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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...


A vegetable too far

After a few doctor visits and constant problems with prescription medicines, my friend, Dave, has decided to pay attention to what he eats, hoping to cut down on some of the m... read more...


I put a spell check on you

You've probably heard that a bunch of new words have been added to the Oxford dictionary. Phablet. Unlike. Buzzworthy. Selfie. Twerk. Cakepop. If you haven't heard, you must n... read more...


Who wears the sweatpants in this house?

After Sue wrote "Wash me" with her finger in the dust on the most expensive piece of exercise equipment I own, I joined the health club. At home, I just wasn't getting it done... read more...


Murder, she keeps writing

I read and watch a lot of detective stories, and the type I really enjoy are place-centered. The ones where the crimesolver's hometown is as much a part of the story as the cr... read more...


Shoes wisely, grasshopper

Those first few steps in the morning are surprisingly painful. It feels as if someone has hammered a 10-pound nail into the middle of your heel. Usually, it goes away quickly,... read more...


Free! Not a scam!

Think about the last time you were in a giant chain bookstore, with its aisles of best-sellers, its huge children's section, its walls of mysteries and rooms of romances. It's... read more...


Scam U.

Junior and Missy's parents are driving them 12 hours away from their hometown to The University of Getting Out of My Parents' House. Sure, there are plenty of local community ... read more...


The state of the state fair

It used to be that if your body was tattooed from head to toe, you wore large hoop earrings and 50 necklaces, sported a beard and rode a unicycle, the only job you could get w... read more...



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