Issue Section: Slightly Off Center

Slightly Off Center: Death and Taxes.

The curse and blessing of living six decades and having serviceable memory skills is that you notice patterns in everything. That and clichés become more irritating. “Death and tax …

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Slightly Off Center: Words Matter

“Famous last Snapchats” — not likely. I flirt with photography, but I’m committed to words. On any given day I have a harem of cameras in my car. I have cameras on drones, one for …

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Slightly Off Center: Banality Kills

Some of the things I’m most proud of are things I don’t or didn’t do. I’m not talking about the big stuff.  For instance, I have never started a nuclear war or run over a panda wit …

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Slightly Off Center: Stories Are Telling

What’s in a story? Is it truth, entertainment, fiction, lies or bits of each?   We live in the golden age of self-indulgent story telling where everyone has a blog or a podcast. A …

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Slightly Off Center: The War on Stuff

Like everything that makes America great, we tend to take dogma several steps too far. We can’t just have less gluten; we need to be gluten free. We can’t just build a fence; we ne …

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Slightly Off Center: Box food revolution

I am never going to be a Foodie. Maybe it is due to a linguistic bias. I have a visceral reaction to words that end that way; hoodie, goodies, veggies, panties and Denny are among …

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Introvert envy: How to pass as one of us

I consider myself more of a trend observer than a trendsetter. Trending lately seems to be chorizo, which is available at Maverick and as a new Spam (the meat-ish product, not the …

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Slightly Off Center: May 2017

Cheer up, snowflakes. I know that my fellow snowflakes are going through the typical stages of grief associated with the loss of a loved one. Our loved one was not Barak Obama so m …

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Slightly Off Center: Man on the Moon

It’s a well-worn cliché that “if we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we [fill in the blank]?” It’s been more than 40 years since we put a man on the moon so then, maybe, if we …

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Slightly Off Center

Outrageous. All I’m hearing lately is the howling outrage from both sides of the thousand-sided political spectrum. Formerly sane friends are ordering me to cut and paste, forward, …

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