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Smiling time

April 24, 2015 I discovered the word “serendipity” when I was in my mid-teens, and it was love at first definitio. more »»

Out to pasture is no disaster

April 17, 2015 Last May I hung up my red pen and retired. After that, whenever I told people I retired, they almost all said the same thing: “I’ll bet you’re busier now than you’ve ever been. more »»

Off the hook

April 10, 2015 On Tuesday I was diddy-bopping through town, lost in full-blown fantasy. I was somewhere in the tropics, bathed in sun and warmth, far away from anywhere covered with dog-poop-dotted snow. more »»

A very fishy fish story

April 3, 2015 Last week I wrote about Urban Legends, those fabulous tales that, in spite of their total lack of credibility, are believed by almost all who hear them. A brief selection: 1. more »»

Net gains ... and losses

March 27, 2015 “Wait a minute,” I said, trying to process the enormity of it. more »»

Keys to success

March 13, 2015 “Take your hands off it right now!” barked my mother. “And keep your hands off it!” “But—” I started. “No but anything, Bozo,” she sai. more »»

Keys to success

March 13, 2015 “Take your hands off it right now!” barked my mother. “And keep your hands off it!” “But—” I started. “No but anything, Bozo,” she sai. more »»

In for a Five and Dime, in for a Dollar

March 6, 2015 When I was a mere slip of a lad, in what’s now Sears there were two businesses. One was Woolworth’s, and the other was J.J. Newberry’s, and they both bastions of adventure. more »»

Sexuals in the city

February 27, 2015 As I get older, I get more confused. And the thing I’ve gotten most confused about is sex. Before you jump to any conclusions, let me say I’m not referring to the act itself. more »»

Brother Ron and my fiendish con

February 20, 2015 While not everyone loves golf, cowboy boots and Frank’s Hot Sauce, everyone loves a parade. Actually, to be more precise, everyone loves to watch a parade. more »»

Another lesson in the outdoor classroom

February 13, 2015 There I was on Saturday morning, about to enter the Ice Palace Fun Run for the umpteenth time. It was a matter of pride, I guess, since I’ve gone in every run since the first one, some 35 years a. more »»

The demon of the frozen oval looks back

February 6, 2015 I’m not sure exactly when it happened, except I was a wee tyke, but I know where and why it did. more »»

Sob story

January 30, 2015 Last week I wrote about my 11th grade English teacher, Mrs. Dupree. The column focused on Mrs. Dupree’s classroom manner, which in one word was “calming. more »»

Wing nuts

January 23, 2015 To me, how airline companies work (or all too often, how they don’t) is as incomprehensible as the works of James Joyce. more »»

She who ruled least, ruled best

January 16, 2015 Earlier this week I found out my 11th grade English teacher had shuffled off this mortal coil. Her name was Mrs. more »»

The launching of a satellite … and a career

January 2, 2015 When I walk my dogs past the Petrova school, which I do several times a week, I’m always struck with some memory of my time there, which was from first through 12th grades. more »»

Out of my tree

December 19, 2014 If you don’t know who Nicol Chauvin was, don’t feel bad — almost no one does. more »»

Life by the book

December 12, 2014 All my life I’ve heard the “experts” state the number as if they really knew i. more »»

A horse — and man — of a different color

December 5, 2014 Nathan Bedford Forrest is one of America’s more complex and controversial figures. more »»

Going to the you-know-what

November 21, 2014 I’m a hopeless animal lover, with the emphasis on “hopeless.” And it’s obvious, what with my having three dogs and two cats. more »»



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