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By Scott Sullivan Editor Schipp-a-Lago When we learned we could not believe it. The Commercial Record’s mild-mannered — when she’s comatose — Office Manager Laura Schippa had opened a spa. Not just any spa. The Norse had Valhalla, Hindus Nirvana, Jews a Promised Land. When we made our pilgrimage we were trembling. What miracles would […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Beekeeping has fascinated me ever since I read my second-favorite pipe-smoking fictional detective left London, moved to the countryside and became a beekeeper in his final years. Sherlock Holmes was convinced that long life and brainpower are enhanced by the fabled Royal Jelly. Douglas United Church of Christ is offering […]

Tiger’s Masters win inspires us all

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher A year ago I wrote we all should be inspired by Tiger Woods’ comeback to competitive golf. The man who 20 years ago was on top of the world with record earnings, any commercial gig he desired and million-dollar homes saw it all come crashing down with four back surgeries; a […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Dad Don’t you hate columns that start “Don’t you hate”? Pick your poison. We all hate, say, robocalls. So how come there are so many? I call folks who lean on tropes like these faux curmudgeons. A real one would stand up for bureaucrats, boors, irritating aunts, maybe even lawyers for […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel “To hold the pen is to go to war,” said Voltaire. Since we’ve replaced quill, fountain and even ballpoint pens with handheld communication devices, perhaps we can update the French writer’s maxim to, “To hold the smart phone is to go to war.” Having seen the vitriol, nastiness, and waste […]

Lesson learned: Next time, buy local

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Sometimes I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. I’m a huge proponent of shopping local, but when it came time to buy solar lights for my backyard I was captivated by what I saw on Facebook. So I placed my order with an online company. After providing my credit card […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Procrasti-Nation I haven’t read “Why You Procrastinate” but expect to learn many things when I do. Why delay? To start, there’s the story’s subtitle “It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control.” I hate non-news, like what wasn’t in the Mueller report. What was in it? “If procrastination isn’t about laziness, then […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel My neighbor and I were outside doing mindless spring cleanup. After an hour or so I took a short break from excising leaves from the ground cover to ask how he was doing thatching his lawn. “I love spring,” he said. “The death of winter is the beginning of life.” […]

High times for basketball junkies

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher The last two weeks of March is my favorite time of year. Maybe winter at last giving way to spring has something to do with it, but more likely it’s March Madness, the NCAA’s version of football’s Super Bowl. I can’t remember the last March I wasn’t glued to the television […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Lists He’s making a list; she’s checking hers twice. Which means just one thing: President Trump and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Bronx, are making enemies lists. At a Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump talked about political opponents who “hate our country (i.e. him) … and we can name every one of […]