• Dating in the fourth grade

    My youngest daughter came home with a wedding ring last week. A gorgeous gold ring encrusted with at least a carat of diamonds. Now you may be thinking “Awww, how sweet!” Well, it’s not. She’s TEN. I’m pretty sure the boy who gave it to …

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  • Patent ‘trolls’ are bad, but patents are worse

    While global biotechnology firm Monsanto battled a farmer over soybean patents in the U.S. Supreme Court, a District Court in eastern Texas heard a similar case: Personal Audio, an alleged “patent troll,” filed suit against Adam Carolla’s Ace Broadcasting network for patent infringement. The patent …

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  • Some of the bright sides of extreme maturity

    Some fancy-dancy public-policy think-tank just released a brand-new study that speculates the legion of aging baby boomers will permanently redefine retirement. Mainly because so few of us will be able to afford to retire. “Uh, lady, you want lids on these?” Fast-food break rooms equipped …

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  • Benedict deserves a better papal sendoff than this

    Just what kind of retirement party do you give a pope? Since the Vatican has adhered to a “no pope left behind” policy for the past 600 years, this was surely a puzzler when Pope Benedict voluntarily cashed in his cassock last month. Most popes, …

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  • Still wrote for symphonies, movies

    If you have watched “Lost Horizon,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke” or “Have Gun, Will Travel,” then you have heard the music of William Grant Still of Little Rock. Born in Mississippi in 1895, Still was a baby when his father died unexpectedly and …

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  • Religion, or not? Battling over yoga in public schools

    Is yoga secular or religious? That’s the conundrum at the heart of a new legal battle in Encinitas, Calif. over the teaching of yoga in public schools. In a lawsuit filed last month, a couple with two children in the Encinitas schools charge that the …

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  • Home free

    As one who frequently works from home, I believe Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has seriously erred in removing that option for her staff. I’ve kept a diary of my productivity, and I’m forwarding this rundown of a typical day to Ms. Mayer, urging her to reconsider. …

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  • Gardening woes

    Spring is rapidly approaching and I for one can’t wait. I despise the winter months. There is nothing about ice, sleet or snow that appeals to me. In fact I had a good laugh this year at all the people who were hollering for a …

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  • Congress: Munchausen by proxy

    Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, now referred to as Factious Disorder by Proxy or FDbP, is where a parent or caretaker enjoys the attention of having a sick child so they exaggerate and sometimes induce their victim’s symptoms. Children are made to be sick; parents are …

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  • Gangsta’ government and the GOP

    America’s founding fathers were beholden to the odd notion that the best prevention against a tyrannical leader or mob rule was the simple yet effective system of checks and balances. Presently, a nominal Republican majority in the House of Representatives is the only thing keeping …

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  • Who owns the news?

    Who owns the news? The glib answer is “no one.”  But of course, the full answer is more complicated than that. Famously, news is “who, what, when, where and why” — the “five Ws.”  That mantra was drilled into the minds of generations of journalists, …

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  • Internet piracy: Is the free ride over?

    Yes, I dutifully affix my copyright notice to my column each week, and I’ve been known to notify the syndicate of suspected unauthorized use; but I haven’t gotten anywhere near as persnickety (or creepy) as the entertainment industry. According to CBS News, the motion picture …

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