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Denny O hits the Hibernian long ball

June 6, 2014 When I hear the term “exemplary citizen,” I’m immediately reminded of my friend Denny O. As a citizen, he’s twice the man I am, holding both American and Irish citizenship. more »»

Just say no to woes

May 30, 2014 An odd little fact: “Hello” was never used as a greeting until the invention of the telephone. Before that, it was either a hunting call or an exclamation of surprise. more »»

Gag order

May 23, 2014 So many people have labeled me techno-inept and technophobic that it’s now time to set the record straight. As for being techno-inept? Guilty as charged. more »»

Fiend of the library

May 16, 2014 “You know,” Rebecca Buerkett said, “that’s a stereotype we librarians have been trying to shake for years.” “I’m sure,” I said. “But it’s not like it isn’t based on reality. more »»

The hip and the unhip

May 9, 2014 I was in the Post Office Pharmacy doing what everyone my age does there — waiting for my latest prescription. Ah yes, prescriptions. Either they’ll end my misery or prolong it. more »»

Bahamian beach bum gets cold suprise

May 2, 2014 Let’s face it: If this is spring we’re having, it’s sure a crappy one. But it could be worse. How? you ask. Simple. more »»

Ducted and Covered

April 25, 2014 As the Amazon Queen, in the passenger’s seat, reached behind me and to my left, I thought nothing of it. more »»

Stalking the talk

April 18, 2014 There’s no question about whether or not we’re opposed to wastefulness. more »»

Days of wine and glasses

April 11, 2014 After class last week, a student and I somehow got to talking about wine. “Ya know,” he said, “the most expensive bottle of wine sold for like two million dollars.” “No, I didn’t know,” I said. more »»

No column this week

April 4, 2014 The Inseide Dope, by Bob Seidenstein, will return April 11. more »»

Time in a bottle

March 28, 2014 The phone rang, and I looked at the clock. It was 6 o’clock at night. Weird, I thought. Why weird? Simple. Almost no one calls me, and the ones who do, call at the same times. So it’s the AQ at 8 p. more »»

All the news unfit to print

March 21, 2014 At a recent Paul Smith’s College graduation (“recent” meaning 10 to 15 years ago), I was in the back of the gym, standing next to a stringer from the Press Republica. more »»

Fun and frolic amidst the fluoridation follies

March 14, 2014 All my life I tried never to hate anything, but I failed on three counts —?black flies, fleas, and politics — and not in descending orde. more »»

The judge, the juice and the junkman

March 7, 2014 Every day on my drive to work, I pass the Harrietstown Cemetery. And when I do, I often think of my old pal, Karl Griebsch, since that’s his final resting place. more »»

When small fractures are no small deal

February 28, 2014 According to my calculations, the dentists of my youth were born 500 years too late. more »»

When the education business gives you the business

February 21, 2014 When a society undergoes massive changes, folks may know those changes are taking place, but don’t know what they mean or where they’ll lead. more »»

A civics lesson

February 14, 2014 Ernest Hemingway’s short story Hills Like White Elephants is about a young couple in a dying relationship. more »»

Out of the cold

February 7, 2014 We all know My Home Town’s official start of Winter Carnival is the coronation. But it’s not my official start. Uh-uh, Carnival doesn’t begin for me until the Ice Palace F. more »»

Taxing my patience

January 31, 2014 I am, by any measure, a law-abiding guy. But before you rush out to nominate me for Citizen of the Century, hold your hosses. more »»

When cross-country goes downhill

January 24, 2014 The phone jolted me awake, as would be expected at the crack of 9. “Huh? Wha?” I croaked. “Hey,” boomed the Amazon Queen on the other end. more »»



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