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Wednesday, July 24, 2024 | Back issues
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Pandemic impulses

When the only places open were the grocery store and Home Depot, I turned to Amazon for retail therapy in the dark early days of the pandemic.

Year of hope

As we peer around the corner where 2022 lurks, a year-end ode to the one thing holding us together.

Year of Hell

A look at the calendar tells me it's March 18. Only March 18. This Year of Hell, which feels like three years of hell, is barely three months old.

Paradise Lost and Found

On the way home from a weekend trip with friends, we took a short detour into the foothills above Chico, California. Our destination: What remains of the town of Paradise.

The Right to Roam

Maybe it’s the hours of darkness in winter – and the hours of daylight in summer – but Scandinavians are passionate about nature. They have codified that love in law and philosophy.

La Ofrenda

The candle’s flame sputters and then dies in a ribbon of white smoke, the smell of burnt wax mingling with the scents of pan dulce and tequila. Faces of people, long gone now but never forgotten, peer out from behind glasses of milk, cans of Coke and marigolds. A pack of Marlboro Reds, a can of Bud Light, a package of M&Ms and plates of salt and apples complete la ofrenda, the offering, for the traveling souls of our loved ones.