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Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. Humanity is being tested, and it’s not looking very good for us. more
I think we all believe we work hard. We’ve heard that if we do, we’ll do well in life. more
As a new year breaks and the sun rises on 2024, we are faced with the reality that, once again, an election year is upon us. more
If you’re still reading this, thank you. Not sure I could write a more off-putting title. I envision a somewhat less-than-engaged response. Here I want to show a little love for math. more
It was the early 1990s in Azusa, California, where I was in college. It was December, it was finals week, and, needing to blow off stress, we went Christmas caroling. more
Cement making around the world releases so much carbon dioxide that if it were a country, it would be the third biggest source of CO2 pollution. more
Sure, you expect to laugh at lists of crazy Engrish menu mistranslations on social media, “Braised Dork with Bamboo Gunfires,” not to mention episodes of The Three Stooges. … more
‘Tis the season — for all those Mariah Carey horror memes. Truth to tell, I’ve actually never minded the song; it’s fine. The horror comes from having it repeated ad … more
Violence tests us in unexpected ways. It strains our identity when the time comes to defend all those fancy principles we think we hold. I was already suitably humbled when I heard the … more
Fellow KPers — get thee to YouTube and watch “The Maple Cutter,” a 2023 documentary by Daniel Hoffman and Lynn M. Thomas. more
A few weeks ago, I flew home to Seattle from Missoula. I was looking forward to getting home, excited that the flight wasn’t more than an hour. I settled into my window seat and watched as the … more
As the countdown clock ticked away the waning days of summer, school and library boards around the country were besieged with demands to limit access to an ever-expanding list of books. more
I would like to skip the question about whether heaven exists, maybe another time, but let’s think about the idea of heaven. I’m sure some of you have a pretty clear picture, maybe based … more
I recently attended a high-profile tech conference where artificial intelligence was the talk of the week. After listening to the hype and the promises, and the long-term visions from heavily funded … more
On May 10, 2016, then Herron Island ferry captain John Farris posted a photo on the islanders’ group on Facebook with a laconic caption, as was his style, even though the announcement could … more
It was 1979 or ’80. My dad informed me I would accompany him to a business dinner. I put on my three-piece suit, like his, and he drove us in his 1968 Volvo P1800 bone-white coupe with red leather … more
In his June column, Richard Gelinas talked about energy production (“No Nukes: Carbon-free Electricity.”) He touched briefly on the benefits of solar power. He also mentioned his desire … more
Graphic notes on local life more
Graphic notes on local life more
These are momentous days in our household. This spring four of us are graduating — from grad school, from college, and the two youngest from Peninsula High School. I have mixed feelings about that … more
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