate what’s important in Davis’ history

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This column first ran in 2007. When people labeled O.J. Simpson’s trial “the trial of the century,” I groaned. What about the Scopes trial, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, or Brown vs. the Board of Education? I may not study history, but I do know that you […]

June 08, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Today I write in praise of pausing

This is a column in praise of the pause. I’ve been pausing for things all my life, but I recently realized that some pauses ― not the traffic-signal type ― contain hidden wealth. The other day I was trying to remember who sang “If You Could Read My Mind.” I pictured the singer’s face and […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Looking at success rates in flying, swimming, love

There’s a photo from my wedding in a Davis backyard that brings a smile to the face of anyone who sees it. It was taken before the ceremony, as my future husband stood in the shadow of the house with his best man. The expression on Bob’s face, just before he takes his first step […]

May 25, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Why do we get along better on vacation?

Why do my husband and I get along better on vacation than we do at home? We’re semi-retired, so our daily lives are not stressful and we don’t face a lot of conflict. Even so, we like each other better when we’re far from home. “I’m going to figure it out this time,” I said […]

May 18, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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