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Thursday, December 12, 2019
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  • Again, it’s that time of year when we are compelled to listen to Christmas-themed music we have known all our lives. With any other genre these songs would be called oldies, sometimes prefaced with golden or moldy but old Christmas ...
  • It seems like lying in public has become quite popular recently. Sure, lying has been around since cave men learned to declare the animal skins their partners wore did not make them look fat. But that was all private. Today we have ...
  • Were you prepared for the sudden cold snap we had recently? I thought I was ready but Old Man Winter takes great pleasure crushing that attitude. We call him “Old Man Winter” and not “The Cheerful Winter Chap” because he has ...
  • Have you got all your Fibonacci Day cards and gifts in order? I’m sure you remember that we are very close to Fibonacci Day, the celebration that fills the holiday void between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Every year it falls on November 23 ...
  • Under mild but constant pressure from my wife, I recently switched from white work socks to black, as my Michael Jackson defense of white socks had lost its efficacy. Those of you who shop at the big-box wholesale outlets know that ...
  • Of course, you must already know that 2019 has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. Folks, it doesn’t get much more exciting than this — unless you want to count the Chinese Year of the Rat ...
  • As the universe is wide and deep with subject matter, I usually do not take on political topics. Finding something entertaining to say about politics isn’t all that hard but I would rather tease the amusement out of subjects like avocados or ...
  • I was going to title this column “Don’t Take My Wife Rope Shopping” but I realized that among the bad ideas I have, that’s got to be up there in the top 20. Anyway, first some background. We all have our little areas of expertise ...
  • In my youth, I would get a box of Cracker Jack and tear it open looking for the free toy or prize that was included inside every box. What excitement! I seem to remember getting some pretty cool things, like a spinning top, a magnifying ...
  • In my junior year of high school I had a history teacher who went by the name of Mr. Klinefelter. I’m almost certain he had a first name but it was not the way of our school system to divulge teachers’ first names lest, for example, students ...
  • Sometimes I forget that it’s largely up to me whether I have a good day or not. This I learned from my buddy Jake, who could be by my side all day and have a completely different experience. What I saw as a setback he might see as either ...
  • Do you avoid the self-checkout “service” lanes in your large grocery, department or home supply stores? I know I do. It’s not even a service, as some stores make it out to be. As I see it, it’s more of a lack of service or even a ...
  • As if you need to be reminded, it’s still summer, which is a much better time to work on replacing your old house windows than, say, for example, winter. Looking around at the old houses in Maine, it’s apparent that almost all would ...
  • Oh sure, maybe you get excited but I am not especially ecstatic when I realize it’s time to shop for new work shoes. Curiously, my wife bubbles any time the possibility of shoe shopping comes up. She doesn’t seem to have any ...
  • A person can easily bump along through life never realizing that the land around them has a history. It shouldn’t surprise us but it often does, that the land we live on was fought over, oftentimes more than once. We’re not talking about ...
  • It’s the season for summer fairs and festivals and I’ve been to a lot of them. Each one has its unique qualities but, on the other hand, if you stop looking for the differences they all start to feel the same. In my youth, summer fairs seemed ...
  • 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 ...
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