Herb Benham

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    HERB BENHAM: Face it: Women harsh judges of own beauty

    By Herb Benham
    Friday, Dec 19 2014 12:00 PM

    A friend told me his wife had been to the hairdresser and when she returned, she was quiet. It was Saturday. Saturday is a happy day. A day filled with soccer games, bike rides and, occasionally, wives deep in thought.

    There is quiet and there is the Joycean quiet of deep snow falling over a country cemetery. The I'd-rather-not-talk quiet. Hers spoke with a wordless eloquence.

    She was there, and she was not there. She had things on her mind that were not of the cheery Saturday ilk. "What's wrong?" he asked, exhibiting the intuition with which husbands are blessed, sensing that it might have something to do with having been at the hairdresser's.

    "It's a girl thing," she answered. "A girl thing." Three words that might as well be...

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    HERB BENHAM: He just rolled up his sleeve and gave - and gave

    If someone gave me a license plate frame for my birthday, I'd be frothed, tell them to take it back and remind them I could go to Pep Boys and buy one for $4.99. However, a license plate frame from Houchin Blood Bank packs a punch when it...

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    HERB BENHAM: This fire starter as green as his wood

    Rain cometh, wind blowth, December hereth. I bought half a cord of almond recently. "Dump it on the side of the house," I said. "I'll stack it myself." That's the law. A man has to stack his own firewood. It's like coiling a hose --...

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    HERB BENHAM: Baby prompts name-calling discussion

    "I'd like to talk to you about two things," Sue said while we were driving to her parents' for dinner on Sunday. If there are two things, one could be good and the other might lean toward the instructive side. Instructive. Something that...

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    HERB BENHAM: Christmas letter a good news/bad news deal

    Conversation on a recent morning walk included: "Do you know it's time for the Christmas letter?" The Christmas letter? Again? Didn't I write the last one yesterday? The conversation also included, "We have to pick up our tree on Friday....

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    HERB BENHAM: Forget Springsteen; call me the Boss

    A friend eating at a restaurant texted and asked how I felt about being called "Boss." My sense was that he felt ambivalence about being called Boss," ambivalence bordering on distaste. Boss? Usually when I'm called Boss, my limbs get...

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    HERB BENHAM: Brother, can you spare a 20 and some change?

    Wednesday, I had a surprise waiting for me at work. "Herb, I need a favor," said Jennifer, my editor. "I have to hold a sign for the company fundraiser from 10 to 11, and I am buried. Could you take my slot?" I'd seen the people standing...

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    HERB BENHAM: Rain - a miracle in half inches

    Finally, rain. Not a trace, either, but half an inch. That's like half a cord of almond -- substantial. Tuesday morning, I stayed in bed through the 5, 5:30 5:45 and 6 a.m. wakeup calls. Time to play hooky and listen to the symphony being...

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    HERB BENHAM: The best of times this holiday season

    Sadness differs from exquisite sadness, the latter coming when cars pull away with children and guests making their way home after Thanksgiving. "Exquisite" because they were good, it was good and, as a family, we were, too. Human...

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    HERB BENHAM: Gone too long from the gridiron environs

    From our house, you can hear the band play, the crowd roar and the announcer's voice rise when the home team breaks loose and runs for glory. In imagination, in affection and in memory, we never left. However, pleasant background noise is...

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    HERB BENHAM: My vest-laid plans, poked full of holes

    Cold outside. It's sweater vest time -- what a look -- although there are friends who think vests are dorky and would prefer not to be seen with people who wear them. I own three, which is nothing compared to Carl, the tux guy, with whom...

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    HERB BENHAM: Saving her life saved his too

    Caryn has a new kidney, Darren a new start and as of Oct. 25, when they were married, a new life together. Hard to know which had the bigger problem. Start with 55-year-old Darren Sauro. On Nov. 14, 2008, he lost his Los Angeles home in...

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    HERB BENHAM: Computer virus spreads goodwill

    Recently a virus took over my computer and sent emails to everybody in my address book about a wealth management program offered through Wells Fargo Bank. My druthers would have been to blame it on my friend Gene because the first email...

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