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The Poetry Fixer

May 27, 2015
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The Poetry Fixer

A self-published poet who focused on homelessness in her work has resigned after only a week on the job as North Carolina’s poet laureate following criticism of the governor’s appointment process. Associated Press As I…

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Aging Hippie Recalls Days of Rage With Child’s Play

May 26, 2015
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Aging Hippie Recalls Days of Rage With Child’s Play

DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois. At the age of 61, Zack Coffelt still can’t believe he’s a grandfather, much less a happy one. “My generation believed you couldn’t trust anyone over 30, and now I’m an old…

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Someday All This Crap Will Be Yours

May 25, 2015
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Someday All This Crap Will Be Yours

When I saw the news I gulped involuntarily; a man riding a bike had been struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver not far from where I make the turn to head home from my…

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Jack Garner, Parsley Farmer

May 24, 2015
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Jack Garner, Parsley Farmer

Jack Garner gazed out over the farm that had been in his family for three generations and gave out a sigh of exasperation. He looked down the rows of curly leaf parsley, often used as…

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Nazi Muff-Diving: It Could’ve Happened Here

May 23, 2015
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Nazi Muff-Diving: It Could’ve Happened Here

Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start of summer, and with it beach reading. An unexpected by-product of summer’s lower intellectual standards is that one’s literary risk-reward ratio expands exponentially, the way pole vaulting records…

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A Day in the Life of a Federal Catfish Inspector

May 22, 2015
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A Day in the Life of a Federal Catfish Inspector

To date the U.S. Department of Agriculture has spent $20 million to set up a catfish office without inspecting a single catfish.  I’m not making that up. Senator John McCain, remarks on Senate floor in…

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At the Bizarro Rotary Club

May 21, 2015
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At the Bizarro Rotary Club

It’s noontime on Wednesday, time for me to head over to the Bothner Hotel for the weekly meeting of our local chapter of the Bizarro Rotary Club. It’s a great bunch and when you’re a…

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For Some US Students, Heavy Backpacks Are Good Training

May 20, 2015
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For Some US Students, Heavy Backpacks Are Good Training

QUIBDO, Colombia.  It’s “Day of Return” in this, the capital of the Choco, a department (roughly equivalent to a U.S. state) of Colombia.  “Today we put the Children of Affluence back into the belly of…

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One Standup Comic Never Counted Out His Dream

May 19, 2015
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One Standup Comic Never Counted Out His Dream

PARAMUS, New Jersey.  Mike Ross, Jr., comes from a long line of entertainers.  His grandfather, Aaron Ross, was a tap dancer, his father Mike Sr. a slick-haired crooner in the 50′s, and his mother Annette…

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Coriolis Effect Has Things Topsy-Turvy Down Under

May 18, 2015
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Coriolis Effect Has Things Topsy-Turvy Down Under

AUCKLAND, New Zealand.  The morning skies are grey as our plane touches down at Auckland Airport, but that doesn’t dampen our spirits as my family and I peer out the windows for our first glance…

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