MAY 19, 2011 2:56PM

DSK The French Dinosaur

Here we are in spring 2011 and dinosaurs still roam the Earth. For the time being, however, one of them is now behind bars on Riker's Island where he should be able to do no harm to anyone but himself.

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JANUARY 18, 2011 8:41AM

Call Me Gigi

One dilemma faced by many Baby Boomers now becoming grandparents is what these new little people should call us when they're old enough to call us. While parents-to-be pour over names for their imminent offspring, there's little help for those of us on the other end

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JULY 9, 2010 3:22PM

I'll Be Up In A Minute

One of the many things to love about Europe is the cemeteries. Not that I don't appreciate the world of its living -- museums, architecture, cuisine, languages, you name it -- but Europeans do, with their eons of history, have a certain knack, a je ne sais

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DECEMBER 16, 2009 2:12PM

Of Christmas Past and Presents

One of my favorite holiday memories is of skiing the sparkling, snow-packed slopes of the Santa Fe Ski Basin, just a 20-minute drive up Canyon Road from my low-rent apartment in the adobe city below.

I traversed those intermediate trails from morning till night on Christmas Day, nearly the onl
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DECEMBER 4, 2009 1:30PM

The Rebranding of Tiger Woods

I'd already been thinking quite a lot about the trend of personal branding, especially among savvy young artists, singers, writers and athletes trying to distinguish themselves in their highly competitive markets, when Tiger Woods drove his Cadillac SUV over a hydrant and into a tree and begaRead full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2009 1:21PM

Afghanistan: Nothing But A Fool's Errand

For anyone trying to write about Afghanistan, the war in that ornery, cantankerous and choleric nation is one of the fastest-moving targets around.

Writing about it, like fighting it, is like playing dodge-ball with a fruit fly. Like shooting minnows in the sea. Like pitting Wile E. Coyote ag
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NOVEMBER 11, 2009 1:08PM

Is That Supposed to Be a Good Thing?

One of the downsides to being a news junkie is the occasional lack of discrimination, especially when it comes to reading the local rags, which, as we know, are so hungry for readers that they will cover just about anything to draw people in and drive up advertising revenue.

Crime -- the
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OCTOBER 13, 2009 8:58AM

Why No Nobel Prize in Fashion?

The Nobel Prize Committee has been handing out awards like candy this past week -- and that was quite a sugar-coated jaw breaker for Barack Obama -- but I just don't understand why there is never a recipient from the fashion world.

That said, it has been quite a year for
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OCTOBER 9, 2009 1:15PM

Spring Break Part I

The only people who would think it was a good idea to let three 17-year old suburban high school girls go to Ft. Lauderdale for spring break would be other 17-year olds.

But somehow our parents -- maybe because they needed a spring break themselves -- drove us to the Greyhound station
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OCTOBER 5, 2009 4:30PM

Whither the Time Goest?

 When I was a senior in high school, the quote I used under my yearbook picture paraphrased the great English poet, John Milton:

"How soon hath time, the subtle thief of youth, stolen on its wing my one and seventeenth year?"

Believe me, I was no wise-before-my-time teenager -- I was a party
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 9:17AM

Don't "Ask Your Doctor"!

Fidgety in school? Shy in crowds? Feeling blue? Tired? Can't sleep a full eight hours every night? Get a little annoyed from time to time? Trouble focusing at work?

Just can't exercise or eat right? Don't have time for your period? Prefer one pill a month for bone health rather than
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A few days ago, I got it into my head to whip up a batch of Boeuf Bourguignon -- or Boeuf à la Bourguignonne -- the luscious, wine-drenched beef stew first made famous in America by our beloved French Chef Julia Child and most recently by Julie PowellRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 5:51PM

Two Weddings Interrupted

Though not as popular as June, September is a big month for weddings. Maybe it's the added bonus of an end-of-summer celebration, an ushering in of cooler and crisper days, and the opportunity to feature rich, warm colors at the ceremony and reception.

But two joyous and much-anticipated wedd
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 12:26PM

Joe Wilson Wins No Matter What

After reading Maureen Dowd's column in today's NYT, I've had to rethink my position as stated below. In a better world, we could ignore Wilson's childish behavior, but the truth is, unfortunately, that if we don't effectively fight back, he and his cronies (and their backward thinking) willRead full post »

Who am I? Who are you? And who the heck -- we would like to know -- are they?

It's such a lovely day that I thought I would shake it up a bit by pondering one of the great head-scratchers of all time; that is, what really is our human nature?

Far
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AUGUST 26, 2009 11:50AM

Goodbye, Teddy Kennedy

When the young Teddy Kennedy campaigned for the Senate in front of our suburban Boston home, my whole family ran out to greet him.

For months, my father had been actively campaigning for Kennedy and others on the Democratic ticket, standing out in front of the local dump, weekendRead full post »

With football season now gearing up, it's hard not to think of this health care reform debate as the Super Bowl of politics.

So much of our political, economic and social life over the years has been in preparation -- in training -- for this big game.

That's why things have
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It's one thing to watch snippets of Health Care Reform Town Hall meetings on the evening news, but entirely another to find oneself in an auditorium packed with 850+ people, including a bunch who are angry, belligerent and even violent.

This particular Town Hall took place last night in Durha
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AUGUST 11, 2009 12:52PM

Birthdays, Vanity and Middle Age

Nothing like a birthday to make us once again come to terms with time's assault on our looks, physique and, most importantly, our precious vanity.

Shame on us, in this culture of youth, for letting lines and wrinkles creep onto our face, that part of ourselves we must put forward to
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AUGUST 7, 2009 12:46PM

Coming Out From Six Feet Under

After spending the past six weeks buried under five seasons and 63 episodes of the astounding HBO series Six Feet Under, I'm greatly relieved to find myself not only still alive but maybe a bit wiser and even -- dare I say it? -- a stronger person for the experience.

Far
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(continued from preceding days)

It was only about half an hour later, when Jamie and Jim were sitting in the front seat of his old Ford pickup, on an overlook up in the Sangre de Cristos, gazing west at a crescent moon with Venus and what looked like Mars off
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JULY 31, 2009 12:52PM

The Mountain Man Part IV

(Continued from previous days)

When Maureen raced out of the ladies' room, she slammed the door open against the wall, where it stuck.

Jamie stood there in that blue neon light against pea green walls and watched Maureen now yelling at Jim, who was leaning against the bar with a
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JULY 30, 2009 12:51PM

The Mountain Man Part III


(Continued from Part II yesterday and Part I the day before.)

The parking lot was jammed with pick-ups -- mostly dusty, dinged and dented. Jamie slipped her Chevy rental into a little space, pushed back her seat and closed her eyes.

Three days ago, she'd been doing advanced asanas in Georgetown,… Read full post »
JULY 29, 2009 12:44PM

The Mountain Man Part II

One thing that makes all hotels in Santa Fe equal is the proliferation of glossy magazines in each room, stacks of thick booklets to help guide tourists through the maze of galleries and restaurants on which the city's lifeblood and lifestyle depend.

On the same Friday afternoon, after their s
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JULY 28, 2009 3:05PM

The Mountain Man

Santa Fe is not America. It's not really New Mexico, either.

It's The City Different in The Land of Enchantment.

At least according to the brochures.

But no wonder so many people, especially women, who visit Santa Fe for the first time end up going home, quitting their jobs, selling their houses
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