Inga

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  • Let Inga Tell You: NYT crossword can really be a puzzle

    Let Inga Tell You: NYT crossword can really be a puzzle

    LET INGA TELL YOU: You can always test whether someone is a serious cruciverbalist (crossword puzzle person) if they know the answer to the clue "Bambi's aunt." Also if they do the puzzle in ink. Of course, there is a huge practice effect with crosswords. I initially started doing them because...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Married to Spider-Man

    Let Inga Tell You: Married to Spider-Man

    LET INGA TELL YOU: If it's early fall in La Jolla, there are spider webs everywhere. They seem to be especially fond of my house. I'm not particular bug-phobic. But I've never managed to make friends with spiders. However, my husband, Mr. Spider, is probably their biggest fan. The other night he...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Olof's ultimate worst meal

    Let Inga Tell You: Olof's ultimate worst meal

    LET INGA TELL YOU: Recently I noticed a recipe in AARP Magazine for Kimchi Stew that I cut out for Olof. I noted that Kimchi Stew combined his two least favorite foods — kimchi (popular with his first wife) and tofu — into what would be his Ultimate Worst Meal. OK, maybe penultimate worst meal....

  • Let Inga Tell You: The barbarian invasion

    Let Inga Tell You: The barbarian invasion

    LET INGA TELL YOU: If there is one thing we can observe about our five young beloved grandchildren — fondly referred to by my husband as "the destroyers of peace" — it is that they have just as much energy as they have ever had, but we have way less. We recently had them for a three-day weekend...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Has technology become too technical?

    Let Inga Tell You: Has technology become too technical?

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I've been using computers, printers and scanners for several decades now so you'd think I'd have the hang of them. But every new version becomes increasingly unfriendly and unworkable. Am I just getting stupider? No, don't answer. My personal theory is that technology has just...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Communication-disabled relatives

    Let Inga Tell You: Communication-disabled relatives

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I was thrilled to see my cousin Sandy's e-mail address pop up in my In-Box. What's Sandy up to? I wondered. Turns out, not much. The e-mail was sent to everyone in Sandy's address book from a friend of hers announcing the date and time of Sandy's funeral. From this, I could only...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Who'd be a mother?

    Let Inga Tell You: Who'd be a mother?

    LET INGA TELL YOU: A friend sent this e-mail: "Ethan totally disgraced me in the Easter play at nursery school. He refused to be a raindrop, didn't sing any of the songs or play his musical instrument or participate in it any way — all of which I could easily accept. What mortified me was that...

  • Let Inga Tell You: A matter of taste

    Let Inga Tell You: A matter of taste

    LET INGA TELL YOU: Olof and I are compatible in so many ways, but not in books and movies. Or more specifically, movies made out of books. Olof loves fantasy stuff — "Harry Potter" (he's read all of them twice), "Lord of the Rings," "Star Wars." Me, I can't figure out how the actors keep a straight...

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