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Julia Child was right — fear of fat is fatuous

Julia Child was right — fear of fat is fatuous

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” — Julia Child It seems the celebrated chef Julia Child, who taught Americans French cooking, has been vindicated. An unabashed champion of butter and other fats, Child died two days before her 92nd birthday in 2004. “Fat gives things flavor,” she said. She was cheerfully contemptuous of diet food:...
Of mice and books and trigger warnings

Of mice and books and trigger warnings

Here’s the latest good-news flash: mice actually like running on treadmills. Left to their own devices, wild mice wandering around the neighborhood of an outdoor garden in the Netherlands showed brain scientists who recorded their antics over a period of years that they just like to hop on treadmills and run, for no apparent reason...
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

Naco, Ariz. — The steel-paneled border fence — rising 20 feet above ground, buried 6 feet below — that winds across the Arizona desert past this tiny border town triggers a disheartening sense of déjà vu.   The sight of it took me back to West Berlin on a June day in 1963. President John F. Kennedy made his historic “Ich...
Stolen by a keystroke

Stolen by a keystroke

Your refrigerator can send spam emails. Ford Motor Co. knows if you have committed a crime while driving your car. Someone far away can slam on your brakes while you’re traveling at highway speeds, jerk your steering wheel and shut down your engine. Your e-book can read you, telling the author how fast you’re reading,...
The pope, the rich and the rest

The pope, the rich and the rest

I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor. — Pope Francis By Solveig Torvik This Christmas season a riveting message is emanating from the mothership of Christianity in Rome. Make that the fathership. Admittedly it’s hard to take seriously moral...
Can this presidency be saved?

Can this presidency be saved?

By Solveig Torvik Five years ago this month, Barack Hussein Obama surfed into the Oval Office on a massive wave of adulation and hope. That wave has collapsed and receded, leaving Obama stranded on a shoreline littered with the detritus of disappointment, failure and plunging poll numbers. Some of this is just the normal ebb...
American, um, exceptionalism

American, um, exceptionalism

By Solveig Torvik Just the other day, in the midst of the already-forgotten Syrian crisis, our very good friend President Vladimir Putin of Russia sent us Americans warm greetings, plus advice on how to improve our national character. He’s disturbed, it seems, that we keep harping on how exceptional we are as a nation. “It...
Speed kills

Speed kills

By Solveig Torvik As a reward for fealty and forbearance, readers of this column from time to time are treated to free financial advice. This month is just such an occasion, and here it is: Invest in oyster and Alaska king crab futures. That is, if you can figure out how to give them a...
The irreversible tipping point

The irreversible tipping point

By Solveig Torvik During these lovely summer days here in our Magic Methow World, the last thing anyone wants to hear about is unlovely weather. But pesky climate scientists persist in annoying us with weather forecasts none of us want to hear. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) already has laid the American Meteorological...
And there's more!

And there’s more!

July 31, 2013 BY SOLVEIG TORVIK Thinking of giving up email in favor of old-fashioned snail mail delivered by the United States Postal Service to avoid government snooping? Or thinking of giving up Internet shopping and going back to old-timey brick and mortar stores to protect your privacy? Think again. We’ve hardly digested the news...