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 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    April 26, 2021

The high price of a modest roof

The cost of construction materials has gone through the roof – if you can still afford a roof, which isn’t very affordable right now. All I wanted to do was build a modest roof over my modest...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    April 19, 2021

Baseball strikes out on politics

You can’t escape politics anywhere now – not even in America’s once great pastime, baseball. A “pastime,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “something that amuses and serves...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    March 15, 2021

Looney Times

Is the world finally coming to grips with the wrongs I endured as a child growing up in the 1970s? I came of age before 24-hour cable news channels sensationalized childhood abductions and made every...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    March 8, 2021

Believe it or not, money isn't the key to happiness

Get this: A study by McGill University has found that more money does not necessarily make people in low-income countries happier. I like more money as much as the next guy, but that does not...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    March 1, 2021

The puppy solution

Coffee. I need coffee. And sleep. And food. I picked up my Lab puppy, Thurber, four days ago. I have spent every waking moment since happily tending to the little guy's considerable needs. Before I...

 

Biden, Social Security, my retirement and the wealthy

It's February. It's cold. To fend off the winter blahs, I dream of one day retiring to a warm beach, where I'll stand in the surf, sipping beverages from glasses with little umbrellas in them. I spend...

 

Simpler taxes long promised, never delivered

I love winter. I love snow. I love making a roaring fire in my fireplace on a chilly day. But I hate one thing about this time of year: taxes. February is rough for the self-employed. It's rough...

 

Resisting Girl Scout cookies' temptations harder than ever

The country is divided, in massive debt, and our future isn't looking so good– but thankfully, I have more immediate worries to consume my energies. Girl Scout cookies are back. I'm on a diet, you s...

 

Longing for authenticity, even if it's fake

The older I get, the more I am turning into my father. You see, the world makes less sense to me every day. My fellow man puzzles me more every day. I cite exhibit A: crappy stone walls. I know a...

 

Viruses and responses differ. Human nature doesn't.

The way my siblings and I responded to my family's chicken-pox outbreak in 1973 may shed light on Americans' responses to COVID-19 in 2020. I was about 10 and remember how differently my five sisters...

 

Covid grinch can't steal our Christmas.

Sorry, COVID-19, but you're not going to stop our Christmas cheer this year. You remind me of the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The Grinch, you see, is a miserable old...

 

Finding the good in our grief with Charlie Brown

Good grief. It surprised me how sad I was that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" would no longer air on broadcast television. I felt like I'd lost a chunk of my childhood. In October, Apple TV+ acquired...

 

COVID-19 obscures how great 2020 really was

As challenging a year as 2020 has been, we still should be thankful that it has been the best year in human history to be alive. Consider: In 1920, according to the book “Enlightenment Now,” the...

 

America 2020: A good time for a nice, long sleep

“It’s a miracle!” said the doctor. “You’ve just awakened from a coma after a terrible accident in October 2016, but you’re doing well, all things considered!” “I’ve been out for more...

 

Coronavirus, divisive politics have autumn optimism in short supply

I made it through the summer of COVID-19 – though I’m thankful that neither I nor any of my family have contracted the novel coronavirus. I know that the summer doesn’t technically end until...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 31, 2020

Join COVID-19 home buying rush, develop common sense

American home ownership is soaring, which is good for all of us. Home sales slowed during the early months of COVID-19, as millions of Americans stayed inside. In the past few months, however, with...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 24, 2020

The vanishing art of empathy

Joe Biden reminded the world what grace looks like. Robert Trump, President Trump’s younger brother, died Saturday. In response, Biden tweeted: “Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to learn of your...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 17, 2020

The longer we're isolated, the less productive we get

COVID-19 is getting old– particularly for employees who’ve been working from home for months. That’s the finding of a Wall Street Journal article, “Companies Start to Think Remote Work...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 10, 2020

American means freedom to them

A friend of mine can’t for the life of him understand why some Americans are clamoring to replace capitalism with socialism. Born in Vietnam, he was a young boy when he and his family barely...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 3, 2020

Laughter really is the best medicine

I missed it again. So did the rest of America. July 1’s unofficial International Joke Day came and went without fanfare. That’s regrettable, because we could all use a good belly laugh right now -...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 27, 2020

Perpetual anger no help amid pandemic

Good grief: Apparently, America has yet to move past the anger phase regarding COVID-19. In 1969, you see, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross described five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 20, 2020

Opinion: Amid pandemic, take pen in hand

I can't recall the last time I wrote or received a handwritten letter- but it's time to send such letters again. The reasons why the handwritten letter died are obvious: e-mail, text messaging and...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 13, 2020

A cool idea whose time has come again

I’m getting a whole-house attic fan installed this week – just like the one my father had installed in my childhood home – and I cannot wait to cool my house using his old-time methods. I have...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 29, 2020

Kids, pedal them pandemic blues away!

Here’s one good thing about the COVID-19 pandemic: Bike sales are booming. I hope that means kids will begin riding in big numbers again. There was a big bike-sales boom in the early 1970s, too...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 22, 2020

The blessings of having a stubborn father

My father’s mission was to tame the stupidity out of me – a powerful blessing too few children are experiencing now. My dad had his work cut out for him. Over the years, I shattered a picture...

 

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