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Ever since the announcement of Donald Trump's intentions to enter the Republican primary, this writer has been vexed at the president's lack of oratory discipline. Even in speeches which were honed by campaign committee, Trump would travel off on more
I gave him my ice cream bowl. I know they say you shouldn't give dogs ice cream. But it was just the empty bowl with a coating of coffee ice cream that I couldn't get with a spoon. Really, how could that be dangerous? Ollie was watching my every move, more
It's before 7 a.m. the Saturday before Christmas. The windshield is glazed with ice and it's raining slightly. I expect to find the roads clear, but I'm mistaken. I have to wait for a break in the traffic on West Shore Road, although I'm glad to see more
Can you measure joy? Sure, you can sum up a vacation, a night on the town, an outing with friends as a “good time,” or a “great time.” And there are those times when you feel an uplifting, … more
You know we're getting used to this. So, the forecast was for a powerful nor'easter with high winds, lots of rain and ending with an inch to two inches of wet snow. That apparently didn't trouble too many. After all this is New England and, as we know, more
There's music in gutters. That's not always the case when it rains. More often than not, gutters become problematic when nearby trees fill them with leaves and twigs. Then instead of a lullaby of tinkling there's the splattering of water running down the more
“Cousin.” The “secret word” had me flummoxed. How was I to draw a picture that would convey that word to the player at my right? The rules prevented me from using any words or numbers. I … more
I didn’t ask the obvious, “Do you have a cell phone?” I’m sure Betty Law has one. Who doesn’t have one and who doesn’t think it perfectly natural to dial a number, or say “call” … more
A little snow is all it took to inspire me to get the Christmas tree. “Let’s get the tree Sunday,” Carol said earlier in the week. I said “okay,” but in reality Christmas seemed far away … more
It has surely happened to all of us, so I suppose that's comforting. But at the moment your screen goes blank and your work disappears, that's of little consolation. How did it happen? What combination of keys were mistakenly hit to cause this? And it more
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