Issue Section: Slightly Off Center

Countdown

It is an old but pertinent joke. Why is there is a highway to hell, but a stairway to heaven? That should tell you something about music, life, the afterlife and the state of humor …

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Thoughts while walking the dog

If this is such a great economy, why do we see so many young women who can’t afford pants without holes ripped in them? The young men seem to be able to afford belts now; I don’t s …

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Walking the walk

For most of my first six decades on this planet I routinely dismissed walking as some lesser form of exercise. I belittled even “jogging” because it seemed too recreational and sil …

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Love it & live it

The yuks come easy when someone says, “I’m going to X-place” and you say, “Oh I’m sorry.” Or you can always refer to your birth city as “A nice place to be from.” Completing the ru …

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What’s a sport?

I  see a lot of CrossFit people flipping tires end over end across fields and gym floors in Cache Valley where I live. They might be strong, but don’t they know that it is easier t …

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Nostalgia in a time of mindfulness

Nostalgia is a long soothing warm pool with a deep end full of non-vegan sharks. In fact, I think the sharks are paleo/keto and there is no lifeguard on duty. I feel the siren call …

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YOLO FOMO

It’s forbidden-fruit-Genesis-level tempting to write about politics because that is where all the easy jokes are. On the other hand there isn’t much room for new satire because eve …

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Border madness

Not to sound too utopian, but borders only exist on maps. They are conceptual art at its best. You can’t fly over the land and see outlines of the countries and states we were requ …

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Dressing our flaws in beautiful penmanship

I  have always taken for granted that I can transfer things from my brain box down through my fingers, onto a keyboard and off onto some electronic location. In the old days, I was …

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Slightly off season

Fall and winter travel is easier than ever, now that daylight saving time lasts longer than daylight losing time. Even after the great fall-back darkness descends, you can find ple …

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How do you know what you know?

This isn’t about this news cycle; it’s about every news cycle since shared cave paintings. Could Kokopelli really play a mean flute? Did elk really look like that? I doubt it; ‘pel …

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Slightly Off Center: September 2018

Nostalgia at the shallow end Nostalgia is a public pool filled with warm memories at the shallow end, but in the deep end there be monsters disguised as beguiling Sirens. You may e …

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Slightly Off Center: Superpowers

I never read comic books as a kid because, like many “only” children, I was an adult child. I spent most of my reading time browsing science books at the library. I could recite ev …

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Slightly Off Center: Hey Bud

Will ears become vestigial organs or just sort of coat racks for our wired and unwired devices? It’s hard to say. Everyone already looks at their phones and lovingly caresses them, …

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Slightly Off Center: May 2018

How to talk TED. I speak many languages that are all English. I can talk sports, science, tech, downstate Missourian and TED. I can help you with the last one. Time may be running …

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