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Tom Purcell

Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood” and “Wicked Is the Whiskey,” is a humor columnist and is nationally syndicated. Send comments to Tom at

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My Uncle Jimmy would’ve hated the late-model SUV I rented for a recent trip to New Jersey. I sure did.

By Tom Purcell January 28, 2019
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We’ll celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and legacy next week. In these angry and divisive times, we all could benefit by reminding ourselves of his words’ truth, civility and wisdom.

By Tom Purcell January 14, 2019

I love Christmas. I love it because my mother has worked hard to make the day magical and eventful for her family for more years than she will permit me to share!

By Tom Purcell December 25, 2018

Merry debt-fueled Christmas, America! According to a recent NerdWallet study, nearly 40 million Americans are still struggling to pay off credit-card debts from last Christmas.

By Tom Purcell December 10, 2018
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Much like small-town doctors years ago, he isn’t paid by a third-party insurance firm. He’s paid by me, directly, at a reasonable $115 monthly.

By Tom Purcell November 26, 2018

“Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on our incredible blessings, but many Americans aren’t feeling very thankful?”

By Tom Purcell November 20, 2018
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Among today’s most regrettable trends is the dying art of effective humor and satire in politics.

By Tom Purcell November 12, 2018
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Last Saturday morning, I heard police cars and ambulances racing past the coffeehouse - headed, I now know, to the tragic scene at the Tree of Life Synagogue just 4 miles away, where innocents were targeted as they worshiped.

By Tom Purcell October 29, 2018

Like millions of Americans, I often took my incredible freedoms for granted - until I visited Saudi Arabia.

By Tom Purcell October 23, 2018
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Say it ain’t so: Alcohol in moderation is bad for us again!

By Tom Purcell October 15, 2018

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