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FAMILY TABLE STAKES

FAMILY TABLE STAKES »

By: John Gaffney

To paraphrase the genius of Frank Vincent Zappa, I believe that writing about food is like dancing about architecture. Writing about dining, however, that I... more

Beach Reads For Stormy Weather

Beach Reads For Stormy Weather »

By: John Gaffney

Beach Reads For Stormy Weather Full disclosure: I read a lot of books at the same time. I don't recommend this. Part of it is my distracted mentality. Part... more

GT OFF YR PHONE:  ITS IMPTNT 2 GET OUT

GT OFF YR PHONE: ITS IMPTNT 2 GET OUT »

By: John Gaffney

If you have kids, grandkids, or you are a kid—have I left anyone out?)—you face a unique challenge for this era. In a word: smartphones. I will argue that... more

THE JOURNALIST’S  MANTRA Or the importance of being Bob Dotson

THE JOURNALIST’S MANTRA Or the importance of being Bob Dotson »

By: John Gaffney

I’m going to mention Bob Dotson. And by mentioning Bob Dotson, I am the second-best journalist on this page, and anybody else I would mention on this page... more

THE COURAGE TO CREATE Tonight you might read the best writer you ever read. Right here.

THE COURAGE TO CREATE Tonight you might read the best writer you ever read. Right here. »

By: John Gaffney

I took a gap year in college. Because I was destined to start a rock ’n’ roll band. Destined. It was going to be a loose,  rhythmic incarnation of The... more

ON THE RASTA-LIKE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING TO LOCAL RADIO

ON THE RASTA-LIKE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING TO LOCAL RADIO »

By: John Gaffney

I love the radio. Always have since I was a kid. Although this will surrender my age in fossil carbon-dating terms, I remember listening to the Top 10 every... more

LIFE AND THE PINK SLEIGH Pay attention to that Christmas shop. It might be important someday.

LIFE AND THE PINK SLEIGH Pay attention to that Christmas shop. It might be important someday. »

By: John Gaffney

Not everybody who lives on the Shoreline is from the Shoreline. That’s what makes it a horse race, my aunt used to tell me. If you were born and raised here,... more