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You’ve got mail. Two tons of it

'Tis the season to jam the mailbox with catalogs. The Container Store, Williams-Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Chef's Catalogue, Bed Bath and Beyond, L.L. Bean, Lands... read more...


The unhandy man

Sue can always find some silly excuse to go to the building supply store. Like: If we don't fix the leak in the roof, the living room ceiling will collapse. If we don't replac... read more...


I approve this ad

One of the great things about the recent election is that we won't have to see another political commercial ... for at least two or three months. That's when the campaign ads ... read more...


City bumpkins

When I worked in the Big City, I used to worry that some visiting relative from a small town would act like a rube and embarrass me in front of the fast crowd of world-weary s... read more...


Spring forward, fall over

The days are getting shorter. And so am I. I don't think I'm gaining weight, I just think gravity is slowly squishing me into a planet-shaped thing. It's doing to me what it's... read more...


Stop dating yourself

As I've mentioned before in this column, there's a "farmers only" dating service called, well, FarmersOnly.com. Its tagline is, "City folks just don't get it." While that may ... read more...


Card counters

"How's the decorating business?" I asked Beverly on her last visit. "Oh, didn't I tell you?" she said, pawing around in her purse. "There was just too much running around, an... read more...


Invasion of the privacy

I have made it devilishly hard for hackers to steal nude pictures of me off my computer -- by not taking any. It's so much simpler than trying to remember a big, long password... read more...


A county fairy tale

My 8- and 10-year-old nephews visiting from the Big City had never been to a county fair. Maybe in their rich county in their rich state, they didn't have them. What would a... read more...


"At the height of its power, the photography company Kodak employed more than 140,000 people and was worth $28 billion d

"At the height of its power, the photography company Kodak employed more than 140,000 people and was worth $28 billion dollars. They even invented the first digital camera. Bu... read more...


Go, generic team, go!

Just in case you thought this whole Redskins name controversy was new, this is from the Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star back in January -- January of 2003. "Readers of the sp... read more...


Flunking a blood test

It sounded like fun. It always does until someone gets hurt. For $100 apiece, Sue and I got our DNA tested. It's simple: You sign up online, they send you a little kit, you ... read more...


Houseguests: Threat or menace?

Some people like having lots of company. They like having plenty to do. They like big breakfasts and hearty lunches and specially prepared dinners. They are called houseguests... read more...


Lawn and order

Today was a perfect day to mow the lawn. Bright and sunny, the birds were singing, the bees were busy. Yes, today was the perfect day to mow the lawn. As was every day for the... read more...


Age comes in on little crow's feet

Sue came in complaining about her aching back and about being tired after spending a hot day weeding the garden. I said, "Well, stop acting like you're 50." I'm pretty sure we... read more...



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