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Memories sweeter than cookies

March 6, 2011 Two brats and their sweet, long-suffering mother were struggling through the grocery store one day as Brat No. more »»

Big memories of little house

February 27, 2011 Editor’s note: Burton Cole called off sick, probably from eating too may packages of Oreos in one sitting. This classic Cole column first appeared in the Tribune Chronicle in January 2006. more »»

Pounding it out with the machines

February 20, 2011 Shades of John Henry! Not satisfied with beating chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, now an IBM computer whipped not one, but TWO champs — simultaneously — in a “Jeopardy!” tournament. more »»

Boomers dip into fountain of youth

February 13, 2011 My gang — baby boomers — has reached retirement age. Not me, not yet. I’m on the younger side of baby boomdom. more »»

Where’s the love, Stinky Face?

February 6, 2011 Remember when Valentine’s Day was simple? We didn’t have to guess, worry or wriggle. more »»

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 »»



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