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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Our National Happiness Quotient seems to be dropping faster than the temperature this time of this year. It’s about frozen over, and even the most intrepid optimists are not promising that things will get better. We hope we’ll see a rise in the NHQ, but it’s spooky to talk about […]

Media vilifies youths for what?

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher It’s unfortunate that, at a time celebrating the nonviolent words and wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., all the national news could seemingly talk about was a confrontation near the Lincoln Memorial involving Catholic students from a Cincinnati suburb and Native American protestors. But wait: after the media jumped to […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Ytterbium “Physics Made Easy” is back despite popular demand. How long has it been? A new optical lattice clock based on ytterbium atom oscillations can tell to within one second spread over 14 billion years. You know ytterbium. Scarcely a day goes by I don’t pick up a pack at the […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I just learned to my delight that longtime friend and devoted Saugatuck supporter Henry Gleason has joined the ranks of starving authors. His book “The First 80 Years” has been published. I haven’t read it yet and am not certain where to buy it, but that will soon change. Henry, […]

Sears, the Amazon of the 50’s, struggling to survive

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I was surprised an article listing retailers “in trouble” included J.C. Penney, Pet Smart and Guitar Center. I wasn’t surprised to see Sears. My mind wandered back with chagrin to the “good ole days” when Sears and Roebuck were king of the retail world. I remember checking the mailbox each day […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Prehistoric Forest What do passenger pigeons, dodos and Rick Perry’s presidential hopes have in common? They’re extinct. The Prehistoric Forest may soon be too. For those who don’t know the attraction, we are not talking downtown shopping here in midwinter. That’s a work in progress we will make progress. We are […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel One of my favorite books as a young reader was “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel.” Maybe you read it too, and/or watched it in segments on the old Capt. Kangaroo TV series. The basic plot involved Mike Mulligan, with his antiquated steam shovel in an era when diesel-powered machines […]

Blame cold, age for column

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Writing this column is sometimes a chore. I awaken real early each week, when my thought process is usually at its best, to begin putting words on paper. Often words flow without much effort, but once in a while prose is hard to come by. This is one of those instances. […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Earthrise Fifty years ago The Commercial Record was celebrating its 100th holiday season and the world was casting its eyes to the sky, not all of us seeking Santa. The first men ever to leave the Earth’s field of gravity were nearing the moon. On flickering TVs we watched Apollo 8 […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel January was named after the Roman double-faced god, Janus, who could look both forward and backward. We do a lot of that this time of year. Even before New Year’s there were articles and broadcasts about people we “lost” (i.e. died) during 2018. We’ll go through our Christmas cards one […]