Point of No Return

A tough week for the spineless

It ain’t easy being an invertebrate these days.
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Independence is a unique gift

There’s just something magical about the word “Independence.”
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Strumming our way into history

A history professor at my beloved Temple University once told me that the best thing about history is that it never gets old, because it’s being made every day.

The lessons we learn from our dads

Father’s Day is, obviously enough, a day to celebrate fathers. We thank them for the sacrifices they’ve made, and generally make an effort to express our thanks to the men who reared us. We do it through cards, or brunch or a new hunting rifle, or whatever the most appropriate display of acknowledgement might be for each individual relationship.

NY Super Bowl is about money

NFL owners voted on Tuesday to hold the 2014 Super Bowl in the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands Stadium that will regularly play host to the New York Giants and Jets. The vote has created a fairly large amount of controversy, as this will be the first time the league’s biggest event will be played in a cold-weather site that does not have a dome.

Pondering a life of pure solitude

A conversation came up the other night that seemed harmless enough at the time, but has been bouncing around my brain quite a bit ever since.

Occupying my mind before vacation

Do you remember those sleepless nights as a youth? The calendar would flip to November, and you just knew Christmas was right around the corner. You would begin formulating the perfect list in your mind, going over it again and again until you felt like you hit the perfect balance — enough items to make it a holiday to remember forever, but not so much as to look greedy and run the risk of irritating Santa.

Caterpillars are the butt of the joke

It’s been said by many who know me that I sometimes talk out of my backside. Normally, I get that comment during poker games, when the common perception amongst those who play with me often is that if I’m giving away anything about my hand, it’s no doubt false.

Give me a break on this rationale

According to various reports, the U.S. Army will court-martial a military doctor because he refused to deploy to Afghanistan. Conscientious observer? Nope. Dying kid at home? Wrong again.

Tradition isn't always a good thing

I’m a big believer in honoring one’s culture. I cling tightly to my family’s Irish heritage, and enjoy hearing and learning from others who are also fascinated by their roots. Shaun Lambert, for instance, can make my eyes roll back into my head when he starts talking about the hours he spends on role-playing games on his computer, but he always has my attention when he’s talking about his Inuit Eskimo heritage. It fascinates me to hear these stories, and I get a kick out of hearing the excitement and pride in his voice when he gets on a roll.

Brackets on the mind of many

Has there ever been a spring as widely anticipated by this area as this one?
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It's an interesting world out there

There’s tough, and then there’s “Kentucky tough.”
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Hockey battle a game for the ages

There are moments in life when all seems right in the world. I remember feeling that way when the American hockey team scored a shocking goal with seconds left in regulation during their gold medal hockey game against Canada last Sunday.

Warning: Don't do stupid things

I remember exactly where I was when my head nearly exploded.
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The war of generations wages on

We’ve done a few things very well in this nation.
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It helps to have a captive audience

I apologize in advance, but I’m not letting go of this one without a fight.
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Trip to the Keys not quite paradise

Well, it looks like I picked the right time to go on vacation.

Mistakes are part of everyday life

People make mistakes. We’re flawed. It’s what we do.
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Tis the season for special gifts

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

My cell phone bill is how much?

There are things that I come across that make me shake my head and contemplate how my father would have handled the situation had it been me as the central character.

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