Bringing some law and order to our country | Pat Cashman

The other day, I thought of a new law that ought to be enacted.

  • Jun 30, 2008

It’s important to recycle in our high-tech world

As co-owner of a technology company, it is my role and responsibility to stay up-to-date on the arrival and adaptation of as many technological ideas, innovations and practices as humanly possible.

  • Jun 28, 2008

Teachers weave the living fabric of society

Several years ago, I watched a thought-provoking film, The Great Divorce, based on the book by C. S. Lewis.

  • Jun 26, 2008

Time to celebrate and play it safe

With Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate. But before your family celebrates this year, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

  • Jun 26, 2008

Attention couch potatoes: Look for the EnergyStar logo on new TVs

Thinking of buying a new television? Well, apparently you are not alone if a new jumbo-tronic video monster is calling your name. According to a consumer survey taken this May, more Americans than ever are thinking of getting a new TV.

  • Jun 25, 2008

What should we do about high gas prices?

Every candidate for president, the U.S. Senate and Congress should be asked the following question this year: Do you want the price of gasoline to come down?

Time for downtown to get a makeover

Downtown Redmond needs a makeover.

  • Jun 25, 2008

Deleted digital photos may not be entirely lost | Tech Talk

A Q&A feature on various tech questions.

  • Jun 23, 2008

A wagging tail beats good looks every time | Pat Cashman

Among the sights I have yet to see is that of a protestor marching in front of the corporate headquarters of Raid, carrying a placard that says, “End the killing of spiders, fleas, houseflies, chiggers, mealworms and cockroaches!”

  • Jun 23, 2008

Redmond grads: rise up and make a difference

So you’ve graduated, now what? Over the past couple weeks, several hundred students from Redmond threw their flat hats into the air — knowing that they will soon come down to Earth. Capped by throwing your caps in the air, high school graduation is a day devoted to celebrating an important point in students’ lives. Examinations are finally over, scruffiness is replaced with fancy clothes and parents admire their children for reaching the finishing line of a long marathon. Most of all, it is a time of unrestrained optimism.

  • Jun 23, 2008

Tim Russert’s lessons for life

What makes someone great at what they do? What propels them to the top of the pack?

Getting the urge to take it outside

Our Pacific Northwest climate generally limits outdoor dining activities to 3 or 4 months of the year.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Ocain and McBama: An election primer

First off, I won’t be endorsing either of the presidential candidates in John McCain or Barack Obama.

  • Jun 16, 2008

A Father’s Day snapshot | Pat Cashman

Father’s Day is coming up this week, and so is my dad’s 85th birthday. I sure wish he were going to be here to celebrate both occasions, but he’s been gone for 20 years. Digging through a bunch of old photos of him the other day, I came across one from Fathers Day 1964. I was startled. It was a photo of our entire family — me, my four brothers and mom dutifully facing the camera, posing the way conventional people do. Except for dad. He is facing backwards. Why was he facing backwards? Simply because it looked funny, I guess. Or maybe he was showing off a new haircut. There was no other reason.

  • Jun 14, 2008

Dad’s day of rest

Growing up, I didn’t get to see my dad as much as most kids.

Fresh summer salads are a breeze to make

Summer is approaching and fresh fruit is arriving in the stores.

  • Jun 12, 2008

All the smarts in the world still can’t keep some afloat | Pat Cashman

Ever met one of those people who seemingly can do everything? I know a guy like that. He speaks approximately 47 different languages fluently, including Esperanto. He can play 14 musical instruments — simultaneously.

  • Jun 11, 2008

Carlson: 6 VP ideas for Obama not named Hillary

With his party’s nomination in hand, would Barack Obama be better off with Hillary Clinton as his running mate? Obviously she thinks so. If she’s not on the ticket and Obama wins, she’ll be sidelined for at least four and perhaps eight years, at which point she’ll be 68.

Family crises all about how you handle them

Every family experiences painful losses. Beloved pets and family members die. So do hopes and marriages. Tragedies and accidents happen, unfortunately. As parents, we may not be able to protect our children from crisis or loss, but we can react in a way that prevents it from tearing the family apart. What matters isn’t whether you have a crisis, but how you handle it.

  • Jun 11, 2008

How to defrost your frozen computer

Q: My two year old PC, running Windows XP Professional freezes up several times a day and I have to restart it using the power button.

  • Jun 5, 2008