Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Languages change over time. The outdated titles “Miss” and “Master” for young people have all but disappeared, which is only fair, since “Master” conveys respect, as in “Master Yoda,…
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Every U.S. president has been commander-in-chief, and most presidents — 28 out of 45 — have also been veterans, having served in active duty, including state militias.
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who categorize everyone into two kinds, and those who don’t.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
In presidential election years, Quip Tide often yields the floor to someone who has held the office and is generally thought to have carried out its heavy duties honorably. Today we …
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
I’m not a veterinarian, I am a sexagenarian — that is, in my 60s — which required neither advanced schooling nor special skills, other than continuing to breathe. During those 60-plu…
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
This being an election year, it’s important to separate pumpkin facts from fiction. Can you spot the phony claims about pumpkins in this week’s column?
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
An “earworm” is a tune that gets stuck in your head, sometimes for days. At the risk of aural infection, Quip Tide offers the following salute to animal adoption, with sincere apolog…
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Sara and Diego, friends from college, chanced to meet in the produce aisle at the supermarket one day. With the passage of years and the obligatory face masks, recognizing each other…
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Self-confidence is key when interviewing for a new job, but taken to extremes it turns the interview upside down. Take, for example, this transcript of an actual interview I just mad…
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Leftovers have gotten us out of our meal plan routine and brought creativity to our table.
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Businesses’ phone answering messages used to be simple:
Wednesday, September 02, 2020
With the CZU Lightning Complex fire now largely off the Coastside’s list of immediate threats, except for the thick blanket of smoke, we can look back, while our memories are still f…
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The Greatest Generation is a hard act to follow, as the name implies. They beat Hitler and the Great Depression. We Baby Boomers aren’t given a superlative like “next greatest,” “sec…
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Big changes lie ahead, and I mean “lie” in the way a golf ball has a lie on the grass, not in the political sense.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
The first presidential debate of 2020 between the two major parties’ candidates began with an unexpected surprise.