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  • A few tiny nuggets of truth we can relate to
    10/30/2020 Paul Dickson has written 65 books and I’ve read most of them. During his long career he collected thousands of observations—tiny nuggets of truth—that we can all relate to, and all in a book called: The Official Rules: 5,427 Laws, Principles, and Axioms to Help You Cope with Crises, Deadlines, Bad Luck, Rude Behavior, Red Tape and Attacks by Inanimate Objects. WHEW! That’s just the title. 
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  • Applications you can apply with ease or anger
    10/23/2020 On a cold, rainy day last week, with nothing else to do, I decided to clean up my home…screen. Over the years, I’ve downloaded various apps to my cell phone, many of which I either never used, or I found too frustrating to get them to work properly. Here are a few that I have just deleted:
    The Yo App: This app allows me to simply hit the notification button and the word “Yo” is sent to the desired person in my contacts. Just the word Yo. Nothing else. Millions of people downloaded this app. I was hoping I could change the word Yo to Oy. No luck.
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  • Talking about taters, potatoes to be exact
    10/16/2020 If you had to choose one food to live on for the rest of your life, what would it be? I provide this question as a public service for those in long-term relationships who are pretty much stuck at home and desperately need something to debate.
    I asked my wife for her response, and she said I had to give my choice first. That sounded like a trap, but I replied, “Okay, Mary Ellen, if I had to pick one thing, I’d say your delicious chicken piccata.”
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  • Something to chew on during this spooky season
    10/9/2020 Lots of big news in the world of candy. First, as you may have heard, due to COVID there will be no Peeps this Halloween. In fact, there may be no Halloween this Halloween.
    Scientists have recently raised some concern about licorice. Apparently, a Massachusetts construction worker died of an overdose. He ate three bags of black licorice a day for two weeks, which the experts say results in a toxic level of glycyrrhizic acid. 
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  • Playing with some rotten corn and a plank with a hole in it
    10/2/2020 I’m a born and bred (mostly Jewish rye) New Yorker, but I’ve lived for 40 years in Indianapolis. I’ve eaten biscuits and gravy for breakfast, lunch and dinner (not all on the same day). I’ve had a pork tenderloin that is four times bigger than the bun, and I even wear shorts when it’s below freezing outside. So I do consider myself a Hoosier, but then the other day I was really tested when my wife confronted me with this:
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  • Running commentary and a running joke
    9/25/2020 I run five miles a day, but those who have observed me in action question the use of the word “run” and even the word “action.” The baby steps I take—as opposed to a long athletic stride—have resulted in some significant mocking. I now wonder whether my plan to win the Mini Marathon should be removed from my bucket list. 
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  • Getting through the hard times with a good gift catalog
    9/18/2020 Sitting on my back porch on a particularly hot recent day, it was a breath of cold air when the mail arrived with six Christmas catalogs. It was just in the nick of time because I had planned to start my holiday shopping any 90 days now.
    My favorite publication in the pile was the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. I haven’t made fun of their eccentric gift suggestions in almost two years, so summer is the perfect time to get back in the Christmas spirit.
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  • Adventures of what was lost in the medicine cabinet
    9/11/2020 For the longest time, I had a label on my cell phone displaying the mobile number so if I lost the device the person who found it could call me. I realized how incredibly dumb that was when I left it at Ace Hardware one day and when I finally went back and found it, I had 24 messages from people who wanted me to know that it was “right here” in Lawn and Garden by the azaleas.
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  • Remembering my collection of ties to honor heroes
    9/4/2020 I haven’t worn a tie in years–with one exception. I always wore one to the Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday—that is, before we started Zooming our services. The ties were from my special collection of neckwear to honor legendary comedic heroes I admire. I’ve combed Amazon, searched eBay and googled just about every name in hopes of finding some new ones. Meanwhile, here’s a look at a few faces currently in my collection.
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  • Some of my favorite stories about Barney the beagle
    8/28/2020 Here are some of my favorite stories about Barney, my beagle buddy who accompanied me on 2,700 remote shoots for WISH-TV from 1991 until 2003. With one exception, I have no video evidence of these adventures, but who could forget them?
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