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  • Leap Day: It’s time for a change Greg doering047cut.mercury

    As anyone who’s observed children for any length of time knows, time is an artificial construct. My nieces and nephews, especially, understand that time is malleable as they’ve perfected turning five more minutes into something just short of .

  • Yes we can…write a great slogan Kristina.phatch

    Now that presidential primary season is fully underway, I’ve started thinking about a key part of any campaign: the slogan. There aren’t any especially memorable slogans this year, it seems, but every campaign is trying to make its .

  • Skimming the tabloids Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    The check-out line at Dillon’s apparently has come to a halt. Normally, I don’t pay a lick of attention in situations like this — grocery shopping puts me in a bit of a daze — but the slowdown seemed to .

  • The heartbreak, thrills of fandom Brian mug.phatch

    Today is the Super Bowl. For anybody who loves football, this should be one of the most enjoyable days of the year. I would probably enjoy the game more if my team was playing in it, but we all can’.

  • Let it snow: Enjoy beauty of winter Chris.mercury

    When it comes to snow, there’s very little middle ground. People are either for or against it, and I’m pretty sure age is a strong predictor of one’s opinion. It makes sense, because children see snow as .

  • Giving my regards Kristina.phatch

    My love of musicals is something I’ve carried with me since I was a small child. I love watching, hearing, singing along with and just generally enjoying musicals. I enjoy something more the second you add good music, but .

  • It’s not a real party without a good theme Megan.moser1

    The other day, I was in Home Depot, perusing the axes, as one does, when an employee came by to offer his help. I told him I was looking for a small ax — maybe more of a hatchet, really. He .

  • Don’t let pizza ruin friendships Dylan.mercury

    In college my friends called me “the pizza czar.” I’m a fan of pizza. I believe it’s the best food item that has graced human existence. Some foodstuffs come close — like sandwiches — but nothing beats pizza. I’ve .

  • Not so new New Year’s resolutions Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? They actually mean a lot to me, because some of my resolutions go all the way back to grammar school. Which is to say, they were not quite voluntary. For instance, my .

  • Reviving a morbid investment Greg doering047cut.mercury

    Tontines are completely illegal, a little morbid… and the future of investing. At least that’s a common theme among recent articles trumpeting economists, lawyers and academics touting these precursors to modern annuities as the savior of current and future .

  • Past hits and misses of gift buying Chris.mercury

    Buying presents for people is hard, especially when you’re working with a budget dependent on a journalist’s salary. For example, I can think of something that would make an absolutely perfect present for my younger sister — a pony. .

  • A crisis of identity…for friends Megan.moser1

    Once again, the mail was meant for me, but it didn’t bear my name. The envelope was addressed to a “Mr. and Mrs. Brendan Praeger.” Well, my husband is Mr. Brendan Praeger, but I’m not a Mrs. I .


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