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Arduino and Nicodemus
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When we are making big changes in our lives we ask ourselves, am I doing the right thing? After we’ve made the big changes in our lives and it’s too late to go back, we ask ourselves, … more
An Instant Cult Classic 
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I went out last weekend to the movies with one of my best friends to see the film “Lisa Frankenstein” directed by the late Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda. I had no preconceived … more
My wife and I started our relationship fast. Our first date was February 3rd, we got engaged on May 11th, and were married six months later. It was a fast start, but after twenty-seven years, things … more
I love the alternative band Fall Out Boy, but I really dislike their version of Billy Joel’s iconic song “We Didn’t Start Fire.” I heard it live before it was a single last … more
My funny Valentine
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As Valentine’s Day is next week, I decided to do a little research on its history. What I found was interesting … and a little kinky. You may already know that Valentine's Day was … more
Assembly Language
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I almost began this piece by saying, “Humans run stories like computers run programs.” It gets toward my point, but it falls into some dangerous territory. Please allow me to explain. … more
Curmudgeon recovery plan
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It has been pointed out to me that ever since my 2024 Andy Rooney curmudgeon rant a month back, I’ve been at the mercy of what the Germans call weltschmerz — psychic pain, world … more
The Arthouse “Barbie” Movie
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I watched the Oscar nominated feminist black comedy “Poor Things” and I need to discuss it. It explored many themes of what it means to be a woman in 2024 and our gender roles that … more
Stocks Shuffle Along, Set New Record Highs
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Cliff Young, a 61-year-old potato farmer, shuffled down the highway for over five days straight to win a grueling 543-mile ultra marathon in 1983. It was his first race, and he ran it wearing … more
Boundaries 2024
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CUTLINE: My yoga injury has made it difficult to do my other jobs as a special education English teacher and freelance writer. CHAR STRONG / THE MORNING SUN "Love yourself enough to set … more
The subzero, hoodie misinformation blues
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“Woke up this mornin', feelin' round for my shoes. But you know 'bout that babe. I, got these old walkin' blues.” — Robert Johnson These past few weeks I’ve found myself … more
Bubba and Taylor Swift
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I got a call last week from my old friend Bubba from back home.  He’s the one that lives just the other side of Wapanucka.  We passed and repassed on just about every subject under … more
Percy Jackson and Stephen Fry
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I’ve been watching the series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” on Disney Plus with my family.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Percy Jackson, he is a creation … more
The American Dream is Killing Me
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I guess I have a rant this week about the state of “punk music” and especially the band Green Day. I am not the biggest Green Day fan. They are not in the top three of Foo Fighters, … more
Androcles, the lion, and the jackasses
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Back in the day when I got a splinter in my foot Mother Helen or Grandma Mary were the go-to removers. If it couldn’t be pushed out with a good hard squeeze on both sides (like a pimple) … more
A Fresh Start for Your Finances
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The first day back to work in January, I thought my wife had shrunk my dry-clean-only pants in the dryer. She hadn't; I guess I had too many peanut butter balls between Christmas and New Year's Day. … more
The NFL doesn’t care about you
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I had a couple of days of low anxiety and nights of deep, relaxing sleep — in good measure because of getting things off my chest in last week’s rant.   Then, on Monday, I heard … more
Curmudgeon Rant
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The older I get the more I’m aware of the need to take life’s aggravations in stride, but I’ve also learned that a good diatribe is necessary from time to time to clean out the … more
In the details
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Have you seen the meme of the Venn Diagram with the three overlapping circles? There are a number of variations of it. In one the three circles are labeled respectively “Bank Robbers,” … more
New Year's Resolutions?
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It is apparently a very American idea to start the New Year with a resolution or two. According to Forbes Health, which conducted a survey about the attitudes of New Year's Resolutions, only 12% of … more
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