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Feb.16.2010
I’m always up for an adventure. When I lived in New Hampshire I used to fish in the fast-moving icy streams of early spring, hike the towering peaks of the Presidential Range in the blistering summer heat, and track wild game in late fall and early winter. So when my wife wanted to journey into the...
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Sep.11.2009
Check another life goal off the list because a few days ago for the first time ever… I surfed. Okay, maybe I wasn’t as graceful as local Santa Barbara legend Shaun Tomson—or, for that matter, Shaun of the Dead—but to the amazement of everyone, including myself, I didn’t get hurt nor did I injure...
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Aug.25.2009
Wow, time indeed does fly when you are having fun. I have now been writing my humor column for ten years. That's more than 200 columns or some 140,000 words! True, a lot of those words were "er… ahh… um… hmmm… and oops..." but I'm sure there were some more excepshunal, er, xseptional, er...
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Jul.20.2009
Recently I found myself at the annual convention of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists rubbing elbows with some famous writers. "Would you kindly stop rubbing my elbow, you weirdo?" "Sorry. Just looking for inspiration." "Try the bar." So I did. That's...
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Jun.16.2009
I had several choices on Saturday. Clean the garage, wash the car, or go to the golf store and waste hours looking at a bunch of stuff I couldn't afford.... It was crowded at the golf store. I like it when it's like that. The salespeople are too busy to pester you, and you can play with the putters...
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May.17.2009
My first thought on Saturday was that it seemed kind of breezy. I based this on the fact that several hats, a wayward beach umbrella, and what appeared to be a small wide-eyed dog wearing a little knit sweater, flew by the windshield. "There might be a bit of a chop out there," I told...
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Apr.20.2009
I'm a little ahead of the rolling current this week, which is something. I'm usually trying to swim to keep up with it. Not this week. This week it's Earth Day. That's a big day for my kids. They go to a Montessori school, which hopefully explains A LOT. Earth Day is a major event at their school....
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Jun.14.2008
     The last week in June is my favorite week of the year and has been for more than 15 years. That's because it's time for the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (http://www.sbwriters.com). I teach the humor workshop at the week long conference. Unfortunately, I always seem to have a column due...
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Apr.25.2008
When you first start out writing, experienced writers tell you that you will find the genre that suits you, find your own style, and find your own voice. Most of us nod enthusiastically while thinking: "Oh sure."  But I found all three of these things my first year attending the Santa...