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Musings on puffery, partners and Playboy

Looking for a movie to go see, I checked out the ads. A blurb for one movie said it was “a real nail-biter.” Another blurb said so-and-so called it “one of the Top 10 movies o... read more...


The not-so-ungrateful dead

I am a morning person. I hop out of bed before the alarm rings, make coffee, read the paper, listen to the radio, feed the cats, empty the garbage, make breakfast, read my ema... read more...


Reading this will make you thin and happy!

Lots of people think subliminal advertising means that advertisers get us to buy their products by secretly inserting in their TV ads the words “sex” or “buy this” – words tha... read more...


The Seven Secrets of Success

Would you like to make the big bucks writing a self-help book on how to be successful? Here are seven secrets you have to know: 1. Use the word “secret” in your title, even... read more...


It's tough living off the grid

We recently spent six days without power, and the experience has left me with a new respect for the pioneers. Was the worst part going without lights? No, we had some old-fas... read more...


How not to clean the house

“I’ve got to run. We have guests coming, and you know what that means.” I did know what my friend Joe meant. He and his wife, Marcie, would have to spend two solid days vacuu... read more...


Man's best fiend

“Down, Tiny, down!” my cousin Ralph snapped at his beloved pet. The dog had its front legs on my shoulders and was licking the top of my head. I like dogs. I like to pet them... read more...


When it comes to movies, men can't help it

The Saturday night neighborhood gathering was winding down. Too many hamburgers and too much potato salad had weighed down the stragglers in chairs on the patio. The citronell... read more...


A hurricane, dangerous? Pish posh

Will the people who have million-dollar second homes on the East Coast beaches be able to get out of the path of Hurricane Irene in time? Will Hurricane Irene disrupt air trav... read more...


Halloween: Our unofficial national holiday

I had to excuse myself to get around the clerk stocking new merchandise on the shelves. It was Halloween merchandise. Halloween is still two months away. Aren’t the stores afr... read more...


The Yellow Badge of Cowardice

The IV in the back of my hand was uncomfortable. What sadist thought of sticking a needle there? It’s hard to imagine a part of my corpulent body that has less meat than the b... read more...


My beer cup runneth over

At bars, stadiums and arenas all over the country, a new beverage is popping up. Well, not so much a new beverage as a new way of pouring an old beverage. Some college kid – ... read more...


Any way you slice it

McDonald’s is cutting down on the french fries and adding a few apple slices to its Happy Meals for children. There’s something wrong when a “happy meal” refers to the food yo... read more...


Home sweet homeschooled

The big rap against homeschooled kids seems to be that they aren’t “socialized.” I asked a longtime member of a big-city school board about homeschooling, and he shook his hea... read more...


Don’t head for the Borders

I’m going to tell you a true story about the now-defunct Borders bookstores. Years ago, I wrote a book about the town I was living in. Even though I changed the names to prot... read more...



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