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  • My little brother, the marine

    Last weekend I traveled to San Diego with my mom, niece and nephew to watch my little brother graduate from Marine Corps boot camp training. I had mixed feelings about him joining the military in the first place, so I .

  • What’s your Manhattan eye-Q?

    How observant are you? If you’re a person who pays attention to your surroundings, then you should do pretty well on this quiz. It’s all about Manhattan stuff. 1. This quote from Horace Mann, a 19th century politician and .

  • Can you only adapt for so long?

    Earlier this week the Gmail app on my phone updated to a new display. Instead of the normal list of emails in a generic pattern for easy reading, the app now uses a bunch of colors and pushed spam and .

  • All ready for season’s greetings

    Now that Halloween has passed, I feel like the holiday season has officially begun, and it’s one of my favorite times of year. There are some wonderful, joyful things about the last couple months of the year, and I’.

  • A legend close to home

    You might have heard that Bill Murray got a big award this past week. It was a star-studded event at the Kennedy Center in New York, and people like Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver and Miley Cyrus were part of the .

  • Trip was a grand ole experience

    Forty years ago, I was a young journalist working at my first real job for Grit, a nationally circulated newspaper headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Grit carried a lot of entertaining content, including feature stories on popular show-biz personalities. Readers assumed .

  • Flint Hills superlatives

    I arrived in Kansas last summer with very little idea of where I was or what I was doing. I still don’t always know what I’m doing, but I have built up a stockpile of knowledge about northeast .

  • Tricks that aren’t for kids

    It’s almost time for the 53rd annual Halloween spectacular. I don’t know when Halloween actually started, so that might not be accurate. Activities based around Halloween can be fun for both children and adults, but the fun rarely .

  • Life changes bring new adventures

    I thought my husband and I would spend our fifth anniversary on some kind of vacation. We always talked about going back to Hawaii, where we went for our honeymoon, or maybe to Costa Rica, where neither of us has .

  • Lessons from laid back Hawaii

    As everyone who visits my wife Joyce’s Facebook page knows, she and I returned recently from a two week tour of Hawaii, with a five-day stop in Southern California on our way to the islands. Some impressions from our .

  • Sports about community, not only wins

    With the beginning of the NFL season just around the corner and a new team taking the field in Los Angeles, I feel it is necessary to reflect on how sports are more about personal identity than they are about .

  • On the real time… or not

    How old am I really? In theory, my birth on May 27, 1989, would make me 27, as of Aug. 28, 2016. (Kinda disappointed that people forgot the three-month anniversary of my 27th birthday on Saturday.) Journalists may not be the best at math, but .


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