Annie In My Life: Epilogue

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on January 4, 2012. This is the final chapter of Annie In My Life, and if you have been reading this “book” from the beginning you will recognize much of the material here-in from the Introduction, 48 weeks ago. I borrowed sections from this column to include in…

Annie In My Life: Chapter 47

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on August 27, 2008 Full Circle: A Mandala of Moscow and Mink Oil A funny thing happened back when I was a college freshman, 43 years ago. It wasn’t so funny at the time, as it involved me being accused of shoplifting. But in retrospect—especially after what happened…

Annie In My Life: Chapter 45

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on June 4, 2008   You Commence, Girl! Once again, in line with a tradition that goes all the way back to when I first made myself available to deliver emergency commencement addresses, I have not been called on to deliver a commencement address. Emergency or any other…

Despite What You May Have Heard …

Some of you might have seen a death notice in Saturday’s Statesman that a William Cope of Meridian is no longer with us. My wife started receiving condolence calls by mid-Saturday-morning at her work and it continued throughout the weekend. She had been assuring callers that, in spite of the name and the age of…

Annie In My Life: Chapter 45

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on September, 2007 Awe Shucks There’s a New Woman in Dad’s Life At a gathering we threw on Labor Day, my daughter was telling a group of us grown-ups how much she’d enjoyed a recent experience. Sorry, but I can’t remember what the specific experience was. She has…

Annie In My Life: Chapter 44

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on April 25, 2007 Virginia Real: A Plague of Quiet Boys on Our House I could be cynical about it, easily. And given a few more days, I’m sure I will be. It’s my nature to relate one event with another when they involve the same broad features—for…