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  • 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 .

  • Surviving a visit from young nieces Greg doering047cut.mercury

    My daughter is now an officially enrolled high school senior. And after a busy summer, my wife and I are feeling much closer to senior citizen status than we should. To be more specific, we’ve seemingly been going from .

  • Digging in at the beach Lea.mercury

    Having grown up in Massachusetts a short drive from the coast, one of the things I miss, especially during the summer, is going to the beach. When I was around 4 or 5, I wanted to be an archaeologist. (I recently asked .

  • It’s time for dresses and dancing Kristina.phatch

    Wedding season is in full swing, and although I attended my only wedding of this year last weekend, I’m still pretty excited about it. My friend Kayla, whom I’ve known since eighth grade, got married last weekend, and .

  • Something old, something new, something blue Brian mug

    Life hacks. It’s all about finding ways to game the system of life to your advantage. I stumbled across a pretty good one last weekend. I found a way to extend my three-day weekend into a five-day vacation. All .


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