Marion Franck

Franckly speaking: Listen for Noise Awareness Day April 28

Democrat columnist When I was young and single and doing my best to play without getting pregnant, I was intensely concerned about protection. Little did I know that in my 60s I would again feel concerned about protection, but that I would be protecting something else. My ears. I admit: not as exciting or fun, […]

Frankly speaking Yes, I go to the movies, just not movies like this

Democrat columnist I finally went to see ÒAvatarÓ Ñ not for myself, but for Ed. Ed is a friend who doesnÕt live in Davis but reads my column via e-mail. We were together a couple of weekends ago talking about Oscars, when my husband shared my dark secret. ÒYou wonÕt believe what Marion does in […]

Frankly speaking: Angel Island: A place of hope, a place of misery

Democrat columnist IÕm a person who has to be dragged to graduation Ñ any graduation. I will go if I seriously love the person who is graduating, but otherwise, I donÕt have the patience to watch dozens Ñ sometimes hundreds Ñ of people step onto a stage, walk across, shake someoneÕs hand, and step down. […]

Frankly speaking: Sometimes an inn is more than a place to stay

Democrat columnist I am in the lobby of the Quality Inn in Palo Alto putting together my free breakfast of waffle and orange juice, when I realize that the man behind the desk is worried about me. He has seen me several times in the six months IÕve been coming here, at check-in, check-out or […]

Franckly speaking: Computer intelligence: Is it artificial or the real thing?

Democrat columnist I remember the first time someone told me that a computer could perform human tasks. I didnÕt believe it, especially when he said that it could stand in for a therapist. ÒHere, try it,Ó he insisted, logging me onto a program called Eliza. This happened in the 1970s, the early days of Òartificial […]

Frankly speaking: WhatÕs it like to live where winter is for real?

Democrat columnist Two things prevented me from purchasing a Spiderman-style mask that would shield everything except my eyes from the cold. The first was the knowledge that many perfectly normal people live in cold climates without resorting to gimmicky masks. The second was the fact that I used to be one of those people. Madison, […]

Frankly speaking: Internet reaction to accident comes strong and fast

Deomcrat columnist The Thanksgiving weekend accident that got the most local coverage was devastating but Òtypical,Ó the kind of thing you read about too often. What made it different for me was that it took place on a road I have driven at least 100 times. Salmon Falls Road, northeast of Folsom Lake, is a […]

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