• 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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  • State provided wagons; Mill provided cornmeal

    State provided wagons When the nation celebrated its 200th birthday back in 1976, every state appointed Bicentennial Commissions to plan special events throughout the year. The idea for a wagon train came from the Pennsylvania commission. They wanted to purchase exact replicas of wagons that …

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  • Beware the infrastructure (clichés), my son

    A stitch in time saves nine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can lead a horse to water, but if an outdated bridge collapses on it, the meat will wind up marketed by IKEA. These are truisms I hope to …

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  • Go ahead, steal this video

    Back in 1971 when the hippie revolution’s Pied Piper, Abbie Hoffman, authored “Steal This Book” he got the very outrage he sought. Thirty publishing houses rejected it and, when the book finally came out, more than a dozen newspapers refused to print ads to promote …

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  • 3-D printing to change the world

    For old geezers like me, it was kind of a surprise to learn just how much difference 3-D printing will soon make in our world. I had been keeping up somewhat on work to make an operable plastic firearm on a 3-D printer, without even …

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  • How to combat summer boredom

    The summer months are almost upon us and everyone knows what that means. We are in the final few days of school and soon parents across the state will be scrambling to find solutions to the ever-popular kid phrase “I’m bored.” I don’t know about …

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  • Attitudes are a matter of relative differences

    My wife has a relative we call “Aunt Trudy,” who is perhaps the most pessimistic person I have ever met. There is nothing she can’t find a problem with. To her, the weather is always too hot or too cold, life always has too many …

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  • Summer’s here — let’s get out!

    Summer, summer, summer! After a wet and cool spring, we are getting out and enjoying the warm weather. Gary and I restained our back deck a couple weeks ago (leaving us sore for a few days, of course), then spruced up the flower beds and …

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  • Tangled tango

    As part of the brash rash of wire-brush scouring on the Teflon coating that routinely seals the Obama presidency, a large heavy-duty cast-iron deal has been made of the IRS conducting audits on Tea Party-affiliated organizations. But scratch the surface and it makes a sort …

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  • Apple could pay for Moore

    Investigators say due to some creative Ireland-based tax gimmicks, Apple has managed to keep $75 billion away from the IRS’s reach just in the years 2009-2012. Even Sen. John McCain conceded, “Apple claims to be the largest U.S. corporate taxpayer, but by sheer size and …

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