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Our Life on the Water

Joy, wonder, and the occasional dollop of paralyzing fear — what it’s like to raise a child with the Pacific as her backyard.... More

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Croquet Today

Have mallet, will travel. The ancient leisurely lawn game is hot all over again.... More

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A War on Writers?

When Amazon decided to slash prices on e-books, one large publisher said no. In the subsequent skirmish, writers got caught in the middle.... More

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A Nation of Joiners

Numerous observers, going back to Alexis de Tocqueville, have described Americans as rugged individualists. But that’s a false impression, argues sociologist Claude S. Fischer in... More

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With Friends Like These …

Our beloved curmudgeon asks, "Why do so many people want to connect on Facebook, only to have no interest in actually communicating?" ... More

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And Now, Let Us Stray

Church without God? The new Sunday Assembly movement offers spirituality and community for nonbelievers... More

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Lost Claus?

What happened to the tradition of sending out Christmas cards?... More

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Hard Times (and Good)

This is the season to count one’s blessings. I’ve had so many over the years that it would be impossible to do a full account... More

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Retire When Ready

There are plenty of reasons to quit work (not all of them good). How to make retirement work for you.... More

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