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Eagles basketball, once again

Posted: January 19, 2018 at 9:07 am   /   Columnists

The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team won its fourth consecutive basketball game last week. They have a perfect 3-0 record in their Atlantic Sun Conference. Prior to conference play, their record was 11- 8. The Eagles dominated from start to finish, as they easily defeated the team from the University of South Carolina, […]

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The art of the deal

Posted: January 18, 2018 at 9:13 am   /   Columnists

Why doesn’t Donald Trump just quit? The president who didn’t want the job and didn’t expect to get it is busy making a shambles of the presidency (while cementing his own reputation). Reportedly, and understandably, he isn’t a very happy camper. Most people would settle for a wafer-thin pretext for quitting. “My wife is threatening […]

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Aging is better than the alternative

Posted: January 18, 2018 at 9:11 am   /   Columnists

Getting old really is a mixed bag. Getting old isn’t for the faint of heart. When I was much younger, I never gave much thought to aging. I suppose I thought I had oodles of time to get around to being old. I’m a baby boomer. Boomers, it seems, are taking the process of aging […]

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Canada wins gold, again!

Posted: January 12, 2018 at 2:31 pm   /   Columnists

It is never a boring sight to see young Canadian players waltzing around at centre ice, hugging each other and anyone else who gets in their way after winning the World Junior Championship. Last Friday night, the scene occurred for the 17th time. It still warmed the hearts of many Canadians. It was the fourth […]

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Black like your heart

Posted: January 11, 2018 at 9:01 am   /   Columnists

Explosive weather. Explosive times. Explosive head cold. It’s been two years since I was laid up with anything. This week it’s a head cold. My favourite morning brew tasted like a big mug of hot liquid nothingness. I can take a lot of crap—but don’t mess with my coffee taste buds. So now I’m grumpy […]

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Consider the prune

Posted: January 11, 2018 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

Consider the humble prune: for decades the butt of jokes, now the darling behind such headlines as “Are Your Grandmother’s Prunes the New Superfood?” and “Channel 4 …Names Prunes as ‘the Food of the Future’.” Larry Curdle has, and he sees a big opportunity. Readers will remember Mr. Curdle as the moving force behind the […]

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I resolve to be resolute

Posted: January 4, 2018 at 9:03 am   /   Columnists

The Christmas tree is still occupying prime real estate in my dining room. Yep, it’s in the dining room. It’s been mocking me from the corner, near the side porch door, since parade weekend. The tree has been up for so long, we’re afraid we won’t be able to live without it cramping our style. […]

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Word of the year

Posted: January 4, 2018 at 9:02 am   /   Columnists

It is becoming customary for dictionaries, to pick a “word of the year.” Hey, we’re all entitled to have a little fun with our work, and fun must be rare in the dictionary world For 2017, dictionary.com picked “complicit,” the Oxford dictionaries picked “youthquake,” and Merriam-Webster picked “feminism.” That means that I should be entitled […]

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An average of nine

Posted: December 21, 2017 at 9:45 am   /   Columnists

I have never been keen on filling out customer satisfaction surveys. I think it might be because I’m egotistical enough to resent my finely developed opnions being reduced to a choice between “Satisfied” and “Very Satisfied.” But every now and then I relent. Case in point: the other week I went into my car dealership […]

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A Christmas Letter

Posted: December 21, 2017 at 9:43 am   /   Columnists

Dear readers: This is my last column of 2017, and you’re going to be treated to my version of a Christmas Letter. If you know me, and let’s face it some of you do, you know how I feel about Christmas Letters. I don’t send anything, to anyone, printed on festive paper hidden in the […]

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