A Glimpse of What Life Was Like in Boise 31 Years Ago

This afternoon, should you be milling about in the crowd on the Grove Plaza, enjoying whatever ensemble of guitar thumpers happens to be there this week, and for whatever reason, you begin to wonder when the first “Alive After Five” took place and what sort of entertainment was offered … way-yulllll, do I have a…

The Circus in Singapore: Who Was the Ringmaster?

I’d like to think Americans are getting sick of conspiracy theories. If you have a robust enough intellect to understand that cheesy shock jocks like Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, and, of course, Trump, have thoroughly perverted truth and decency by vomiting out their copious conspiracy theories so incessantly that many of our most un-thoughtful neighbors…

One Thing We May Want To Consider In Pondering The Question Of Whether Samantha Bee’s Offensive Remark Is As Offensive As Roseanne Barr’s Offensive Remark

The highly-accomplished Valerie Jarrett is neither a Muslim, an ape, nor the impossible spawn of a radical Muslim faction and a movie franchise, while Daddy’s Little Heartthrob, Ivanka … by all the evidence of her insensitivity, actions, attitudes, and remarkable lack of accomplishment … is, indeed, essentially a … uh, er … pretty much what…

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…