In the wake of the sad news of entertainer Robin William’s recent suicide, news and social media outlets were flooded with a predictable flurry of stunned reactions and commentary. How could a man with such fame and wealth, admired and loved by millions, be unhappy enough to actually want to kill himself? If only Williams
Watching The Rockford Files television reruns from the 1970s, there was something reassuring in recent years knowing the show’s star, actor James Garner, was still around. Garner, who died this past week at the age of 86, had been through cardiac bypass surgery in his 60s and in recent years had also suffered a stroke.
Or shopping mall murderer? Or movie theater murderer? Or elementary school murderer? A few thoughts on the senseless violence we see around us. This commentary is from a Feb. 24, 2008 op-ed I wrote for The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. It has been lightly edited for this website. As I near the exit for
In 1989 I drove from San Francisco to visit the Napa Valley an hour and a half north. On my itinerary was a visit to the Glen Ellen Winery and the nearby Jack London State Park. I was also eager to visit the Jack London Bookstore located in the small town of Glen Ellen a
In light of the recent tragic violence in Aurora, Colorado, I would like to share the Op-Ed I wrote in the wake of the mass shooting at Northern Illinois University in 2008. It originally appeared under the title, “What Makes Someone a Campus Murderer?” in the Feb. 24, 2008 edition of The Pantagraph, the daily Lee Enterprises newspaper