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Service dogs heal the trauma of war

Our botched withdrawal from Afghanistan is hard to witness, but hearing the reports of Taliban brutality is even worse. The U.S. Sun reports that “women face having ‘fingers cut off for using...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 2, 2021

Striking up some ratings for the Olympics

Maybe croquet could improve the ratings for the 2021 Summer Olympics? Please allow me to explain. The COVID-delayed 2020 Olympics are on track to be the lowest watched games of the 21st century,...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 19, 2021

RVing trend good for civility

It’s an old dream of mine and I just may do it: Buy a travel trailer and live on the American road for weeks at a time. Recreational vehicle living is a growing trend, particularly for younger...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 12, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful days, Jack

Every night, just before bed, he’d thank his bride of 70 years for giving him another wonderful day on earth. That was the sweet-hearted nature of Jack Krieger, my family’s next-door neighbor for...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 5, 2021

Civic lessons for the Fourth of July

You can become an American citizen by being born in the U.S., or you can become one by getting “naturalized.” Becoming naturalized is a heck of a lot harder. It not only means having to meet all...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 21, 2021

My dad taught me how

Need to learn how to unclog a shower drain, jump-start a car, shave your face without bleeding to death, or successfully address dozens of other practical adult daily activities? Rob Kenney offers...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 14, 2021

The dying art of conversation

Texting is replacing talking as the preferred form of communication? According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75 percent of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between bein...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 7, 2021

Saving our elders from the dirty rotten scammers

I just got another scam phone call from someone pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, and my blood is boiling. When I answered my phone — from the 480 area code in Arizona, far...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    May 24, 2021

Fighting off cyberscammers

Everyone is at risk of being scammed now. The recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline was a wakeup call for everyone in America. Ransomware is malicious software that cyberscammers use to...

 
 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...

 

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