Sholeh Patrick

What to look for in a judge

May 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Shout out to political independents: Don’t miss today’s nonpartisan races — it’s not just a primary. In addition to the party primaries for congressional, legislative, state, and local offices, today’s ballot includes a very important, nonp...

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Moms: It’s always the subtle things

May 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

For Mother’s Day, first I’d like to thank my children, who taught me more than any other of life’s experiences (and still do). It wasn’t until I raised my own that I fully understood and appreciated my own mother. Beyond the diapers, dinner...

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Have some veggies with your geometry

May 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed I feel a lot better with less, or no, meat. I still crave a good steak from time to time, but it drags me down longer than a hearty salad or falafel. It’s taken humankind a long time to recognize the value...

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MLP: Plurals aren’t possessive

May 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

Who says wish’s don’t come true? Those tired of Mrs. Language Persons obsessive rambling’s can hold that Snitty Old Bitty true to her promise’s: Her head will explode, sayeth MLP, if she sees yet another plural posed as possessive, especial...

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May Day all but forgotten

May 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

Owen, my friend, this is for you. Before I lament America’s lost appreciation for May Day, with its lovely Maypoles, flowers, and white-garbed, beribboned maidens, I must confess: Until my neighbor, then an adorable little boy of only three...

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22 tips to reduce plastic use

April 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

Tuesday’s column shared the disheartening and almost overwhelming statistics of our increasing, and increasingly Earth-strangling, plastic-filled lives. What can the average person do to reduce it? Here are a few ideas:Carry reusable shoppi...

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Our plastic planet

April 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

I can’t stand clutter, but throwing anything away increasingly consumes me with guilt. So my house furnishings are old, décor outdated, and clothes never in fashion — plenty of use left in what we have. The floating islands of our collectiv...

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Following your tax dollars

April 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

If you haven’t yet filed your income tax forms, you’d better move fast. They must be postmarked today, or if filed electronically, by midnight. The feds need your share of 2017’s estimated $2.2 trillion (individual and corporate) income tax...

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Here’s what you can do about abuse

April 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Often the worst thing about abuse is that it lasts a lifetime in the mind. Ironically, the mind is our first line of defense against it. Like assault and abuse itself — emotional, sexual, or otherwise physical — stereotypes cut both ways. A...

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Dancing reverses aging

April 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

My mama had a dancing heart. So I passed it on. When my son and daughter were little, not only at happy times, but especially after they’d been sad, I turned up the music, grabbed their little hands, and we danced ourselves silly until joy ...

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