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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...


The best seat in the house

Last week, for the first time in months, Sue and I went to the movies. We used to go at least once a week, but now with Netflix and Hulu and Roku and all the movie channels on... read more...


Welcome, campers

Chore Camp for Teens is a unique experience that you'll talk about for years to come. Imagine how jealous your friends will be when they hear that you've gotten to fertilize p... read more...


Whine connoisseurs

We all complain about air travel -- the size of the seats, the delays, the jet lag, the turbulence, the crying babies, the other passengers, paying through the nose for luggag... read more...


The evolution of food

I was in a restaurant the other day, and it hit me that except for the artisan hamburger -- served with locally grown sweet potato fries on a homemade pretzel bun dressed with... read more...


Brittany's Law

There is a saying that knowledge is power, and when it comes to information about the dangers that surround us each and every day no truer statement has ever been uttered. Th... read more...



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