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Commentary: Up, down, all around

It’s amazing airplanes ever get off the ground

Subscriber onlyRandom thoughts on the nature of flying after a weekend spent traveling: Continue reading...

Commentary: Unpacking the packing process

Getting there’s easy; leaving is the hard part

Subscriber onlyAnyone driving past my house on any given weekend probably has one of three thoughts about what's going on just in front of my garage. Continue reading...

Commentary: Fatherly words of wisdom

Dads everywhere ask: Where do I find them?

Subscriber onlyI once read a study (OK, as I recall, a slow sports night) that found No. 2 on the list of peoples' greatest fears was death. Continue reading...

Commentary: The second wave

A rising tide lifts … all-new flooring, again

Subscriber onlyOnce upon a time, back when the world was a sunnier, happier place and I had no familiarity with the concept of mortgage interest deduction, the Lovely Mrs. Smith and I came to the conclusion we ought to buy a house. Continue reading...

Commentary: Eye-opening discoveries

Is it time for a war on loss of sleep?

Subscriber onlyIt's official: Sleep is the new macaron. Continue reading...

Commentary: Soft news

Human-mattress domino record no flop

Subscriber onlyI saw the other day that the record for the largest number of human mattress dominoes had, literally, fallen. Didn't even know there was such a thing, and now, not only do I know it exists, I know that the breaking of the record signifies a group of people has done it twice. Continue reading...

In hot water

Surprise at home brings flood of emotions

Subscriber onlyFor the record, I like water. Continue reading...

Commentary: Eyes wide shut

In parenting, not knowing details is order of day

Subscriber onlyI've decided that the secret of effective parenting for me is very similar to how I handle roller coasters. Continue reading...

Commentary: Where's my utility belt?

Batman’s not only one with a lot to carry

Subscriber onlyOne of my favorite novels features a main character who decides she's going to wear a fishing vest when she travels, just so she'll have plenty of pockets in which to store her stuff. Continue reading...

Police: Suspect in Virginia bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

RICHMOND, Va. — A gunman shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were hurt, though it was not clear if they had been shot. Continue reading...

Commentary: He balks with the animals

What could possibly go wrong with child-animal photos?

Subscriber onlyOne of my most prized possessions, a "run back into the burning house to retrieve" item, is a picture of my granddaughter. Continue reading...

Commentary: A near miss

How’s it go? Spring forward, blame someone else?

Subscriber onlySo, I'm going to blame my wife. It won't be accurate or even fair, but, what the heck? What good is having a column if you can't use it to shamelessly flog your version of the truth, knowing that, thanks to the magic of the printed word, it's about to become a matter of public record? Continue reading...

Commentary: A loon-ey experience

Search for eagles on Beaver Lake a long time coming

Subscriber onlyWe were at the lake looking for bald eagles the other day, and a bunch of loons showed up. I wonder if the bald eagles ever feel the same way? Continue reading...

Commentary: Just around the corner

Search for material slow, but mother lode anticipated

Subscriber onlyAt this point, panic begins to set in. Continue reading...

Commentary: Nature calls

‘Progress’ coexists with NWA’s wild side

Subscriber onlyOnce upon a time, I got to see a presentation highlighting key identifying traits of people who are customers of my "day job" business. Continue reading...

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