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Cats vs. dogs, work vs. leisure

Remember when they used to tell you not to sit too close to the TV screen? I’m typing this on a screen that’s about 18 inches from my face. But it’s OK because it’s not a TV s... read more...


e-Readin’, e-Writin’ and e-Rithmatic

Roger, like a lot of people this year, got a Kindle for Christmas. For those of you who came in late, Amazon’s Kindle is a hand-held computer that lets you read books on a whi... read more...


Don’t bring food to the dinner table

I don’t know if it’s an ironclad rule, but I’ve always heard it is considered impolite to talk about religion, politics or money at the dinner table. It makes sense, because w... read more...


A pose by any other name

If you’re a school teacher or an employer, it will come as no surprise that many parents are naming their children after the place where their child was conceived. Paris Hilto... read more...


Warning: Column contains 2010 spoilers

I just got my crystal ball back from the cleaners and have looked deep into the coming year. While not every prediction I made last year came true – Tiger Woods did not win th... read more...


Think about direction, wonder why...

Sue tells people that I am directionally challenged. She tells the story of the time I got lost between the kitchen and the bathroom, which is a lie. It was between the kitche... read more...


Think locally, shop online-ally

Just because I do my shopping online doesn’t mean I’m not supporting my local businesses. Most of them have Web pages. They’ll gift wrap any present and mail it for me. I don’... read more...


Flushing your money down a diamond-studded toilet

I can’t believe it: All the money I invested in Dubai disappeared when its economy came crashing down faster than a golf club on Tiger Woods’ SUV. My $5 million house on the p... read more...


Teens struggle through their ‘Twilight’ years

Why are vampires all the rage with teens right now? Because “Twilight” isn’t just about vampires, it’s about misunderstood vampires. The poor, high fashion, upscale undead who... read more...


More like ‘wack’ Friday

For some reason, Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year. What have people got to buy that is so important that it can’t wait until Saturday? Or next Tuesday? Or ... read more...


Enjoy the gift of corpses this holiday season

About two weeks ago, I started noticing ads for a movie that opens Thanksgiving Day. It is the soft-focus, romantic holiday comedy, “Ninja Assassin.” Too bad the ad is filled ... read more...


The Ghost of Christmas Parties Past

“Two years ago we had the office party at a fancy nightclub. Last year it was downsized to the executive conference room. This year it’s going to be separate checks at the Oli... read more...


Let books be large and in charge

My library has a gargantuan large-print book collection. Here’s my question. Why aren’t all books large-print? Guess who has got the best eyesight in the world? Children. Th... read more...


I was insulting people way before the Internet

Wouldn’t this be a great world if we named our children the way we name ourselves in Internet chat rooms? First grade would be full of kids named Mountainclimber, EggyParms, J... read more...


Music to my ears it’s not

If you like big, brassy Broadway musicals, boy is this the season for you. Lighting up the Great White Way (or the Chicago equivalent) this fall will be “Shrek,” “Spider-Man,”... read more...



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