Sholeh Patrick

Our plastic planet

April 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

I can’t stand clutter, but throwing anything away increasingly consumes me with guilt. So my house furnishings are old, décor outdated, and clothes never in fashion — plenty of use left in what we have. The floating islands of our collectiv...

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Following your tax dollars

April 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

If you haven’t yet filed your income tax forms, you’d better move fast. They must be postmarked today, or if filed electronically, by midnight. The feds need your share of 2017’s estimated $2.2 trillion (individual and corporate) income tax...

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Here’s what you can do about abuse

April 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Often the worst thing about abuse is that it lasts a lifetime in the mind. Ironically, the mind is our first line of defense against it. Like assault and abuse itself — emotional, sexual, or otherwise physical — stereotypes cut both ways. A...

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Dancing reverses aging

April 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

My mama had a dancing heart. So I passed it on. When my son and daughter were little, not only at happy times, but especially after they’d been sad, I turned up the music, grabbed their little hands, and we danced ourselves silly until joy ...

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What’s super about Super 1

April 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

I’m not in the business of reviews; that’s not what this column is about. I don’t like to promote a particular business (with occasional exceptions for nonprofits). Yet as a customer who happens to be a writer, rather than the other way aro...

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MLP: Don’t try and split infinitives

April 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

It may be difficult for Mrs. Language Person’s dwindling reader base to believe, but occasionally that Snitty Old Bitty will indeed concede. Case in point: the split infinitive. First thing’s first; one must define the infinitive verb form....

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April Fool’s hilarious history

March 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

If you believe anyone knows the origin of April Fool’s pranks, the joke’s on you. Traditional as it may be to dupe the unwary on April 1, historians aren’t really sure how or why it started. From a variety of historical, encyclopedic, and a...

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Easter’s timing is, well, elusive

March 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sunday’s Easter celebration approaches the middle point this year, edging into April. In fact, Easter can fall as early as March 22 and as late as April 25 in our Gregorian calendar. Why such a wide range? With its pagan etymology, “Eostur”...

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Study: Idaho depends on guns

March 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

When it comes to guns, we’re No. 1. Idaho is the state most dependent on the multibillion-dollar gun industry. We have the most firearms industry output per capita, the most gun-related jobs, the most immunity for the gun industry (i.e., le...

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Stephen Hawking, in his own words

March 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

In early 1963, just shy of his 21st birthday, England’s Stephen Hawking — easily the most recognizable, award-winning physicist in history — was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease...

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