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Posted Jun 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I hate cellphones. I have one, but I use it like a spare tire. I keep it for emergencies. I do not pass gas on it all the time. When my wife and I go to a restaurant, we always pick the booth that is farthest away from the others. The very next jerk through the door will sit right beside us and pass oral flatulence through his phone, talking loud enough for everyone else to hear. Often, while you are checking out at a store, the customer at the register is getting ready to...

Posted Jun 4, 2016 at 11:01 PM

On Independence Day 10 years from now, our ongoing democratic experiment known as the United States of America will commemorate its 250th birthday, reminding the world how on July 4, 1776, our founding fathers — a fateful collection of...

Posted May 28, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Vietnam, May 18, 1971, the boy’s 23rd birthday. The button flew off his uniform shirt, lost somewhere in the jungle, as the bullet hit his chest, smashing the life out of him. He holds his rifle tight, not letting it drop. He falls to his...

Posted May 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM

“If my wife’s mother lived with us, one of us would not come out alive,” a colleague blurted out when he heard that my husband and I were thinking of building a shared living space with my parents. Before I could decide...

Updated May 7, 2016 at 3:30 PM

At the Hallmark store, I found the "birthday for her" cards, and after 20 minutes of reading and discarding, none seemed a good choice for a friend’s birthday.

Posted Apr 30, 2016 at 11:01 PM

When I retired and decided to move to Jacksonville, people asked, “Why there? Do you have people? What will you do?” Truth be told, I felt I had no one, and the work I was doing hadn’t worked for me in a very long...

Posted Apr 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The ongoing election caused me to reread a required essay for Social Studies that I wrote when I was in high school in 1948. Our title was: ”What Kind of an American Am I?” This is what I wrote: I am an American citizen. I...

Posted Apr 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

People who are hearing impaired are all around us. Some are quite obvious because they are wearing hearing aids. Some say "what did you say?" or "say that again" — a lot. Some are not so obvious, because they are only mildly impaired...

Posted Mar 13, 2016 at 3:00 AM

I recently listened to an Iowa imam interviewed by NPR and heard discouragement in his voice. It saddened me. But more than that, it embarrassed me. Referring to his congregation, he recounted incidents of people on planes expressing...

Posted Mar 5, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The other day I drove by a Walmart parking lot and noticed what looked like a homeless person holding a "Will work for food" sign. And not 10 feet away from him a sign for Walmart sign read: "Now hiring!" The irony made me laugh, and I wished I...

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