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Posted Oct 25, 2014 at 11:01 PM

What makes siblings taunt, tease or get physical with each other? Are we born that way? Survival of the fittest in the pack? Birth order, perhaps?Everyone with sibs has a story of this family behavior. Most of those memories fade. My younger brothers’ stories of “long ago” get embellished. To this day, my brother John swears I chased all four of the young brothers around the yard with bug spray. I know it wasn’t bug spray, but it might have been hair spray.

Posted Oct 25, 2014 at 11:01 PM

What makes siblings taunt, tease or get physical with each other? Are we born that way? Survival of the fittest in the pack? Birth order, perhaps?Everyone with sibs has a story of this family behavior. Most of those memories fade. My...

Posted Oct 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Our home has been on the market for nine months. That seems abnormally long. We’ve been told over and over again it looks “dated.” Of course it does. It’s almost 15 years old.So we decided to take some advice...

Posted Oct 4, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I’ve learned to take life a day at a time. To stop and smell the roses. To treat every hour with respect. To chill out when things aren’t going my way. To tell my wife (and other loved ones) that I love them as often as...

Posted Sep 28, 2014 at 2:00 AM

Astronaut Dave: "Open the pod-bay door, Hal."Berserk computer Hal, speaking softly and sweetly: "I'm sorry, Dave — I can't do that."We all remember that scene from "2001: A Space Odyssey," right? One of the most memorable...

Posted Sep 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

My job today is to go to the small library in the 55-and-older park where I live. They call me the library lady. I volunteer to keep the books in alphabetical order and various other things.This morning I found a book in the small garbage...

Posted Sep 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

We all recognize zucchini. We've seen them around without giving them a second thought. Oh, we might be dimly aware that they come and go with the seasons. But have you really paused to look at the lives of these jolly-looking...

Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Right now, I feel like a teenage high-school student who is excited about a science project that has positive results.It started with an article in the Mail Tribune on May 9, 2008, about butterflies, and continued with more specific...

Updated Sep 27, 2014 at 5:01 PM

During my Medford upper grade school days, ending in 1951, and Mac Jr. High times, my parents would take me along to see visiting preachers in what a Neil Diamond song called “traveling salvation shows.”I was not interested,...

Posted Aug 23, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Wouldn't it be interesting if we could see what we say? We would be careful about what we utter, because we would understand the gravity of our words.Important speeches such as "I have a dream" might appear in a large, granite font that...

Updated Sep 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

When I worked as a hospice social worker, I used to spend a lot of time explaining to clients and people I knew what my job entailed. No one seemed to understand why they might need a social worker. That was because most people in our society...

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