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Envelope opens ocean of memories

January 30, 2011 The return address on the 9-by-12 envelope took me back more than 40 years. Wooden desktops mounted on hollow tube frames. George Washington’s portrait hanging on a plaster wall. more »»

Emptying out the old mailbag

January 23, 2011 Trying to navigate my way to my desk the other day, I tripped over the big, ol’ mailbag I meant to put away some day. more »»

Doldrums? Humdrum? This winter, go for yum!

January 16, 2011 It’s the middle of January and only the chilling layers of snow muffle the drum, drum, drumming of the winter doldrums. more »»

Here’s some more corn from Pop

January 9, 2011 The blizzard pounded away at the house, squeezing it into ever-smaller confinement. I was trapped inside with The Youth and desperately searched for a distraction. more »»

Nagging? There’s an app for that

January 2, 2011 Today is Jan. 2, which means that 78 percent of all New Year’s resolutions already have been broken. Why? Because we forgot to tell the electronic ‘‘mothers’’ who run our lives. more »»

Holiday mysteries to roast in your wassail

December 26, 2010 As the Christmas weekend lingers and the new year looms, let us go a-wassailing among the leaves so green. more »»

The season of regiving

December 19, 2010 Remember the less practical days of gift giving when you had to keep, display or wear whatever plopped beneath your Christmas tree? All of us as kids had someone like nutty ol’ Aunt Bertha Lou who,... more »»

Fundraisers sing the bake sale blues

December 12, 2010 I am in favor of sound, solid, stringent nutrition. Other people’s, I mean. As for me, leggo my Cheetos. Back away from my brownies. And don’t sink my sub sandwiches. more »»

Men and boys and the size of their toys

December 5, 2010 Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might ... receive an Edible Gingerbread Playhouse tonight. It’s only $15,000 from Neiman Marcus. more »»

My memory is running on fumes

November 28, 2010 If there ever was a need for a third constant in life — besides death and taxes — it should be that the gas cap always will be on the passenger side of the car. Or build them all on the driver’s side. more »»

I’m on a diet; please pass the Twinkies

November 21, 2010 It’s the best thing since sliced potatoes deep fried and dipped in sour cream and chives. more »»

Does anybody know what day it is today?

November 14, 2010 Let me be the first to wish you a happy National American Teddy Bear Day. What? You didn’t know? Well, Nov. 14 also is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. more »»

Growing older sure beats the alternative

November 7, 2010 The Fonz turned 65 last month. First Karate Kid Ralph Macchio is kid no more — he waxed on 49 years last week. Judge Wapner hits 90 next week. more »»

Super-powered kitchen gadgets

October 31, 2010 Flipping through a catalog of must-have kitchen gadgets, Terry had enough. ‘‘Oh, come on!’’ she exploded. ‘‘Why would ANYBODY need this?’’ She waved the catalog under my nose. more »»

Vote for tricks or treat

October 24, 2010 Ghouls and goblins, they come creeping to your door. more »»

Snackers crave quiet to crunch by

October 17, 2010 Hush! We like our snacks quiet, thank you. They’re easier to sneak that way. Last year, Frito-Lay introduced an environmentally friendly, biodegradable bag for its SunChips. more »»

Pickup lines should be put back down

October 10, 2010 We, as guys, love our pickup lines, which we know are witty, clever and bound to make girls swoon right into our waiting arm. more »»

Thoughts wander while work delays

October 3, 2010 Have you ever spent far more time avoiding a chore than it would have taken to just do it in the first place? Nah. Me either. When it’s time to get a thing done, I just do it. Jump right in. more »»

Money really does buy happiness

September 26, 2010 Happiness costs $75,000. That’s the expense report from the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University, which rang up a report this month that says yes, you can buy happines. more »»

A clean desk spills the wrong message

September 19, 2010 “A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind.’’ That astute observation is attributed to none other than genius Albert Einstein. more »»



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