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…

Annie In My Life: Chapter 43

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on September 13, 2006. The Kid Whisperer Whether it’s a good idea or not, my daughter has gotten herself a job. A month away from turning 17, she’s plenty old enough to decide for herself if she can juggle school and work, even though she’s not nearly old…

Annie In My Life: Chapter 39

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on July 25, 2005 Mallard-justed: Getting Down off a Duck (Following is an announcement from the offices of Bill Cope regarding this week’s column: With a level-three Supreme Court confirmation converging on the East Coast, to say nothing of the continuing unraveling of Karl Rove, the deteriorating situation…

War Crimes

The following was printed in The Boise Weekly Wednesday, March 7. War Crimes: The Ultimate Judges Might Not Yet Be Born Some day, on down the timeline a ways when our current events have coalesced into another complete chapter of America’s history, every one of us is going to be asked by a descendant—a son…