Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Surreal Reflections on the Death Penalty

John Kitzhaber sat in his Capitol office surrounded by bulky, temporary telephone lines. It was early autumn, leaves were falling and days were growing shorter. But for the governor in … Continue reading

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My Personal Letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump, To be totally upfront, I didn’t vote for you, I don’t agree with most of your policies and, truth be told, I don’t really like you. But … Continue reading

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Random Acts of Humanity

Five random recent news accounts tell a very different story about immigrants, including refugees from Syria and Somalia, than the storyline lurking behind the Trump administration travel ban. Many refugees know … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Your Own Obituary Before Someone Else Does

As your age inches toward a number that begins with a 7, thoughts of mortality naturally arise. Especially when your wife suggests that I start working on my own obit. “You’re … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Role Model for Women; Eye-Opener for Men

The late Mary Tyler Moore undeniably influenced generations of young women who watched her throw her hat into the air and her heart into a career. Less obviously, she also … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Got (Too Much) Milk?

Getting milk used to be a lot easier. As a kid, all I had to do was go out on the porch and retrieve glass quart bottles of milk delivered to … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Confessions of a Wordaholic

By now you know I love words. Colorful words. Onomatopoeic words. Words dripping with meaning. Newly minted words. The Washington Post published its annual list of neologisms that deserve adoption … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment