Russian Roulette

On another game of chance we play in Utah: death by earthquake.



"There was music in the café at night And revolution in the air." —Bob Dylan

Driving With No Helmet

Our "Watch this dude" mentality increases accidental deaths each year, showing that stupid is not courageous.

For the Books

On a bright-hot afternoon recently, I loitered in the cool basement reading Parade Magazine that comes with the Sunday newspaper. I don't usually pay attention to it, but this one was the "summer reading issue" in which author Ann Patchett picked the "75 best books of the past 75 years."


The essence of greenery
"Now 'tis spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted; Suffer them now and they'll o'er grow the garden." —William Shakespeare, Henry IV


One's choice of a burial site as the truest indication of one's attachment to a particular place.
In 1975, my wife and I moved to Fitchburg, Mass., a decaying mill town arrayed along the banks of the Nashua River. Main Street was an unattractive stretch of neglected buildings and empty storefronts.

Religion, Orlando, Salt Lake and ISIS

The common denominator is that every group is a big welcoming family.
If you are one of the many Christian faiths, or are Jewish or Muslim, you may define religion as belief in a superhuman controlling power, backed by feelings, organization, ethics and shared values. Buddhism is an awareness with spirituality, kindness and shared values, and a similar societal sense of family, but without a deity.


"Eighty percent of success is showing up."
"Eighty percent of success is showing up." —Woody Allen

Young Guns

When I was a kid, I spent countless hours in the library reading Greek myths, Aesop's fables and Grimm's fairy tales. Dr. Seuss and Uncle Remus were also favorites.

The Draft

I respectfully dissent.
A lot of people thought the federal government should help with the contaminated-water problem in Flint, Mich. Said Sen. Mike Lee: "I respectfully object." A lot of people believe the Senate should hold hearings the president's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Lies, Lies and More Lies

The one subject that unifies both parties are the lies Trump tells
In my early teen years, my parents schooled me in the ways I would need to integrate into society as I became a young man. One talk, I remember, had to do with a simple rule for getting along with others. Don't ever discuss religion or politics.

The End of Coal by 2036

It's the end of the coal business in Utah (and the world), but this funeral for coal will not be a quick cremation, so much as a slow cooking. Southern barbecue takes 12 hours.


Bidding farewell to one of the U's oldest buildings is more spirited wake than funeral
My first class at the University of Utah was Econ 101. I arrived early, fashionably dressed in a long-sleeved Gant shirt, chinos and polished Weejuns loafers. I carried a briefcase as everyone did. I was determined to do well. I had been a middling student in high school and I regretted it.

I Got "Berned"

I am no political party loyalist.
Let me start off by saying that I am no political party loyalist.

Final Words

Briefly, how to write an epitaph.
Since brevity is the soul of wit And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief...

It's Déjà Vu

So you went to the caucus. Now what?
Political slogans energize easily distracted puppies. But, you know what happens to puppies after all-out running and jumping?


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