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Commentary: A new year, good or baaad

Subscriber onlyNot that this is exactly front-burner stuff, but thanks to several news organizations and John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight," I've discovered there appears to be some ambiguity about exactly what year this year actually is, at least in China. Continue reading...

Commentary: A glossary for winter

Seeking an improved (and caffeinated) life

Subscriber onlyRemember a few weeks ago when I was on my semi-annual rant about how much I hate winter and you were just shaking your head and muttering about what a softie I am? Continue reading...

Commentary: Building happy marriage one step at a time

Building happy marriage one step at a time

Typically when the Lovely Mrs. Smith suggests a life-altering change, I'm all for it. Particularly if by life-altering she means something that doesn't really alter my life in any way. That is certainly the kind of change I can get behind. As long as getting behind it doesn't involve me, you know, actually doing anything. Continue reading...

Commentary: Coaching the uncoachable

Men useless in delivery room, earn role of lifetime

In what seemed like the three months in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, we were inundated with stories about critical issues like the impact under-inflated footballs had on a 45-7 rear-end-kicking and what a very talented but enigmatic running back was going to say during his daily press conference (answers: none and nothing). Continue reading...

A double-nickel slowdown

I’m about to hit 55. As Sammy Hagar used to say, I can’t drive it. But, starting on Monday, for the next year I get to be it. Continue reading...

Commentary: Line Nothing To Sneeze At

Pharmacy wait better than a “Bachelor’s” life

Random thoughts while standing in line at the pharmacy. Continue reading...

Commentary: First, Lasts Don't Last

Subscriber onlySo it's officially the start of a new year, which means the season of "firsts" is upon us. Continue reading...

Commentary: The Evolution Of Christmas Cards

Subscriber onlyWhile there are debates about the exact meaning of ancient cave paintings, one school of thought is the drawings depict everyday events in the lives of the artists, perhaps as a way of telling the story of their lives to the entire clan. Continue reading...

Commentary: December Packed With Activity

Subscriber onlySo let me set the stage here. Continue reading...

Commentary: Bad Taste? It Must Be Done

Subscriber onlyFirst off, you need to do it. You know you do. Continue reading...

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