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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Late last spring I announced to my wife that I intended to bicycle from here to Key West Florida this fall. She is a very kind woman and so she kept her composure and humored me with a few questions before saying no. . . .
  • Don’t you just love wise sayings and proverbs? I know I do. It’s comforting to read that “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” We all know that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” and no one disagrees that . . .
  • It is hard not to notice that yard sales persist, even though we have discussed these marketplaces in the past. We concluded that our possessions meet at night, decide that something must be done and then force us . . .
  • My wife often accuses me of … oh wait; that’s never a good way to start a sentence and certainly not a column. It is best to say that she sometimes “suggests” I take on too many jobs that should be handled by professionals. . . .
  • Back in college, meaningful conversations were a dime a dozen. Bob Howard from across the hall would walk into my dorm room at 7:45 in the morning and say, “Wake up! Do you want to go to breakfast? Do you believe in . . .
  • Those of you who read the Free Press will often be entertained by delightful information presented in the regular columns. Routinely, you will be thrilled with the details of upcoming events and even get a laugh from news . . .
  • It’s midsummer and, in my neighborhood, you have to watch out for the unsavory local gangs who will give you trouble on these hot, annoying afternoons if they catch you unaware. I know my way around, especially in my own yard ...
  • Planning a remodel or a new building? You might want to spend some time getting to know your builder before committing to any projects that you will have to live with for, oh I don’t know, the next 25 years. At least take a good ...
  • August is, of course, Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month. This is the perfect time to invite your neighborhood kiwifruit over for a backyard barbeque or, more ideally, a Sunday brunch and when they arrive, ask them warmly . . .
  • My bedside alarm clock is an unnecessary complicated piece of electronics. In 2008 I set it to National Public Radio for my morning wake-up call and since I lost the operator’s manual, it would take dedicated research and ...
  • People often stop me in the street to ask, “Is puttering the path to self-fulfillment and world peace?” They are concerned that puttering is great as a recreational activity but shouldn’t we all be getting down to business? . . .
  • About a dozen years ago, a fellow townsperson, better known as “a guy,” called me with an urgent message. There was going to be a public meeting that evening at the town office when our elected officials would discuss ...
  • During the awkward time when I was young, parents didn’t have frank discussions with their children about life. I never got the chance to ask questions to satisfy my burning curiosity on certain subjects. One question I would have ...
  • Now that I’m over 30, I’m getting a little concerned over how short our lives are. Someone is bound to stand up at my funeral to say, “He led a long and productive life.” No, no; if indeed I was productive then, no matter my age, please ...
  • It has bothered me for some time that Chinese fortune cookies rarely contain a fortune or prophesy. What you get today after that great-tasting, sodium-laden Asian meal is a cookie delivering advice or a wise saying....
  • The wacky idea came to me in late May: I could slip into the Democratic National Convention coming up in Philadelphia by posing, of all things, as a journalist. After all, I do have some press credentials … well, I read a lot of good ...
  • You won’t remember this but your dad used to be Superman before the family came along. I’m not suggesting that family is like kryptonite but a young man’s power and invincibility, both real and imaginary, are slowly diminished by ...
  • My wife was out of town so, perusing the paper, I found a free movie and discussion were being offered at the library by the local philosophical society. There are many reasons to be attracted to such an event, but you’ve ...
  • National Bike Month just ended, sort of. The League of American Bicyclists celebrates the entire month of May as National Bike Month, except they complicate it with a National Bike to Work Day. That comes during their ...
  • So, what do spats, buggy whips and top hats have to do with VHS tapes, floppy disks and 8-track tapes? Nothing: spats, whips and hats might come back into widespread style, but you will never see the likes of magnetic ...
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