This is my last column for a while as I embark on another book-writing adventure. I hope to return to these pages at some point in the future, possibly with a question-and-answer column.
By November we’ve settled into our school-year routines and are stacking up firewood. Time for some musical refreshment!
As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes. Yet there’s one ray of hope. The House and Senate chairs of the tax-writing committees, one a Republican, the other a Democrat, are preparing a comprehensive tax reform plan. They see the budget negotiations as their opportunity to enact much-needed changes to our bloated, off-kilter tax laws.
Current literature spans issues from testosterone to the reason that farmers get smarter in the wintertime. So without further ado:
May I speak honestly?” “To tell you the truth ...” “Well, to be honest ...” All of the above are phrases that make me wonder if the speaker’s preceding statements were nothing but lies. Based on one of those human interests surveys I read recently, probably about half of what we are told each day falls somewhere between misleading or just plain false. Performance evaluation workshop
I don’t know when “dysfunctional” became an adjective routinely attached to the noun “family,” but in my years of pastoral counseling the common denominator has been a complaint that “my family is so dysfunctional.” It’s led me to wonder what a functional family might be, and does anybody actually live in one? Before we get into that, it’s important to note that there are families, and family-like groups, that are habitually self-destructive, imposing serious physical and emotional damage on one another. They are not the subject of this article.
What's Up With That columnist Risk Eskil looks into the region's water system to see why some places still have old-school water towers.
The Port of Walla Walla remains committed to ensuring our region has safe and reliable access to all forms of transportation. We continue to work on four-laning U.S. Highway 12, retaining commercial air service and enhancing our rail infrastructure, which allows companies like Railex to ship Washington state produce to the East Coast in less than five days.
Rep. Tom Foley wasn’t a politician, he was a lawmaker with great political skills.
The day Elvis died, John’s fate was sealed. He made the mistake of singing Elvis hits off and on through the workday. John had a good voice and his co-workers (including me) enjoyed the musical interludes in our day. He sang tunes he knew we liked and stopped the moment we heard footsteps in the office hallway. On the whole he was a fun, helpful and popular employee.
I believe in zombies. A zombie is physically identical to a normal human being, but lacks consciousness. Zombies look like us, but “all is dark inside.” Doctors of philosophy have been writing papers about zombies and consciousness since 1974. The figure of the zombie, however, appeared as early as the 1929 novel “The Magic Island” by William Seabrook. In 1932, Victor Halperin directed “White Zombie,” a horror film starring Bela Lugosi. But zombies have been with us for thousands of years. They walk among us today.
I’ll never forget the moment in Walla Walla’s Green Gables Bed and Breakfast, when William Cope Moyers and I were struggling to find a way to end his memoir, a book we’d been working on for almost three years.
In August I introduced you to comet ISON. In the last two months we have learned much more about the comet.
Intuition rejects any notion that colon cancer is related to exercise. The only way to exercise a colon is a five-course meal or a double serving of frijoles. Colon cancer seems obviously caused by carcinogens that come in direct contact with the bowel wall. Well, that is part of the story.
As soon as I became consistent in how I applied rules and expectations my dog Charlie became a good dog. It wasn’t a coincidence. He could finally see a pattern and could predict my reaction to his behavior. Charlie is my first dog and it took me a while to realize that the “trial and error” method to setting expectations for Charlie wasn’t working. I didn’t know what I should expect from him when I brought him home so I stayed flexible and accommodating. I wanted him be happy; he had been living a rough life scavenging and I was ready to pamper him. My approach couldn’t have been more wrong. Charlie’s sense of security comes from a predictable routine; no surprises, no changes. A few clear rules and boundaries and he is a happy dog. This isn’t to say that he doesn’t misbehave; he knows exactly how long he can bark at a cat before he gets the “no barking” command.
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