• 2014 marks Babe Ruth’s MLB centennial

    Where were you on April 8, 1974? I was in the upstairs bedroom I shared with younger brother Dwight, listening to the radio as Hank Aaron broke the career home run record set by George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. some four decades earlier. Aaron’s milestone …

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  • Tired of being tired: Bottoms up!

    Now that I have nearly dominated the coupon world, I have set out a new goal — to get healthy. I’m tired of being tired. I want to feel good again and through research I have found I have to get back to the basics …

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  • Learning about Sacajawea

    A book, “In Calico and Crinoline: True Stories of American Women 1608-1865,”  that once held a place in the Oil Trough School Library and was first published in 1935, was written by Eleanor Sickels with 19 drawings by Ilse Bischoff and tells 18 stories about …

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  • Congratulations to almost all

    Let’s hear it for our Special Forces, the FBI and any and all others who helped in the arrest of a top suspect in the massacre of American envoys at Benghazi. The American eagle’s reach is still impressive. It seems we have not forgotten our …

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  • Is this planet of the apes or mountain lions?

    Ever notice how sometimes critters will show up where they’re not wanted? Mice in your house, for example. Crickets in your bathtub. Snakes in your backyard. And other times critters may end up in places that sure aren’t the safest for them. Deer crossing the …

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  • Freedom for Hobby Lobby’s religion

    Conservative Christians cheered when Hobby Lobby was able to deny working women of childbearing age birth control coverage though their company’s insurance plan. They called it a victory for “religious freedom.”  I would like to see those applauding this newly discovered corporate-conscience also stand up …

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  • 4th of July fast facts

    “I’m confused. I thought July 4 was the day our country declared independence from King George III of Great Britain.” “Actually, according to ConstitutionFacts.com, that’s not so. The Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776.” “Then why do we celebrate our …

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  • Eddie and the Fourth of July

    When I drove by Eddie Gabor’s old house, I was transported back more than 20 years to the wonderful Fourth of July outings my family once enjoyed there. Eddie Gabor was my grandmother’s longtime boyfriend and companion. For the last 20 years of her life, …

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  • The Washington Treaty Breakers

    You don’t hear much about the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. And that, my friends, is a good thing. Usually this federal office is as controversial as parsley wrapped celery. On a 1-10 scale of boring, patent law has to rate about a 3,000. That’s …

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  • Being ‘offended’ does not constitute an ‘establishment’ of religion

    The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided to move joint graduation ceremonies to a local Protestant church which offered air conditioning, more …

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  • Squawking for a reason

    I misjudged you. For weeks you squawked at Luke and me as we made our way along the Greenway Trail at Fitzhugh Park. It was as if you, and your little duck buddy, didn’t want us around your turf and I admit, it unnerved me. …

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  • Traveling with kids? Columnist gives 10 tips for ‘happy flying’ experience

    American Way (American Airline’s inflight magazine) recently featured the House Fairy! (House Fairy is my get organized program for kids.) The House Fairy is flying high on publicity and it prompted me to write this for you mamas who fly. With vacation time here, and if …

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