Heinz ketchup is excellence in a bottle

Have you ever seen a person working a room and turned to someone who might know and asked, “Who is that?” Just such an occasion occurred when I first got to know my old friend Joe Arciniega. Joe was one of those guys who seemed to know everyone in the room and if you didn’t know him it wouldn’t be long before you would. He always seemed

Live and let live, or food for thought

Nelson Clyde, isitjustme@tylerpaper.com Nelson, stop being ridiculous!” my mom said. “But mom it’s really good,” I protested. “I don’t want to hear another word about it,” she closed with an unfamiliar finality. Mom was usually the support base of my coloring outside the lines but this time she was adamant. More on that

How sweet it is -- and even sweeter by adding a bit of salt

For some crazy reason, a memory of adding salt to watermelon to enhance the flavor came to mind recently. Maybe it was the dark chocolate we enjoyed with salt added. Other memories came up, including salting cantaloupe but not honeydew melon. Some people salt pineapple to draw out the sweetness.

Is it just me? A lot of baloney

In the past week, we had a lengthy discussion of what things in this life are better or worse than they once were. Readers were encouraged to submit their notions of such things.

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Live and let live, or food for thought

Nelson, stop being ridiculous!” my mom said. “But mom it’s really good,” I protested. “I don’t want to hear another word about…

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Is it just me? A lot of baloney

In the past week, we had a lengthy discussion of what things in this life are better or worse than they once…

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Our changing world

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Beatlemania and the new world

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The thing about vision

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A crisis everyone can embrace

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Pardon, your Cilantro is showing

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10 January 2015 [09:38 PM]
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Chloe needs a good lawyer

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The thing about lists

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20 December 2014 [08:17 PM]
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Shopping 'til you drop

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My Christmas angst

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Too much information

A friend was telling me about his family gathering this Thanksgiving. He spent the day at his grandparents and they ate a…

29 November 2014 [09:26 PM]
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Counting the days

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22 November 2014 [07:25 PM]
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A tale of two neighbors

My friend and neighbor Royce Wisenbaker died last week. He was 57. I was trying to remember my first encounter with Royce…

17 November 2014 [11:16 PM]
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The Christmas tree genius

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Fear and loathing in America

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Hallow-what?

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The Wonder Drug

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