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Scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 9:48 a.m. | Updated: aug. 22, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Scandals hiding in plain sight Comments 0 Comments

Mob mentality

I have admitted in this column many times that I have become a “grumpy old man.” Well, folks, here I go again. I often blame technology and the instant sharing of news and opinions on many of society’s ills, and that’s what I’m doing again today.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 9:50 a.m. | Updated: aug. 22, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Mob mentality Comments 0 Comments

How to grow grass under a tree

I have many colleagues who are of the turf persuasion and we have come to an understanding to agree to disagree. I think grass is a weed, they think a tree is a weed -- in nature the two aren’t meant to meet. This is why only grass grows on the Great Plains and only trees grow in the forest. But since we aren’t on the Plains or in the forest, we try and get plants to co-exist in arranged landscape designs we like to see.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 9:51 a.m. | Updated: aug. 22, 2014 6:00 a.m. | How to grow grass under a tree Comments 0 Comments

When practice just kills time

Last week we spent a few minutes talking about being the best in the world in a particular field.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 9:37 a.m. | Updated: aug. 22, 2014 6:00 a.m. | When practice just kills time Comments 0 Comments

The ‘Harmony County Stud Muffin’ column

As the primary pundit at the “Harmony County Weekly Blister,” I am frequently called upon to perform many tasks. So, besides winding up the cat and putting out the clock, I also write the advice to the lovelorn column entitled, “Ask the Stud Muffin.”

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 9:40 a.m. | Updated: aug. 20, 2014 6:00 a.m. | The ‘Harmony County Stud Muffin’ column Comments 0 Comments

A case for Zemp

I never played high school football. My glory days ended with the little league Lions and the gridiron of my youth is now a stand of depressingly mature pine trees across the old, worn foot bridge in Woodward Park. Like many, I now enjoy the pleasure of watching and cheering on younger generations and look forward to each new season as it plays out on our home field at Zemp Stadium. It is my opinion that we, as a community, should keep Zemp and prepare the old facility for the future.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 9:41 a.m. | Updated: aug. 20, 2014 6:00 a.m. | A case for Zemp Comments 0 Comments

Here comes Entrepreneur Barbie

WASHINGTON -- Lego’s groundbreaking female-scientists set sold out almost immediately after it was released this month. But never fear, fans of feminist toys: A new Barbie doll, now in stock, is also shattering the plastic ceiling.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 8:50 a.m. | Updated: aug. 20, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Here comes Entrepreneur Barbie Comments 0 Comments

‘This I Believe’

For the past couple of years, our district has designated one book for summer reading for secondary students. I’ve really liked this approach. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm and gotten entire families involved. This year’s book, This I Believe II, is a collection of personal essays by a very diverse group of people, ranging from legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to author Studs Terkel. The book got me to thinking; if I was to write an essay about what I believe about education, what would I say?

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Posted: aug. 15, 2014 9:31 a.m. | Updated: aug. 18, 2014 6:00 a.m. | ‘This I Believe’ Comments 0 Comments

Greenville is doing it right

Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one’s hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.

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Posted: aug. 15, 2014 9:39 a.m. | Updated: aug. 18, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Greenville is doing it right Comments 0 Comments

The hot pink luggage

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama’s house. That’s when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

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Posted: aug. 15, 2014 8:34 a.m. | Updated: aug. 18, 2014 6:00 a.m. | The hot pink luggage Comments 0 Comments

Remembering Robin Williams

I am man enough to admit that I have cried more than once since the news broke that Robin Williams had died by what local officials said was suicide.

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Posted: aug. 15, 2014 12:31 p.m. | Updated: aug. 18, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Remembering Robin Williams Comments 0 Comments


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