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 (


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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The Weirdness of Water and Cold Feet

"...if ice sank to the bottom as it formed, the polar oceans would look very different from the icy continents they are."About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and it makes up, on average, about 60 percent of the human body (45-75 percent). We are...

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Tenez la Gauche

Readers of last month’s article with some knowledge of the French language will realize that this probably isn’t about ‘holding the clumsy.’ However, the handedness discussion the article contained is surprisingly relevant to what seems to many Americans to be a...

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On the Other Hand

"Five of the last seven Presidents of the U.S. were left-handed and that speaks for itself!"I’m sure I must have several friends and relations who are left-handed, but I try to keep the proportion of lefts to rights no greater than the Western norm of about 10 percent...

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Ephemeral Beauties

There can be few more delightful sights than the butterflies that grace our wildflowers and what plants the deer leave in our gardens. I am not a lover of insects, generally, but who can fail to enjoy the butterflies’ colorful presence and zany progress through the...

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