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Chocolate: Eat your way to greatness

October 14, 2012 The latest word on chocolate is the greater a country’s per capita consumption of the sweet stuff, the greater its haul of Nobel Prize winners. Well, duh. Chocolate supercharges brains to brilliance. more »»

Rakes wake up as leaves fall down

October 7, 2012 Hues of reds, browns, yellows and purples drape the trees. Leaves flutter from the branches, gently carpeting the ground. A crispness dances in the year. more »»

Pondering more of life’s imponderables

September 30, 2012 I was just wondering, would the speed of lightning be even speedier if it didn’t waste time zigzagging about the sky? And how do you go about greasing the stuff, anyway? Just wondering, where does... more »»

Talking? There’s an app for that

September 23, 2012 A wider viewing screen. Faster video streaming. Another row of icons and an expanded onscreen calendar. For a TELEPHONE! I miss the days of soup cans and strin. more »»

Details, details, details

September 16, 2012 My wife, Terry, is a details person. Most people reading an article they considered faulty would throw down the magazine and mutter. Terry calls the writer and compares her research with his. more »»

Hopping over to a frog’s life

September 9, 2012 It’s a frog’s life. I have no clue what I mean by that. All I know is that frogs keep hopping up wherever I turn. If you’re squeamish about frogs, you may want to leap clear of m. more »»

Geezers work out the bugs of technology

September 2, 2012 The misery started right after I pulled up to the gas pump. I had forgotten my debit card. ‘‘Take mine,’’ my wife said. more »»

Experts give advice on everyone else’s jobs

August 26, 2012 Have you ever noticed how everyone else is an expert at your job? The fewer reliable facts one has to confuse one’s thinking, the greater the expertise one is compelled to share on exactly what you... more »»

Stupid is as doing stupid stuff does

August 19, 2012 If there’s one thing I do well, it’s stupid stuff. I’m a bit of an expert. For example, anyone could clear the table after a family meal. You don’t even have to be smart. more »»

Humor columnist a-knockin’

August 12, 2012 What kind of phone does the ocean have? A shell phone. Where can you find hippos? It depends on where you hid them. What do you get when you cross a centipede with a parrot? A walkie-talkie. more »»

The down and dirty on good health

August 5, 2012 Put down that antibacterial soap for a second, slide that sterilized mug aside and take a look at this report: Clean habits are mucking up good health. It’s true, my squeamish friends. more »»

I remember it clearly ...

July 29, 2012 She strode into the room, then slammed on the brakes. She studied the walls, then the ceiling. Finally, her gaze fixed on me. more »»

Just wondering, how do I ponder life?

July 22, 2012 A lot of questions have flooded my email lately, and they have me wondering. more »»

Zap! Sock! Ow! Old supers star in stories

July 15, 2012 Zowie! It’s the ‘‘Summer of Superheroes’’ and this looks like a job for my secret identity as a screenwriter. Lately, filmmakers have biff! bam! powed! the theaters with superhero origins movie. more »»

No, really. Who was that masked man?

July 8, 2012 Searching for words of inspiration the other day, I found this: ‘‘When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, ‘How would the Lone Ranger... more »»

Cool off with tips from the animals

July 1, 2012 Baby, it’s hot outside. I tried thinking cool but my imagination overheated. more »»

Train of thought derailed

June 24, 2012 Yeah, it’s just like that. That’s why I told the guy that from now on, I’ll just play stupid. ‘‘Not much of a stretch there,’’ he mumbled. more »»

Help! I lost Grandma at the airport

June 17, 2012 Some people merely lose their luggage at an airport. I lost Grandma. Grandma was returning from her winter home in Florida. more »»

Who wants to eat worms, anyway?

June 10, 2012 You know why the early bird gets the worm? Early risers are too groggy to realize what they’re eating. Getting up before dawn didn’t do much for the health of the worm, either. more »»

Ol’ farm boy’s country wisdom

June 3, 2012 People often ask me how I came to be so full of wisdom. Well, OK, maybe ‘‘wisdom’’ isn’t the exact word they use. I wish someone would ask sometime because I know the answer: I grew up on a farm. more »»

 
 

 

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