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By Scott Sullivan Editor Down By Law Some things are cyclical: creepy clowns, locusts and movements to change our state legislature from full to part time. I used to oppose the latter. preferring no time. Then I read the House last week passed bills to let hunters kill frogs year round and spear said caecilians […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel A few years ago Pat and I visited a small farming village as part of an art and writing tour of southern France. It was centuries old and hadn’t changed all that much. It was a picturesque setting with the exception of fresh-smelling barnyard fertilizer piles sitting on the street […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Addition by Subtraction Few mourned the death of Charles Manson. But when the leader of a mass murdering late-1960s called the Family cult died in prison Nov. 19 at age 83, it tripped memories. For better or worse —mostly worse — Chuck was influential. His drug-besotted followers killed eight-and-a-half-months- pregnant actress […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel For my 12th birthday my parents gave me copies of Fowler’s Modern English Usage and the New York Times Style Manual. A favorite uncle gave me a copy of Roget’s Thesaurus. Strange gifts for a pre-teen, but I spent many happy hours reading them. Not that I applied all of […]

Our ‘representatives’ continue to fail

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By Mike Wilcox Editor As we gave thanks during Turkey Day, I could only hope the men and women we elected to represent us in Congress were offering gratitude to a constituency that has provided them with unlimited power and perks. I am filled with gratitude for family, friends and readers who surround me with […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Smart to be Dumb In their new book “The Enigma of Reason,” cognitive scientists Dan Sperber and Hugo Mercier argue people’s capacity for reason might have more to do with winning arguments than thinking straight. Humans’ biggest advantage over other species, they contend, is our ability to cooperate, something hard to […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I blame Norman Rockwell for a lot of the angst surrounding the idealistic and perfect Thanksgiving dinner. You remember his famous picture: a platter with a huge turkey, everyone sitting around a table with big smiles on their faces, mother beaming to one side at the perfect dinner she had […]

Vultures follow me everywhere

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher It seems like everywhere I go I am followed by buzzards. I have searched the Internet and talked to friends about its meaning. Some say a family member is about to die. Others claim some kind of bad luck is about to be bestowed upon me. I choose to believe it’s […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Much Ado About Nothing The Physics Made Easy series I started in August drew rave reviews. “What are you raving about?” asked D.Z. of Douglas. I also ended it that month. Some said that wasn’t soon enough. But who better to explain physics to lay readers than someone else who speaks […]