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2012 LETTERS

Finding Fire in the Ashes (December 12, 2012)

"An occasional vast tsunami here or there, and very often a war almost everywhere...We are ready for things to be right again, but how?" To read more, click here.

Risky Business (November 28, 2012)

"In the present, small, nimble companies, often running by quite different rules, are showing up old monopoly players stuck with notions from the past." To read more, click here.

Miss Otis Regrets (November 14, 2012)

"Ms. Baldrige will be unable to make our next lunch...and we are certain that she will somehow be sending her regrets." To read more, click here.

Real Life In Portlandia (October 31, 2012)

"Portlandia jokes it's where young adults go to retire. I beg to differ. It's where adults of all age go to make a life, in a city that is human scale, loves dogs, bikes, books, food, wine, and the great outdoors." To read more, click here.

A Taste of the Old Sod (October 17, 2012)

"...it is the strongly ethnic urban spots that offer [honest] cuisine...To have greatness in food, one must capture a sense of place." To read more, click here.

Hitch and Irwin: Warriors for Hard Times (October 3, 2012)

"He was passionately wrong about a lot of things, but so are we all. We just lack the passion.'" To read more, click here.

Keeping Your Head, While Others Are Losing Theirs (September 19, 2012)

"There's an old shipboard saying, 'If you can keep your head, while all about you, others are losing theirs, then you're out of your bloomin' mind.'" To read more, click here.

Living Well Is The Best Revenge (September 5, 2012)

"...the man who lives well not only enjoys himself but that his life serves as a rebuke to those unhappy souls who do not drink from the fulsome cocktail of self expression, ardor, and purpose." To read more, click here.

Jefferson's Garden vs. Hamilton's Bank (August 22, 2012)

"...we sense that we need our rural life and wild spaces, not just to resist a dangerously flawed urban culture. We need our gardens and our trees if we are to have any life at all." To read more, click here.

Randy Tortoises, Yellow-Eared Parrots, Iran in Mississippi, Thirty Dollar Cellphones (August 1, 2012)

"There are spots on earth –Timbuktu, Everest, the Galapagos---that are magic vortices, which draw men into their embrace, even if these remotenesses are not tricked out with all the media-driven artifice of the world's great cities." To read more, click here.

But I Do Digress (July 18, 2012)

"Digression, we should add, is the sine qua non of great conversation. If one is to understand the world and achieve a global point of view, one cannot focus on the head of the pin." To read more, click here.

How to Celebrate the Fourth: Good for What Ails Ya (July 4, 2012)

"The Fourth of July is all about liberty. Perhaps this year it is most about liberating ourselves from the rut in which we find ourselves." To read more, click here.

The Philadelphia Story (June 13, 2012)

"[Philadelphia] has everything going for it, but it never quite went anywhere. But there are all sorts of little signs that the long sleep is over." To read more, click here.

Rowing Together (May 30, 2012)

"It is time, some may think, to realize that we of the earth are in the same boat and that we had best pull on the oars in unison and with a will to go in the same direction." To read more, click here.

Quotable Quotidians (May 9, 2012)

"Some tasty morsels and wry words have drifted our way lately, so we are sharing just a few with you." To read more, click here.

Behind The Times (April 25, 2012)

"In fact, as its very long articles attest, it is very much less our newspaper of record, and ever more a feature magazine that gives us a rather amusing insight into our culture." To read more, click here.

Glimmer of Greatness (April 11, 2012)

"The soul of the nation cries for an end to micro thinking and parochial concerns. Brows are furrowed and people often seem to be running in place. It is time to lift our eyes upward." To read more, click here.

Clear and Present Danger (March 21, 2012)

"It's easier for a while to agonize over questions that don't count than to tackle the tough matters that relate to our prosperity and our survival." To read more, click here.

Bloody Mary Reprise: Quest for the Extraordinary (March 7, 2012)

"I have no problem with experimenting with different types of whiskeys, vermouths or bitters, but apricot liqueur? You've got to be kidding" To read more, click here.

Remaking Bloody Marys (February 22, 2012)

"It has become common enough to insert a small stick of celery in Bloodys: this is tasteless and we are experimenting with a correct replacement " To read more, click here.