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The Rossmoor News is published weekly by a paid professional staff, and distributed to every resident. The paper is 60-plus pages long, and allocates space for editorial columns and features, some politically oriented, others more general. In his own column, Hergert has written about topics that happen to catch his interest: books, movies, food, travel, nature, current events, places, human-interest anecdotes, or memories from his own life experiences. The tone of his column is generally light, sometimes humorous, with the aim to amuse and inform.
This book is a collection of three dozen pieces originally published in the Rossmoor News. Although the writing Hergert does for the News may sometimes convey a distinctly local context, this collection contains a diverse variety of general-interest stories. In these pages you'll read about: the transition from Paris to Rossmoor; the mystery of coq-au-vin; pizza dough as physical therapy; a tale of Christmas in Paris; reflections on bird watching and memory; life and chicken stew in West Africa; Afghanistan in less troubled times; the Ten Commandments and a curious meeting; a travel journal along the California coast; book reviews and movie reviews; life with prosopagnosia (in the title story, "Do I know you?"); how to live with Montaigne; how to make blueberry pancakes; how to use zucchini and arugula in a pasta dish; and how to stuff a turkey.
Even if you don't live at Rossmoor, even if you're younger than 55 - and even if you've never taken a ride in a golf cart - you'll find a bounty of compelling, amusing, and revealing reading in this collection of personal stories.