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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...

Commentary: A few minutes of your time...

It’s political season, so that means telephone polls

Subscriber onlyThis is why I seldom get called more than once by political polling organizations: Continue reading...

Commentary: Anything you can do ...

Just because it looks easy doesn’t mean it is

Subscriber onlyHave you ever come across someone performing a seemingly ordinary task and, after a small amount of observation, said, "I could do that?" Continue reading...

Commentary: Tick, tock, alarm clock

Waking up to reality, then hitting ‘snooze’

Subscriber onlyI spent some time this weekend watching an old pro try to limp along again and, when called on to perform a critical job, stagger through once more against tremendous odds. Continue reading...

Commentary: Sprechen Sie corporate?

Leaving work-speak at the door good idea for home life

Subscriber onlyI took two semesters of Spanish in high school, mostly because I thought I had to. Turns out the "broma" was on me, since my college didn't actually require a foreign language to gain admission. Which would have been nice to know before I was conjugating verb tenses without knowing what words I was conjugating or, frankly, what conjugating was. Continue reading...

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