I often wonder if you can really teach someone to be nice. You can teach someone to obey the rules and be polite, but being nice is a different thing.
The new TV season seems to have a fascination with the 1960s. There are several shows that hearken back to the days when folks dressed up to go to work or for a night on the town.
I've had a few titles in my lifetime, but the one I've had for the past 21 years is the one I like best: Daddy.
I've seen a lot of things go during my lifetime, including 45-rpm records, 8-track tapes and the hi-fi record player that would play a stack of five or six albums.
Ten years ago, I was newly unemployed. I had promised myself that while I had a severance package, I wanted to do something that was worthwhile and redeeming.
When I think of Jerry Lewis, I think of the rubber-faced comedian whose physical comedy has made us laugh for years. While a generation will only know Eddie Murphy as the Nutty Professor, it was Lewis who first played the dual roles of Professor Julius Kelp and his alter ego, Buddy Love. Although it is now outdated, I still laugh when ...
Beloit College is a private school with about 1,250 students located roughly 100 miles northwest of Chicago, just across the border in Wisconsin.
I grew up in a house that was not air-conditioned. It was a big, Victorian home with high ceilings.
I can still remember my kindergarten classroom. We had an area with a wooden toy stove and refrigerator; we called it the housekeeping center.
For the first time since it was built, the building at 111 Green St., no longer has the word "bank" inscribed on its side.
KEYSTONE, S.D. - On a recent Sunday at nightfall, I sat with a few thousand others at the foot of Mount Rushmore, the fabled monument in Western South Dakota.
There was a pop song in the '70s that suggested that there were 1,352 guitar pickers in Nashville. While the most recent census does not measure such things, I think the number is considerably higher. In the past month, I have had occasion to visit Austin, Texas, and Nashville, two of the cities that lay claim to being music capitals. <p style="text-align: ...
I love a good story. The ones I love best are so wonderfully worded and descriptive that your mind paints a vivid image.
There are folks out there who never read a newspaper, watch the evening news or make any effort to keep up with current events.
On the day before we celebrate our nation's 235th birthday, I thought I would take a moment for my biennial rant on the national anthem.
NEW YORK - If you're making a Christmas trip to the Big Apple, I hope you'll stop by and see Billy Crystal.
Some of the savviest advertisers know how to play on our emotions during the holidays.
This week, I am celebrating the 49th anniversary of the first time I wore a paper pilgrim hat and paper buckles on my shoes. I am pretty sure that was the same year I traced my hand to make a turkey.
The people who issue phone numbers say we have run out of numbers again.
I'm not sure how it happened, but many Americans don't know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Television now offers repeats of the same shows, sometimes in the same week. If that's not enough, service providers offer all sorts of repeat plays of everything from sporting events to sitcoms.
I remember seeing a man with a tattoo on his arm when I was about 7 or 8. The man was in a barber shop, where my dad and I were getting a haircut. I later asked him about the strange drawing on the man's arm.
If civility was a patient on a TV medical show, it would be on the operating room table with its chest open and a doctor trying to keep its failing heart beating.
The first aerosol air fresheners appeared in stores after World War II. The technology had been used first for spray insecticides during the war. Some bright individual came up with the idea that spraying a fragrant aroma in an indoor space would make things better.
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