This & That

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David Cuin


David Cuin worked in a variety of technical and professional roles in the construction industry in Britain, the U.S. and Canada, and is a successful watercolorist and glass artist. A longtime Evergreen resident, he is the author of a textbook on color in arts and crafts and co-author of the popular “Seasons of Evergreen” book (


Measuring Up

The platinum/iridium bar that was the meter standard up to 1960. The definition is now based on a fraction of the speed of light. A simple question I am often asked is how the price of gas in England compares with the price here. A simple query, but life is...

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End of an Age

The second Elizabethan age has drawn to a close and a new monarch, King Charles III, now occupies the throne of Britain. As I write, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is yet to take place, and the pomp and circumstance of a British monarch’s death is in progress...

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In Victorian times, the Tuke family of northern England were Quaker philanthropists who contributed greatly to the treatment and housing of the insane. A misfit in their portfolio was a small cocoa factory in York that was being operated by a manager named Henry...

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Strength from Weakness

It’s there in your garage. It expands and contracts, just a little, with every shift in humidity like a living, breathing creature. It may be in your house, too, in some closet, pantry or cupboard, more than likely in the attic. It may hold your long-forgotten...

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Black-Nosed Barking Dogs

It sounds like something the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas might have written in his story titled “Under Milk Wood.” Perhaps it’s a vestige of memory from reading that work long ago. Though not all dogs have black noses, there are certainly many who bark. I had a beloved...

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The Shell Game

Wendi Peterson is a collector, but her desired objects are very specific: the myriad forms of seashells that wash up on the ocean’s margins, and she has quite a collection. It began when she first took her 4-year-old daughter to a beach many years ago. It just...

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Reaching for the Skies

It may seem to an aspiring pilot that a career in flying is at once exciting and glamorous. Often forgotten is the heavily regulated, lengthy and expensive training path that leads to such an occupation. To some, perhaps, it is the challenge of developing the ability...

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Say What?

English is one of the easiest languages to learn at a basic level, but one of the most difficult to become fluent in. While this is a gross generalization because it depends entirely on the linguistic origin of the person learning, it is, nonetheless, generally true....

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What Do You Tell Them?

Life for those who have weathered the storms of school, difficult enough in this age of readily available drugs and alcohol, ever-present bullying, and greater sexual awareness, has become especially so with the global pandemic raging. I currently have two grandsons...

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The Pink House

"Receiving a second refusal, he drew a gun and shot at her."Carlos Antoni Cosme Damia Casagemus i Coll was born to upper-class parents in the city of Barcelona, Spain in 1880. His father spoke several languages, worked as the general secretary of a company, and was...

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