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Saturday, August 24, 2019
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  • The big news announced this month is that scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the avocado. You know, that’s the green, creamy, pear-shaped fruit (botanically a berry by definition) with the alligator skin and the big ...
  • Last week, I offered a primer with tips for the first-time, part-time summer job worker. We covered how to shut off your phone, your clothing and the fact that, against all logic, you will probably be expected to wear shoes. Yes, it’s been ...
  • Hey kids, it’s late but there’s still time to snag a summer job for extra cash that, try as you might, you just can’t wring out of your parents. Working this summer will not only make you a few bucks but it may even give you that rush of ...
  • In the process of installing a toilet in a remodeled bathroom, I could not find a wax ring in my extensive inventory of plumbing parts that I’ve unintentionally accumulated over the years. This took me by surprise as I now have ...
  • Amongst the fun foods in the food pyramid is one of my favorites: watermelon. What’s that? No, there is no major food group in the layers of the food pyramid called “fun foods.” You have to trek over to the south side of the pyramid ...
  • Have you been mulling over the significance of 36,500 lately? I know I have. And even though my friends have been … okay, even though my friend has been giving me that look of suspicion, I continue to ponder the implications of that ...
  • People who occasionally paint their homes are running around stocking up on supplies and six-packs of beer because they feel that painting season is upon us. Actually, painting as a chore or occupation has no season. You can paint ...
  • They’re coming to get us. After years of being swatted, smoked, squished, poisoned and harvested by the ton on windshields and in outdoor lighting fixtures, the bugs are coming to get us. And who can blame them? It’s not like ...
  • No, I’m not in Peru. It’s much worse than that: my daughter is in Peru. At least as far as my wife and I can tell, she is in Peru. It’s hard to know what your adult children are up to. It was hard to keep up with what they were doing before ...
  • Are you fluent in English? I like to think that I am but sometimes I have my doubts. That leaves me at a great disadvantage, because my Polish is limited to nursery rhymes and drinking songs and my best phrase in Spanish is lo siento pero ...
  • It shouldn’t be a surprise: Father’s Day comes every year at this time so you may as well get used to it. There should be no panic except that there always is with everyone running around wondering what to do for Father’s Day....
  • Everyone, please stay calm. People tend to forget it’s coming but hang on to your hats and loosen your belts because the first Friday of June is, at last, National Doughnut Day. Besides apple pie and dieting, what could be more American ...
  • San Francisco recently banned the use of facial recognition technology by city agencies. The city’s Board of Supervisors figured the Orwellian risks are very significant and grave, outweighing any potential benefits. Well, they never had to ...
  • I have an interest in working with electronics. I sometimes buy small electronic circuit boards on eBay that are shipped directly from China. The Chinese are very, very polite and quite aggressive salespeople. They really want your business....
  • Do you have a problem underestimating how much time it will take to complete projects? I know I do. Plans are made with the lofty expectations of completing projects in a timely manner only to have the tasks continually pushed ...
  • Before Mother’s Day, I thought it would be fun to take my wife to attend an evening program at our local opera house entitled “Moms Tell All.” What’s that? Yes, I live in Maine, where we still have opera houses in many of ...
  • Last week, my wife and I took a train trip. Yes, believe it, passenger trains still run in America. No, no, I’m not talking about Disneyland or those tourist trains that take you from Point A to Point A; I’m talking about bona fide trains pulled ...
  • Everyone likes new things. This is because they generally function as if they are new and, in general, they are really clean. Sometimes they are shiny and, for me, there is something inherently attractive and intriguing about shiny ...
  • Last week I reported on my flight from the East Coast to Seattle demonstrating the cheerless and dispiriting adventure that commercial flying around the country can be. After more than a week on the West Coast, I was taken aback to find ...
  • Not a fan of commercial airlines, I recently did consent to take a quick trip to the West Coast with my wife only because winter here in Maine has affected my thinking. I reasoned that a continental round-trip would be preferable to ...
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