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Divorce, American style

It's easy to see why bookkeeper Linda Mortimer moved to the Florida Keys 20 years ago: the impossibly blue water, the year-round sunshine, a lifestyle so laid-back that every day…

An armed America: Time for a change

The gun brandishing and outbursts at town hall meetings this summer were like a brain scan of the nation. It was surprising, for instance, how off-point some parts of the national…

More than 150,000 gay couples married

Nearly 150,000 same-sex couples reported being in marriage relationships last year, many more than the number of actual weddings and civil unions, according to the first U.S. census figures released…

A teenager’s perspective on Obama

My 16-year-old granddaughter was outraged and she gave me specific instructions.

"You must write about this asinine nonsense about the president speaking to us," she said. "How could anyone…

America today: Angry, bitter & partisan

Angry protesors at town meeting.After eight divisive years under President George W. Bush, Americans looked forward…

Trying out the General Motors Diet

When I came back from vacation last week, I felt that I had done my part to contribute to the national obesity crisis -- and I felt a great shame.

How a ragtag concert became a money machine

Back in 1969, Woodstock organizers billed their three-day festival as "An Aquarian Exposition." But although the concert became free when an expected crowd of…

Citizen protests: An all-American tradition

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her deputy, Steny Hoyer, stand accused of calling the impassioned, enraged and generally incoherent protesters currently…

Race: It depends on your point of view

I was one of the students hearing Professor Homer G. Barnett's lectures on the history of anthropology at the University of Oregon the year before he retired. That was more…

Feelings: Letting our emotions rule

I'm often intrigued by the conversations I overhear when I am having my hair cut. OK, I admit that it's something of a guilty pleasure to read People magazine while…

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