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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Punked Head’s up, guys! It’s National Condom Month … “Cut!” the director cried. “Take two:” Here’s a tip … “Never mind,” he said.   When I was a boy, my parents took us on trips through West Michigan. Heading home Sundays, we couldn’t find restaurants open. “It’s the Lord’s Day […]

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  By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel The weekend of the Winter Gallery Stroll also brought the opening of a new Robert Harry Fort exhibit at the Old School House in Douglas. As always, it was magnificently done. Fifteen of his local paintings are on display now through May, along with several paintings by Cora Bliss […]

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Dopamine Fast I’m displeased feeling pleasure, sad when I’m happy and dissatisfied feeling satisfied. “You need dopamine fast,” my wife said. A dopamine fast? “The opposite.” Dopamine, as many of us pretend to know but don’t really, is the brain hormone/neurotransmitter that gives pleasure. There’s more involved, such as how […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I heard on the news the body of a soldier killed 70 years ago in Korea was finally being returned home for burial. He was one of 42 servicemen whose remains were repatriated a while back, but it took several years of DNA testing to find his family. The good […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Zooplankton Learning is lifelong. Just when I thought I knew all my deficiencies, a fellow writer taught me I had wasted my education on abstruse knowledge when civics and home economics were all I needed. His point — that schools should not neglect teaching kids everyday-living basics, like how to balance […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel When the late Dorothy Parker heard her telephone ring, she would mutter, “I wonder what fresh hell this is.” I may not know exactly what she meant by this, but think we’ve all got a good idea. It isn’t a phone call anymore. It’s the news. I have the same sense of […]

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Help I need help more than most. That’s why Blanche Dubois is my hero. Just as she always depended on strangers’ kindness, I seek important advice from people I’ve never met. After Ann Landers and Dear Abby died, I was advised that newspapers would go too. I resorted to Drs. […]

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  By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I have met three Presidents in my life. Mr. Truman kissed me on the forehead when I was a baby; I shook President Nixon’s hand when he made a campaign stop in my hometown; and I met G.W. Bush just after he won the Iowa caucus. I met Hubert Humphrey […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Fatal Attraction Why are kids attracted to eating magnets? Sure they’re there, often now as desk toys. But so are lots of things children don’t eat, like fruits and vegetables. The problem is rare-earth magnets, not your garden variety kind. These puppies, made of neodymium and samarium-cobalt, are so strong that […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel During World War II my father was assigned by the Army Air Corps to give new recruits vision screenings. You know the eye charts: big letter on top, smaller letters on each line down, with the printer’s trademark in fine print on the bottom. One future sharpshooter got to the bottom […]