Inga

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  • Let Inga Tell You: Oreo

    Let Inga Tell You: Oreo

    LET INGA TELL YOU: It's ironic that only two weeks ago I wrote a column that included the saga of the death of a friend's pet white rat, Snowball. When I wrote about the loss of our beloved bull dog, Winston, in 2016 there was an outpouring of support from readers who had been equally flattened...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Social media for dogs

    Let Inga Tell You: Social media for dogs

    LET INGA TELL YOU: When we take Lily out for a walk, there are certain places she sniffs and others where she sniffs but also pees. It took me a while, but I've now broken the code: this is social media for dogs. Each time she stops and sniffs, she's reading the messages left by her canine counterparts....

  • Let Inga Tell You: A tale of two rodents

    Let Inga Tell You: A tale of two rodents

    LET INGA TELL YOU: The hysterical call came in at 9:30 one night. A caregiver at the home of a disabled friend was on the other end, so distressed that I could only assume her client had shuffled off this mortal coil. But it was worse than that. There was a rat in the kitchen. Now let me just say...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Amazingly, it wasn't a scam

    Let Inga Tell You: Amazingly, it wasn't a scam

    LET INGA TELL YOU: When the service garage manager told me my car failed its smog test because I don't drive on freeways enough, I was sure I was being scammed. I'd had this experience once before years ago at the now-defunct service station on Pearl and Eads, where they told me my 5-year-old Camry...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Droning on

    Let Inga Tell You: Droning on

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I've already written about the slide rule I bought Olof for Christmas that has warmed his geeky heart, and also the birthstone stud earrings I bought for my 8-year-old granddaughter — the first jewelry gift I've ever bought for a child or grandchild. (As previously noted, my...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Tidying; The Inga Method

    Let Inga Tell You: Tidying; The Inga Method

    LET INGA TELL YOU: You can hardly pick up a magazine these days without reading about the Japanese uber-organizer Marie Kondo whose best-selling book about tidying advises only keeping things that "spark joy." Does that include husbands and children? Now, I'm hugely happy/joyful with my second...

  • Let Inga Tell You: It's a question of balance

    Let Inga Tell You: It's a question of balance

    LET INGA TELL YOU: It's a topic I've written about before, but "smart" appliances have totally run amok. Some months ago, I wrote about a friend's dryer that had an auto "wrinkle control" feature that fluffed up dried clothes every 30 seconds until the door was opened. The friends went on a trip...

  • Let Inga Tell You: The joy of granddaughters

    Let Inga Tell You: The joy of granddaughters

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I wrote last week about finding the ideal Christmas gift for Olof: a slide rule. I'd like to report that it is being lovingly slid on a daily basis. Who knew there were so many reasons to calculate a logarithm? But this Christmas was special for another milestone: For the first...

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