• Because I could not stop for Minecraft …

    Has a neighbor ever inundated you with homegrown vegetables just when you’re least able to process them? Has a well-meaning relative ever picked out the perfect mate, chapel, honeymoon location, house and cemetery plot for you? It’s sort of like that with my son Gideon …

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  • Professor, long-distance cousin bond over baseball

    Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.   My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), which he served aboard a battleship in the Persian Gulf. A former high school quarterback out of western …

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  • Standing your ground or nanner nanner boo boo?

    I’m sure everyone is familiar with the Stand-Your-Ground law or, if you weren’t, you sure figured out what it was following all the media frenzy over the Trayvon Martin case. In basic terms, a Stand-Your-Ground law is a form of self defense that allows people …

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  • Why Millennials consider iPhone a basic human right

    What dictates your spending? Your current economic circumstances? Or the lifestyle in which you were raised? I grew up as the eldest of four kids in a house that only had one bathroom. I was raised on Spam. We never had money for vacations. My …

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  • Tarantulas look scary, but pose little threat

    Editor’s note: Lexie Sullivan wrote the following a few years back for a class she was taking. “I’ve seen two of these frightening critters this month and it made me think of this article,” she said. Sullivan is a former schoolteacher who lives in the …

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  • Satire can make for unique Halloween costumes

    “The wife and I came up with so many Halloween costume ideas this year to satirize Washington politicians, but we aren’t sure which to choose.” “You speak of a relatively recent trend in which adults pick or create Halloween costumes that mock or satirize current …

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  • The Martians were coming, the Martians were coming!

    Ah, time passes faster than a flying saucer. So we blink and find that today marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most embarrassing incidents in American history. I’m speaking of the hysteria surrounding the CBS radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel …

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  • Giving back? The NFL sees green in pink

    How do you feel about the NFL donating only 8 percent of pink gear sales toward cancer research? That’s according to Business Insider, who breaks down distribution of the money from sales this way: 50 percent goes to the retailer, 37.5 percent to the manufacturer, …

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  • Communicate, appreciate, validate

    We remain connected to our loved ones, even after they die, according to psychic medium John Edward. I believe that. Even though we leave our earthly bodies when we die, I believe there is still a connection with our loved ones. I remember one afternoon …

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  • Collecting students’ money spells trouble

    The Music Man showed up here the other day, hoping to separate school kids from their money. Like the fictional Prof. Harold Hill, whose fast talking convinced residents of River City, Iowa, to invest in a boys’ band, this Music Man raises hopes, makes promises …

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  • There’s more to the story than the headline

    If you’ve fallen into the Internet Age tendency of skimming headlines and tweets instead of reading the entire article, you’d understandably think the new pope is a hippie and the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is a peacenik. (Also: chocolate detects cancer, Oreos are …

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  • Christening gown is tradition, not fashion

    I wasn’t alive to participate in all the fanfare associated with the marriage of Diana and Prince Charles in 1981, but have certainly been enthralled with Princess of Wales’ story. A few years ago Branson hosted a Diana exhibit featuring several of her gowns, mementos …

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