Issue Section: Slightly Off Center

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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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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Slightly Off Center: Media Magic

There has been a lot of media about the media in the media lately. It is sort of like thinking about your brain: It’s an endless loop of logical labyrinth poop. If you can’t believ …

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Slightly Off Center: Faking It

I’m not sure what to think of last month’s fake news scare, but I do know that 112% of people in over 53 states can’t recognize fake news. I don’t have any sources; everybody just …

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Slightly Off Center: Inside the Locker Room

I’ve stayed mainly silent on the bloviating of the two presidential candidates. Not until Mr. Trump blamed locker room talk for his vapid sexist dialogue did my temper snap like a …

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Slightly Off Center: Utah Fringes

In journalistic jargon “30” means the end. That’s what Utah highway 30 is; it’s probably the last place you’d pick to explore in Utah but you should. Everybody brags on Highway 12 …

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Slightly Off Center: How to Be Happy

This nation has such a lack of happiness it depresses me. What did I just say? I don’t even care if America is still great or needs to be made great again. What we really need is t …

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Slightly Off Center: Summer Memories

The “lunch beep” vacation was about 48 summers ago but I remember it like it was yesterday’s selfie. In the days before all cars had entertainment centers or air conditioning and n …

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Slightly Off Center: Things that Can’t Be Real

I’m not going to go all Matrix on you, but contemplating reality can really make your head reel. It’s more than just the reality of the lowlight reel of the real choices of preside …

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How to Write Gooder I’ve no doubt had reader’s block, but I’ve seldom had writer’s block. As a friend reminded me, “Mec­hanics and plumbers can’t say they are blocked; they just do …

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Can’t miss: “Next big things” that we didn’t really need. —by Dennis Hinkamp Other than the 15%-off breakfast specials, one of the few benefits of aging is perspective. Just like y …

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Speech writing 101.—by Dennis Hinkamp A few times in my life, I’ve been asked to write speeches for important people with writer’s block. It’s a frustrating process because you wan …

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When did we stop trying?—by Dennis Hinkamp If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we [fill in the blank]” was an old-timey admonition for why the world wasn’t progressing quite …

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Revelations. —by Dennis Hinkamp Given my heightened state of cynicism, some people find it hard to image that I actually was a student of the Bible (12 years Catholic school and 10 …

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The little dog that saved the day. —by Dennis Hinkamp Some days are doomed. Road construction has slowed traffic to dial-up modem speeds, young people are surly because they are ba …

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