• Do you ever wish you could get other people to change?

    Who hasn’t wished that their boss, spouse or in-laws would change? We’d love to possess a magic change potion we could give the offender to help them see the error of their ways. We delude ourselves into believing that our desire is not for our …

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  • The Bank of Franklin misses “Bank Holiday”

    On March 6, 1933, after a month-long run on U.S. banks, President Roosevelt proclaimed a “Bank Holiday” which lasted until March 13. For seven days, the nation was without a banking system. While the banks were closed, Congress passed the Emergency Banking Act, which included …

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  • Remembering Gene Kelly

    Thursday marks the centennial of the birth of Gene Kelly, the great American dancer, actor, singer; a guy’s guy who — along with Fred Astaire — is the only male who ever left me (momentarily) wishing I could dance. I’ve always felt a kinship with …

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  • Fat, love and money

    There’s only a handful of subjects that will get just about everybody’s attention in the U.S. The three biggest are how to lose weight, how to find love and how to get rich. All of them are billion dollar industries that often seem to be …

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  • Romney’s Ryan reset: For victory or defeat?

    It seems symbolic that Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan drove the famous Oscar Meyer Weinermobile when he was a teen. Unlike people who gleefully show their buns on San Diego’s Mission Beach, the Weinermobile was created by Oscar Meyer’s nephew, Carl G. Mayer, in 1936, …

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  • Ryan’s ‘youthful vigor’ won’t slow GOP death march

    As Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential running mate over the weekend, the Beltway chattering class was quick to trumpet the supposed “youthful vigor” Paul Ryan’s selection would inject in a campaign troubled by a summer of Olympic-size gaffes and sinking poll numbers. In the …

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  • Barack Obama Election-Year Decathlon

    Planetary props to the city of London for a monumentally memorable 30th Olympiad. It was obvious from the opening ceremonies these would be games nobody would soon forget. From the queen jumping out of a helicopter to Charles Dickens wearing a top hat at Stonehenge …

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  • New sports at Olympics

    With memories of the 2012 Olympics fading faster than the life expectancy of North Korean athletes who failed to medal, I confess I was disappointed that new, exotic sports weren’t added to this year’s Games. So who’s for spicing up future Olympics with some dazzling, …

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  • In Europe, prosperity on vacation

    Boy, our friends in Europe sure know how to vacation. If they get sick while taking their employer-paid vacation, their employer now has to pay them to take another. According to The New York Times, all 27 countries within the European Union, and all employers …

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  • Newport woman known as gypsy

    Caroline Tracy Dye was born into slavery in South Carolina about 1843. Even as a child, she reportedly astounded others by foretelling events and seeing things not visible to those around her. In later years, people from throughout mid-America traveled to “Aunt Caroline’s” home for …

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  • Remembering the significance of VJ Day

    Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions — one that his advisors agreed likely would define his presidency. After beating his Democratic opponent in 1948 by a comfortable margin, Dewey received …

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  • Democrats’ declaration of dependence

    The belief that no one owes me anything is one of the greatest gifts my hardworking, blue-collar father gave me when I was young. His words carried me through some difficult times growing up, sustained me through widowhood, years back, and helped to shape me …

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