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Get off the political sidelines and vote on Nov. 6

In pro sports, as in politics, our perceptions of how the game is being played usually reflect the sideline from which we are watching. Unlike sports, however, politics sometimes offers us the … more

The only thing better than a good book is a great book

One of my conversation starters and favorite questions to ask someone is, “What are you reading these days?” Some people are very quick with their response as they know exactly what they are … more

Earning loyalty and trust, building commitment and love

Loyalty is earned when trust is present. Zig Ziglar always said, “Trust is a transference of feeling.” He also would focus on the two letters in the middle of the word trust, “U and S, or … more

It’s a meat-and-potatoes issue, and skip the meat

Jennifer has Siri on her cellphone. I have neither. I asked her, “What’s Siri?” When she told me, I just looked at her. I said, “Ask Siri how many games Warren Spahn won.” A woman’s … more

Rolling Stones 2019 — old boys’ club is nothing like old times

Gimme shelter and gimme money. Tickets to see the Rolling Stones next year at whatever the stadium here is called go for (went for) $49 to $850 (without fees), and some special seats go for (went … more

Human-dog relationship status: ‘It’s uncomplicated’

Why does your dog lick your face? You say, “My dog doesn’t lick my face.” Do me a favor, and just play along. Your dog licks your face because it tastes like a ham on rye. How can your face … more

Don’t let your sons grow up to be YouTube stars

When I was five, my heroes were my Mom and my Dad and older brother. Just because. When I was eight, my hero was Luke Skywalker, because he had magical powers and he got to swing across the chasm … more

It might be nice to have a Washington on our side

As we approach the 242nd Anniversary of the birth of our nation, it often escapes our attention that the real birthday of our nation just passed. On June 21, we celebrated the 230th Anniversary of … more

Mom, your recipes hold the scent of home

For the first time in years (and I mean decades), I did not spend Thanksgiving dinner with extended family. I had actually planned to host a small gathering myself while my sister Joyce was out of … more

Traditions help power the holiday season

As I’m writing this — in recovery from one sort of tradition — I am preparing to start in on another tradition, all as I’m looking forward to sitting down to another of my favorite traditions … more

Do your part to create the best news of the day

One of my very favorite ways to stay in touch with people during the peak busy season is a quick text. Just a little nudge or reminder that I am thinking of them right at that moment. Depending on … more

We are rooted in memory, until it leaves us rootless

One of my readers — “Gary” — thanked me for a column I had written about barking dogs that he mailed to a neighbor, after his own words didn’t make a dent. My column made a dent, and I said … more

Finding the balance when we agree to disagree

Sometimes it could seem like there are more things happening around us that are dividing us as a community rather than uniting us. And as that is happening, I believe we may have lost sight, or … more

Seven ways you can become a more positive person

You know these people when you meet them — nothing brings them down. They create their own good juju and move through life easily and effortlessly. You definitely want to hang out with them because … more

Take a focused approach to information overload

Thanks again for the tremendous support from the community. I really do love receiving your emails, thoughts and questions, so please keep them coming. One of the more common emails I receive lately … more

How to Be a Geezer: Part Two

Last month I wrote a column about how to be a geezer. Within hours hordes of geezers galloped out of the woodwork. They reacted to my column. They contacted me. We had a gathering online. We had joke … more

Being tailgated — there’s something stupid behind it

The first recorded incident of following at an unsafe distance occurred about an hour after the invention of the automobile. Understandably, that wouldn’t have been possible, but it probably … more

As Bruegel would say, DIA is boorish and depressing

This lively essay needs an image to go along with it. Please look up Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting “The Fall of the Rebel Angels,” and have it handy when you read the following paragraph … more

Be extraordinary today — in an extra ordinary way

Looking at the title of today’s column may have some of you a little overwhelmed. I mean some of you may be saying to yourselves, “Extraordinary? I am happy to just get through the day.” Wow, … more

Expect annual boom in lowbrow behavior

It doesn’t hurt to ask, but I know what you’re going to say. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Fourth of July came and went without any residential explosions? They’re illegal. They’re annoying. … more
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