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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...


The egg came first twice

Once or twice a week, friends and neighbors will show up at our back door with a carton of "extra" eggs. These eggs do not come from free-range chickens. They come from the ou... read more...


To B&B or not to B&B? That is the question

In most small towns, the biggest and most elegant building on Main Street is the funeral home. Or an old-age home. These buildings always look as if they might be the starring... read more...


I signed what?

When Dr. Sam said, "You've got the prostate of a 16-year-old," it was hard to keep from beaming. This must be how a woman feels when a complete stranger tells her she has a be... read more...


You’ve been invited to an antisocial

Almost every day, I hear parents and grandparents and people on television complain about how cellphones, smartphones, texting, streaming, Facebooking, tweeting and computer g... read more...


Halt, who dates there?

Anyone who has seen the many movies made about World War II knows that soldiers who had forgotten the day's password, or who happened upon Allied troops who weren't from their... read more...


Do men get womenopause?

"You've got all the symptoms," Sue said. "The symptoms of what? "MFS." "MFS? I feel fine." "Sure, now you do, but when I asked you to vacuum the living room, you said you... read more...


The heterosexual menace

Experts estimate the number of homosexuals in the population is somewhere between 2 percent and 10 percent. Since many people are reluctant to tell their sexual preferences, i... read more...


The longest holiday

At last, the holiday season that began on Halloween will finally come to a close with Super Bowl Sunday. You may say it's not a holiday because most of us get Sunday off anywa... read more...


The top ten top ten lists

It's that time of year again for all the Top Ten lists of movies you never saw, music you never heard, TV shows you never watched and books you never read. Not that you didn'... read more...


Christmas lights, camera, action!

"You can see it from space!" Kirby complained about his next-door neighbor's Christmas lawn display. In his living room, at 9 p.m., with the curtains drawn and the lights off,... read more...


The new gets old faster and faster

"Can you send a fax for me?" asked Charlotte, a close neighbor, on the phone one morning. I was a little perplexed. It was like asking me if she could borrow our butter churn ... read more...


The big apple vs the crab apple

When my old friend Rob calls us from New York City, he always asks, "But what do you do out there?" As if everyone who doesn't live in Manhattan lives on a farm in the middle ... read more...


Where have you gone, Norman Rockwell?

In 1955, there were 24 people at the Wintwell house for Thanksgiving. Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, Mom and Dad. Most of the guests walked to the house, s... read more...


The plane! The plane!

We've been traveling a lot the last few weeks, and it's good to be back home. I have no horror stories to tell about terrible plane rides, traffic nightmares or bizarre custom... read more...



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