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Commentary: Something Alarming Is On At Smith Castle

Subscriber onlyFirst off, I'd like to apologize to the neighbors for the helicopters. I thought they were overkill, but apparently protocol is protocol. Continue reading...

Commentary: In The Fast Lane To Happiness

Subscriber onlyMost of the time, if you're at least as fortunate as I've been, your children will do things that fill you with wonder, awe, amazement and pride. It helps, of course, if your bar for wonder, awe, amazement and pride is pretty low. But the fact remains that, most of the time, they will at least live up to your expectations, if not your dreams. And in the parenting business, close enough is good enough. Continue reading...

Commentary: Binge Watching Perfects Laziness

Subscriber onlyFrancis Underwood is a bad, bad man. He's so bad that the fact that he's not real doesn't matter all that much. Francis Underwood is so bad, it transcends reality. Continue reading...

Commentary: Persnickity Style Rule More Than Over

Subscriber onlyOK, so it wasn't exactly up there with Appomattox or Yorktown or Alex Rodriguez's decision not to fight his suspension or any of the other great surrenders of American history. But, if at any time in your life you either a) were a journalist, or b) were forced by academic constraints to at least pretend you wanted to be one, an important white flag was raised last Thursday. Continue reading...

Commentary: Hearing Loss Stole Soundtrack Of Life

Subscriber onlyThere are certain facets of my life that, if not hilarious, are at least fairly amusing. And then there are some about which I may laugh, but which aren’t laughing matters. Continue reading...

Commentary: Springing Forward, Falling Asleep

Subscriber onlyIs it just me, or does this whole Daylight Saving Time thing seem like a solution in search of a problem? Continue reading...

Commentary: The Truth About Childhood Activities

Subscriber onlyYour child wants to play something. Anything. It can be a sport, but it doesn't have to be. Continue reading...

Commentary: Imagine That, A Dragon Ate My Free Bird

Subscriber onlyI tell ya, kids today. They're soft. No respect for tradition. No appreciation of history. No sense of propriety. I mean, really, what is this world coming to? I fear for the future. Continue reading...

Sports? Olympics On Thin Ice

Subscriber onlyI know how most sports got started. Take golf. Golf began when a bunch of ancient Scottish shepherds got bored and started hitting rocks at things with their crooks. Continue reading...

Commentary: On The Path To A Better ... Zzz

Subscriber onlyIt’s early February, and high time to examine the progress I’ve made on my New Year’s Resolutions. Which is shorthand for bragging. Because no one “examines progress” on resolutions they haven’t kept. They just forget they made them. Continue reading...

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