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Monday, March 18, 2019
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  • I am deeply disappointed because I missed the opportunity to write a timely column about March 13th, which we all know and love to commemorate, as it is the anniversary of the discovery of Uranus. Surprisingly, my wife was quite relieved ...
  • It started out as an off-the-cuff comment my wife made about salt. As these innocent remarks tend to do in a loving marriage, it escalated into, oh, I wouldn’t call it a shouting match, but I insisted that salt is salt, as my wife insisted ...
  • In spite of the mountain of disturbing news stories coming at us every day, I managed to stumble onto a report that Allen’s Coffee Brandy has relinquished the top spot as the best-selling liquor in Maine. It’s been the most ...
  • In my youth I did not understand Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice. I had questions, but adults were dismissive and when I would ask my mother she would say, “Ask your father,” who would answer questions I did not ask. Did someone find ...
  • Do you loathe getting seated in a restaurant at a wobbly table? I know I do. Sometimes it doesn’t help to ask for another table; not after you look around and find that most of the tables have ISD’s (improvised shimming devices) ...
  • Where I live, people don’t have the money to relax in the Bahamas during February and, if they did, something would surely happen to their furnace: they would return to a frozen house with cracked water pipes, cupped flooring and bloated . . .
  • Do you have a list of songs you simply detest? I know I do. The worst are the old hits because they’ve already bothered you for so long and, to spite your disdain, you know they’ll continue making money for the recording artist or their . . .
  • Attention people! Everybody relax. There is nothing really new here. In what appeared to be a very disturbing development according to a recent story by the BBC, Russia has been working to “weaponize” humor or at least use humor for . . .
  • It doesn’t look good. Groundhog Day is coming (February 2, 2019), and for two months I’ve been trying to schedule a visit to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with the hope of finding out why the groundhog who lives there is . . .
  • The opportunity came up to attend the recent festivities and inauguration of Janet Mills, the first female governor of the State of Maine, where my wife and I live, so we jumped at the chance. You have to jump at these chances . . .
  • Recently regaining consciousness, I found the holidays over, gift wrap in my teeth and my pants a size too small. The holiday season must have been a success but from all indications like the credit card bill, my wife and I did not . . .
  • The old year is closing out the books and the new year is about to jump on our faces like the otherworldly creature in the original 1979 Ridley Scott movie “Alien.” This being the case, readers often expect the year in review or predictions for the coming year — maybe both. Well, let’s see what we’ve got...
  • Some people may consider my wandering mind irreverent but since it’s Christmastime I was wondering if Jesus had his own carpentry business or if he worked for a larger company as part of a framing crew or maybe as general laborer . . .
  • The question always comes up this time of year and invariably catches me unprepared when, for example, someone walks up to me at the bail bondsman’s office or after a group therapy session and asks . . .
  • If you’re an adult living away from your parents, consider the “gift of taking” this holiday season. It’s not hard: you back a large vehicle into your parents’ driveway, fill it with all the stuff you’ve been storing in their house and then take it away. . . .
  • A cloak of invisibility is a very expensive but excellent holiday gift for almost anyone — if you can find one to buy. As soon as they are put out they typically just disappear off store shelves. It’s a very handy thing to have about the house. . . .
  • Thanksgiving is here and it’s not anything like it was when I was very young. No, we didn’t dine with the Pilgrims and Indians; that was a few years before my time. But when family and friends were invited for the holiday meal, no thought was ever . . .
  • Life is complicated. It turns out that the ways of delicate beauty are inexplicably linked to store returns. Allow me to describe how this is so, or maybe not. People have very different philosophies about returning items they purchased to the. . .
  • Trouble is afoot. On the eve this column was due I sat myself down in front of my computer, called up my word processing program and, after four minutes of typing, the computer shut itself off, mid-sentence, no apology. . . .
  • Now that scary Halloween is over, we have a day even more frightening looming large: Tuesday, November 6th. This is the day of the all-important midterm elections but that should not overshadow the fact that the day is not all doom . . .
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