• Elvis stamp could bolster USPS revenue

    The Man in Black can now be bought — at least in stamp form. The singer’s likeness was debuted by the U.S. Post Office Wednesday on the Forever stamp based around a promotional shot for the 1963 album “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny …

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  • 47th canoe race scheduled

    When explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft paddled down the river to Batesville in 1819, he unknowingly set the course for the National Explorer White River Canoe Race. The 47th annual contest will be held July 24-27 this year. Long touted as the “foremost water sports event …

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  • Through a (Google) Glass, darkly?

    Let me throw out two predictions so obvious that I shouldn’t even have to commit them to print: 1) Within days, if not hours, of  Google Glass’ release to the general public, hackers will “jailbreak” the hardware, allowing it to run any “Glassware” users desire …

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  • Living with ‘Princess Syndrome’

    I am beginning to worry about my 13-year-old daughter Alexas. Normally, she is a happy, healthy child who seems to be constantly doing cartwheels and running around in the yard playing with her dog. However, sometimes she gets these pains that come out of nowhere, …

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  • How long can Father’s Day survive?

    My son Gideon (age 9) assures me that he will be a good father someday, but will that be an empty accomplishment? In another 20 years or so will there even be a Father’s Day? At best, there will be a shortage of old-school, jack-of-all-trades …

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  • A hoy of sailors and other fun collective nouns

    Naming collective nouns is a time-honored alliteration of bards dating back to medieval days. Their linguistic talents have bequeathed to the English language some intriguing terms, especially for groups of animals. While many are well-known and rather bland (pack of dogs, herd of elephants, swarm …

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  • Cloning mammoths: Shades of ‘Jurassic Park’

    An Associated Press story, confirmed by other news sources, that broke last week states that a well-preserved woolly mammoth carcass containing liquid blood has been found on a remote Arctic island. Russian scientists said the discovery fuels their hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal. …

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  • Denmark can keep its philosophy

    Recently I read an article by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in which he praised the social and economic system in Denmark and talked about how the United States could learn a huge lesson from them. You’re all familiar with Denmark, right? That little country southwest …

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  • Sometimes, answers to life can come from a tool bag

    With my nose pressed against the window, I anxiously watched for the arrival of my father from work. With him he would often carry a large, black leather tool bag which, for a little boy like me, held a world of adventure. After dinner, Dad …

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  • Hey, big spenders, how about sending your own money to Treasury?

    Editor Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   I don’t know who they are, but I’ve got to hand it to them. I’m too cynical to do …

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  • ‘Daddy, would you pour?’ Toddler mistakes identity

    I love working in the nursery at the church I attend. The children, all between 1 and 4 years old, are always so much fun. They are filled with love and excitement about life. But I noticed that they are also quick to pick up …

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  • Savoring each moment

    My big girl is now a year old, and on Saturday naturally we had a big blowout to celebrate that event. As my niece Abby put it: You only turn 1 once. Of course I realize you only turn every age once, but the first …

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