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Exercise, naps keep holidays in good shape

December 25, 2011 EDITOR’S NOTE: Cole was on vacation in Virginia Beach and refused to write a Christmas column without snow. Here is a Cole Classic first published Dec. more »»

Forget the gadget; give me the box

December 18, 2011 I popped the USB card out of the camera when the cellphone shrilled. I muted the radio with the remote while Terry scurried from the microwave to catch the call before the answering machine did. more »»

If I were a cultured man ...

December 11, 2011 OK, I admit it — I’m a cultural nincompoop. The other day, I watched “Fiddler on the Roof” for the first time. more »»

Time to catch up on wasting work time

December 4, 2011 Wasting time is an art form. Unfortunately, my generation lags behind both in hours frittered away and general creativity in dodging actual work. more »»

Wordplay is child’s play for punsters

November 27, 2011 A boiled egg is hard to beat. Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide. more »»

Growing up not great, it just grates

November 20, 2011 Jimmy tugged the covers over his head and burrowed his face into his pillow against the sudden glare of the bedroom light. more »»

Uncle B’s turkey workout plan

November 13, 2011 Thanksgiving traditionally provides a bounty of family, friends, football and the occasional morsel of food. It also can be filled with all the angst of a plump turkey waking up next to a hatchet. more »»

Clean gene delays stuff getting done

November 6, 2011 I squinted down the penciled line, lined up the power saw and pressed the safety lock. Just as I was squeezing the trigger to unleash that board-chewing growl, a dust rug swished to my righ. more »»

This is your brain sizzling on Facebook

October 30, 2011 Scientists say there’s a direct link between how many Facebook friends a guy has and how much gray matter crams his cranium. more »»

Fun things to do on yet another rainy day

October 23, 2011 A family of ducks knocked on my door. The quacking sounded more like gurgles. They wanted to come inside to dry out for a while. I peered through yet another downpour. more »»

Getting bugged by cricket chivalry

October 16, 2011 New studies say male crickets will risk their lives to protect their mates from predators. Great. more »»

Hubby lost alone at home

October 9, 2011 Family business took my wife out of town for a couple days, and I missed her something fierce. I can’t find a thing without her. more »»

Recycle pumpkin innards

October 2, 2011 All I wanted was some practical, fulfilling uses for that gooey, squishy stuff you scoop from inside fall pumpkins. It’s the kind of thing one must consider now that it’s October. more »»

Combobs and nomers plague prefixes

September 25, 2011 Disheveled prose strikes me as discombobulating. So I strive for heveledness so that you and I may be combobbed. I find that eptness with words makes for gruntled readers. But it’s tough. more »»

Celebrating moth’s history as computer bug

September 18, 2011 For such a momentous, culture-changing event, the anniversary went largely unnoticed. Sept. 9, 1947 — the first recorded actual debugging of a computer. It was a moth. Seriously. more »»

Recycling fit(ness) takes shape

September 11, 2011 My wife reigns as a recycling master, and it worries me. She is prone to fits of recycling. By recycling, I am not referring to the tubs in which she separates plastics, glass, metals and paper. more »»

Rescue your brain by eating chocolate

September 4, 2011 At any given moment, roughly 98 percent of the American population is on a diet. The other 2 percent plan to start next week. Forget baseball. Dieting is the true national pastime. more »»

It’s time to bring back the metal lunchbox

August 28, 2011 Schools are refilling with gaggles and giggles of students well stocked with iPads, flash drives, laptop computers and the occasional book. more »»

See your summer off in odd festivals

August 21, 2011 Is your summer missing a food fight full of overly ripe tomatoes? Cheer up! Summer’s not over and neither are the weird and whacky ways to celebrat. more »»

Checking out photo deposits

August 14, 2011 My bank tells me that to make a deposit, now all I need to do is take a photo of the check with my cell phone, zap them the photo, and the money will be deposited into my account. more »»



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