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Biological Spring Is Several Weeks Away

It seems the older I get, the longer winter lasts. So, I was thrilled when the vernal equinox arrived last week. The sun has already begun rising a few minutes earlier and setting a few minutes later each day. My bones are beginning to warm up. However, the calendar does not guarantee blue ...

Summer Reading

I’ve never really understood the term “summer reading” because my reading habits don’t change with the seasons. If, however, your definition of summer reading is something light, yet satisfying, I have two series to recommend, both by the same author. I’ve just finished reading ...

The Good Life: ‘Living Separately Together’ In Marriage

My oldest son has attained the age of wisdom. “At some time during their marriage,” Chris said, “every couple should have separate houses for awhile.” The adults gathered around the table in our kitchen nodded sagely in what I presumed to be agreement. They included Chris; his mother ...

The Road Goes Where The Road Goes

People always seem surprised in moments like this. Always shocked. But they have no right to be. After all, the road goes where the road goes. If you travel southbound U.S. 1 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Key West. If you stay on northbound Interstate 5 long enough, you are ...

Canine Companion: Oh Poop! It’s A Dog’s Business

Hey, everybody. Oh, my goodness, it’s been such a long week. But the weather is finally starting to get better and it’s almost time to play outside. A lot. Regardless of the weather, our dogs still have to go potty. Sometimes this can be a daunting task. There have been plenty of ...

The SPLC Designates Itself Hostile

The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated itself an organization hostile to women and people of color. It fired its co-founder Morris Dees for unexplained reasons and removed his bio from its website at the same time it pledged to train its management in “racial equity, inclusion and ...

Reps Should Talk To Journalists

Earlier this month, my husband, Sen. Sherrod Brown, went on a listening tour of four early-primary states as he considered running for president. I traveled with him to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, as did a caravan of political reporters waiting to see if he would announce ...

Colleges Are Too Crazed With Diversity

Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people involved in cheating and bribery in order to get their children admitted to some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities such as Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, University of Texas, University of Southern California and UCLA. ...

Memo To Dems: 2020 Is Not 2018

Midterm elections have been generally unhelpful to U.S. House candidates of the sitting president’s party. From 1918 to 2016, according to political scientist Jacob Smith’s study for Ballotpedia, the president’s party lost an average of 29 House seats in midterm elections. In 2018, ...

Pelosi Is Right On Impeachment. Not Now And Probably Never

Nancy Pelosi has urged Democrats not to dive into impeaching President Donald Trump. Democrats, listen to her. “He’s not worth it,” she said. Yes, he’s a scourge on our democracy. Yes, he has almost certainly done deeds qualifying him for removal from office (though we await ...

Protect Your Kids From Google Predators

The father of the World Wide Web is right: It’s time to take back “complete control of your data.” Tim Berners-Lee, who conceived the first internet browser 30 years ago this week, warned of its increasing threats to “privacy, security and fundamental rights.” To mark the ...

The Democratic Moderates Vs. Liberals Split

As contenders line up for the 2020 presidential nomination, the Democratic Party is in a quandary over the rise of ultra-progressivism in its ranks. The party of FDR, Truman, Kennedy, LBJ, Clinton and Obama has generally flown under banner of liberalism. But it has also included many ...

A Marriage In Jack Benny Years

It was a 50-degree morning back on March 21, 1980. The day began with cloudy skies, before the rains came and the temperature began dropping rapidly. We were scurrying in many directions getting last minute things ready for our wedding, and reception, scheduled to take place the next day at ...

The Luck Of The Irish

There must be something to be said for the fact that, in the sixteen years I’ve been keeping daily weather records, the sun has always shone on March seventeenth. The day may be “partly sunny” but seen in those weather patterns is definitely some time which is a record and I suspect ...

Scarves, Boots And Mittens

Today there all types of scarves. Some of them are decorative only while others are serviceable. I have examples of each of these. Scarves are a very popular fashion accessory these days. I purchased one at a craft fair a few years ago that came with instructions on different ways to wear ...

28 Day Sugar Free Challenge

For the Win! Last month, Minneapolis Star-Tribune journalist Erica Pearson invited readers to join her in a 28-day Sugar-Free Challenge. Nearly 3,000 people took her up on the Challenge via a Facebook group devoted to going sugar-free in February, where they shared successes, barriers, ...

Nintendo Labo Pushes Education Through Gaming

Nintendo has almost always been on the forefront of making some of the most engaging, immersive and entertaining video games for people to play. From The Legend of Zelda to Super Mario, millions have enjoyed their interactive endeavors across multiple home consoles and handheld devices. The ...

Why Socialism Is Failing

One of the rotten fruits produced by what passes for today’s American education system is the ignorance some young people have about socialism. According to a new Harris Poll given exclusively to Axios, the news and information website, Generation Z (comprised of those born in 1995 or ...

Nothing Green About The New Deal

The so-called Green New Deal is a vacuous, fuzzy emanation from the mushy, delusional minds of radical left ideologues. It is something that does not even deserve serious consideration, yet there seem to be a lot of people who are seriously considering it, so lets take a look. H. Res. 109 is ...

Don’t Forget To Wash

We give hurricanes names. Maybe we should do the same with flu viruses. Instead of H3N1, we could name the current strain Ivan-as in Ivan The Horrible. We need names that are relatable-names that humiliate the flu because we all know the flu deserves it. I haven’t had the flu in a long ...