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 By Alan Bine    Opinion

Food for thought in Edmonds | You Have My Word(s)

Little did I know when I settled in Edmonds over 15 years ago that my new home city was destined to become a dining destination. As someone who lives to eat, rather than eats to liv... — Updated 5/11/2023

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

Name your fun | You Have My Word(s)

Writing this column is fun for me, and I hope occasionally fun for you to read. Which brings me to my topic for today: What is fun for you? Or what makes you happy? Even in our... — Updated 4/6/2023

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

What hat should I wear today? | You Have My Word(s)

My former colleagues at the University of Washington, where I worked for almost 25 years, had a nickname for me. They called me the Mad Hatter. Not because I was mad, I hope, but... — Updated 3/23/2023

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

Overwhelmed by subscriptions | You Have My Word(s)

A long, long time ago, watching television didn't cost anything. Although there wasn't a whole lot to watch then. Every night at 11 p.m. the stations played the national anthem to s... — Updated 3/9/2023

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

High prices, my oh my | You Have My Word(s)

My mind works in very strange ways. To say it "works" might be an overstatement. When contemplating what to write about this week, for some odd reason I thought of Dick's... — Updated 3/2/2023

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

Quiet time can bring clarity | You Have My Words(s)

Quiet time is such a blessing. Like a snow day for your mind. When it’s quiet, you can think. And the possibilities are infinite. I’ll bet most of the great inventors first came... — Updated 1/12/2023

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

In defense of fruitcake | You Have My Word(s)

What's wrong with fruitcake, I'd like to know? Why do people look at me the way they do, as if I'm, well, nutty as a fruitcake, whenever I say I like it? Fruitcake should be eaten,... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Alane Bine    Opinion

Do you see what I see? | You Have My Word(s)

What does keeping it all together mean to you? Keeping up with all those pesky bills and subscription costs that just keep on coming? Packing those school lunches for the kids? Continuing to work hard to provide for your family?... — Updated 12/15/2022

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

Weary Christmas: A poem | You Have My Word(s)

I can't help myself. Each holiday season I just have to write at least one poem or essay expressing my feelings on a timely topic such as Christmas excesses, mall mania, or the... — Updated 12/8/2022

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

Words are friends, or playing with words | You Have My Word(s)

A lot of people play “Words with Friends.” To me, words are friends. Especially words that sound nice when you hear them, or have especially important meanings. The word... — Updated 12/1/2022

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

If it feels bad, stop doing It | You have my word(s)

I’m getting kind of tired of being told whatever I like to eat is bad for me. I could be wrong of course, but I believe stress is much more likely than sugar to do me in. While I... — Updated 11/10/2022

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

We interrupt this column ... | You Have My Word(s)

I have this flaw. I tend to talk too much and, worse yet, sometimes interrupt others. How rude! In fact, I even interrupt myself. Not so rude. It doesn't make it OK, but I know why... — Updated 10/13/2022

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

Patience and kindness, coming into focus | You Have My Word(s)

Bad vision teaches you to have patience. Things I never thought twice about before my vision went south a few years ago now take at least twice as long to do. Like simple cooking... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

Why somewhere in the middle is usually the high goal | You Have My Word(s)

“The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower I don’t know who said we Americans are the... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Alan Bine    Opinion

Seeing some humor in what I'm not seeing | You Have My Word(s)

I happen to like a good challenge, and now I've got one. My left eye is pretty useless, and my so-called good right one seems to be dimming. My double whammy is myopic degeneration... — Updated 8/18/2022


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