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Skill Note: Most of  following was written in July of 2015 as a newspaper column several years after retiring from 39 years as a reporter and editor for three different newspapers. Aside from several edits, addendums and asides, it remains the same. I know the range of age for retired people grows wider and wider […]

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? — Matthew 16:26. I know I’m on thin ice here, because we’ve all been warned that conversations about religion or politics never seem to end pleasantly. When you combine the two, it could be argued that you are doubling […]

Adult content warning: There is explicit content in this article, generally avoided in mixed company describing an act best conducted behind closed doors, that may be offensive to some readers.  If you require more specificity before venturing into the following text, the offending word mentioned multiple times is comprised of four letters and starts with […]

It’s time to take a break from current events for something that makes a little more sense. I will revisit a topic I’ve written more about over the years than anything else. I am referring, of course, to the fascinating English language. I don’t know where I’d be without it, even though I have abused, […]

I usually wait until Wednesday for my weekly blog, but I have some exciting news to share and I couldn’t wait. I had to get this on record before my 15 minutes of fame runs out. You see, I am apparently very important to the Trump family and several of their closest confidants. Go figure. […]

I guess you might call this the era of fake news, so our biggest challenge as informed citizens is to get real and not live life like a reality show. It’s about exploiting our biases with adulterated or downright phony stories that get passed along until they amass hundreds of thousands, even millions, of believers. […]

One of the definitions of civility is “the act of showing regard for others,” and that is how I see it. It is a synonym for politeness. But it is more than that. Politeness can be perfunctory with an air of detachment, as is the case with much learned behavior. Civility is about being considerate, […]

There seems to be widespread disagreement over just how bad things are nowadays on the home front, whether they rank among the most divisive times or pretty ordinary or downright inspiring. I see little of inspiration from either the White House or Capitol Hill, but apparently some do. The key here are the two words […]

The amazing thing about the mass shooting last week at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD, is that it didn’t happen sooner at another newspaper. It marked the mass shooting No. 154 since the summer of 1966, with a mass shooting defined as one person fatally shooting and killing at least four people in a […]

I am consistently drawn to two critical periods of the past — the American Civil War and World War II. They are fascinating because they beg you to try to understand, in the former, why the subjugation of other human beings, slavery, became a way of life in parts of our country and tolerated by […]