Inga

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  • Let Inga Tell You: My criminal past

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I recently ran a column on the subject of teenage vandals on Halloween. What I didn't mention — and I confess it's been haunting me a bit — is that I have a brief history of teenager criminal behavior myself. I think it would be classified as Grand Theft Fruit and I'm not entirely...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Careers your high school counselor never mentioned

    Let Inga Tell You: Careers your high school counselor never mentioned

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I continue to be impressed with how many really interesting careers are out there that I never knew existed. For example, in a column I wrote some months ago on colonoscopies, I came upon the work of one Mike Levitt described as "the world's authority on intestinal gas." As I...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Generations forward and back

    Let Inga Tell You: Generations forward and back

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I've mentioned before that the problem with living in the same house for 45 years is that one has a tendency not to clean out files in a timely manner. One advantage of this, however, is that in my efforts to finally tackle this task, I came upon a folder of several hundred pages...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Treat or treat or else

    Let Inga Tell You: Treat or treat or else

    LET INGA TELL YOU: Halloween is approaching again — one of my most and least favorite holidays. But before we go further, let me make one thing clear: no matter what your teenager says he or she did on Halloween, they're lying. I'm not trying to cast aspersions on your particular kid but after...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Geek Fest

    Let Inga Tell You: Geek Fest

    LET INGA TELL YOU: It was no accident that the other wives and I were not invited to Olof's college roommate reunion in the Pacific Northwest. This was the ultimate Geek Tour. It's actually fairly amazing that these six physics majors, now 70, have managed to stay in such close contact all these...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Partners in crime

    Let Inga Tell You: Partners in crime

    LET INGA TELL YOU: At my granddaughter's first birthday, her mother tore off a small piece of the baby-sized chocolate cake and gave it to her. My granddaughter ignored it, picked up the cake itself, and buried her face in it. I knew absolutely at that moment that my genes had been thrown forward....

  • Let Inga Tell You: Taking care of business

    Let Inga Tell You: Taking care of business

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I can't believe that after nine years and 300 columns I've never written about toilets. Well, actually I did, but it was about these new high-tech ones that have no obvious flush mechanism, like, say, a handle. In my view, they should be banned from guest bathrooms. But today...

  • 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...

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