• 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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  • Bachmann is dead; long live Ted Cruz

    Rep. Michele Bachmann’s retirement is a blow to the late-night comedians who laughed at her confusing actor John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy or her insisting that HPV vaccine caused mental retardation. Her absence also leaves a leadership void among the radical Tea …

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  • Quick trip leads to new friends, performance

    Trips to Memphis are rare for this gal these days but Wednesday Luke and I threw out any good judgment we might have had for not going and headed for the “home of the blues.” Wednesday, B.B. Cunningham Jr., the late singer, songwriter, producer and …

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