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A dose of Dan: Aloha, 2013!

2013 has arrived, and the New Year is bursting out of the gate with a wealth of serious news topics for the opinionated among us to engage on. We have the Fiscal Cliff, gun control, threats to Proposition 13 — all juicy subjects with plenty of societal implications for us to sink our teeth into. […]

No Comment / January 13, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: ‘All I Want for Christmas Is…’

Remember the old song, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth?” I’ve caught myself humming the tune as I walk around the house the past few days as we move closer to Christmas. I remember singing the song with my mother when I was a youngster, although when I sing it today […]

No Comment / December 23, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: California dreaming — Can our state be great again?

A handful of news reports over this past week got me thinking about the fate of the Golden State, and specifically whether California, once the jewel of the country in terms of innovation, education and infrastructure, could be great again. No matter which side of the political fence you sit, everyone can agree California is […]

No Comment / December 02, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Endeavor to promote science, math to youth

When I was a teenager I remember my parents calling me out of my bedroom in the evening and politely demanding that I tune into the Carl Sagan television program Cosmos with them when it aired on PBS from time to time. It’s not that I minded hanging out with my parents, I just recall those sessions […]

No Comment / November 01, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Stretch in a new direction

Thirteen months ago, I ruptured my right Achilles heel playing basketball. Needless to say, the injury altered my life. Aside from the surgery, recovery and rehabilitation over the ensuing months, the injury caused me to reevaluate my exercise regimen. For the previous 15 years, my exercise regimen primarily focused on running. Getting my miles in […]

No Comment / October 21, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Take me to the river

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”  —Henry David Thoreau Rivers call out to me. They have for years now, melodically enticing me to escape the thoughts and cares of the world and slip into the peace of a stream — fly rod in […]

No Comment / September 28, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: A third political party with some clout

Each election season many reach a saturation point where we’re numb to the political propaganda being pumped at us by both of our great nation’s largest political parties. Presidential elections generally make the saturation point occur more quickly. I suspect I am already reaching my saturation point this season. I realize we’re still more than […]

No Comment / September 21, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »