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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The weekly columnists in The Free Press are a great source of news and opinion - both local and global. Click on one below to start your journey.

  • Reports of the demise of ideology have been greatly exaggerated. The overarching belief systems that proclaim the best way to structure society are still with us. And, looking at the ideological polarization of our current politics . . .
  • Many of us have places in our houses that we regard with wariness. You can’t relax at home when you suspect an entire area of your house to be part of the nether world. Let’s take this problem head-on and look into “The Cellar” . . .
  • Several stories highlighting the behavior of young children prompted me to write about this. It is no surprise that when children are behaving at their very worst, with their parents at their wits’ end, this is when it’s the most difficult . . .
  • Even if you discount two major hurricanes, California wildfires and subsequent mudslides, there’s little doubt that the climate is undergoing a change. Smaller weather events include the extreme cold spells of this past January . . .
  • A few days ago, if you happen to remember these things, it was cold. Hard to say what the weather might be like as you read these words, as we’ve definitely been seeing the boingy-boingy sort of coastal winter where a forty-degree . . .
  • The Tamarisk or “salt cedar” is a species of invasive tree that has found incredible success in the Southwestern United States. Originally imported from the steppes of Russia as a means of stabilizing hillsides that were eroding . . .
  • I wrote my first column for The Free Press exactly 16 years ago, a few weeks after 9/11, in response to a request from Alice McFadden, the publisher — then and now — for some insights into the Arab World, where I had spent the majority . . .
  • Around church-going time on Sunday, I saw the first Jack in the Pulpit alongside a damp woods road. I lifted up the purple-and-green-striped canopy of the pulpit to see what Preacher Jack had to say, holy or otherwise. . . .
  • The Way Rice Should Be: Lamb Rendang
    Throughout history human beings have figured out ways to prepare and preserve food based on the climate and their living conditions. In the 16th century, long before refrigeration, the Minangkabau people of . . .
  • We Americans are not a servile people. We did not, this last November, anoint a new master, some deus ex machina to descend into our midst to rule us, or bless us, to determine our passive fate by scribbling it on the back of a . . .
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