Issue Section: Slightly Off Center

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 wa …

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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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Slightly Off Center: Revelations

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 years of fundamentalist church …

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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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Why not? —by Dennis Hinkamp Why would anyone build a giant shark that you can drive around with 50 people in it? Why build a typewriter the size of a house or a temple that takes t …

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Slightly off center: The Age of Whatever

Applauding parents, however they came to be The software is not yet coded to diagram the meandering and defoliated branches of my family tree. When I go into the church genealogy l …

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The Age of Whatever: Applauding parents, however they came to be. —by Dennis Hinkamp The software is not yet coded to diagram the meandering and defoliated branches of my family tr …

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Utah trip advisor. —by Dennis Hinkamp Dang you, Internet! I write a couple motel reviews for Trip Advisor and I am forever hounded with follow-ups and requests for more. So here is …

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How to be less of a jerk. —by Dennis Hinkamp People often ask me where I get the ideas for columns. My stock answer is: “It’s easy—everything irritates me.” I take one thing and tr …

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Dronie of Your Ownie. —by Dennis Hinkamp Have you always wanted to fly, and to be an innovator, a criminal and strict constitutionalist all at the same time? It’s easy; just fly a …

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How long? –by Dennis Hinkamp Water heaters can be faithful employees of your home for 40 years, but I doubt you really appreciate this mundane effort. You replace them, you move o …

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