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President Joe Biden recently sent an email to 153,000 student-loan borrowers reminding them to vote for him this autumn.

By Tom Purcell February 27, 2024
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When I read about the “silent book club” trend, it filled me with instant calm and hope.

By Tom Purcell February 21, 2024
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With all the changes modern life is bringing us, here’s one that makes me sad: romance is dying.

By Tom Purcell February 14, 2024
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You had a great 100-year run, AM radio, and your demise is breaking my heart.

By Tom Purcell January 31, 2024
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The City of Toronto is in the news for outlawing sled and toboggan riding on 45 of its hillsides.

By Tom Purcell January 23, 2024
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I forgot what it was like to experience a good old common cold.

By Tom Purcell January 16, 2024
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Here’s a great New Year’s resolution: Get a pet.

By Tom Purcell December 27, 2023
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The best Christmas gift I ever gave anyone was the one I gave my father about 20 years ago: a Lionel train set.

By Tom Purcell December 20, 2023
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I love pumpkin pie. It reminds me of so many happy family gatherings when, after clearing the Thanksgiving table, we’d enjoy pumpkin pie, coffee and deeply satisfying conversation well into the evening.

By Tom Purcell November 22, 2023
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Well, that didn’t take as long as expected.

By Tom Purcell November 15, 2023
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Finally, the press is doing some hard-hitting reporting about our upcoming presidential election.

By Tom Purcell November 8, 2023
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Hopefully, the rugged beard I’ve been sporting will motivate at least one of my fellow men to take better care of his health this November.

By Tom Purcell November 5, 2023
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Halloween is upon us, which means you’d better be cautious about the costume you choose.

By Tom Purcell October 24, 2023
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When I read a news piece about the passing of longtime California senator Dianne Feinstein a few weeks ago, some of the comments left at the bottom of the online article made me sad.

By Tom Purcell October 10, 2023
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I suppose it was just a matter of time before casual dress hit the U.S. Senate.

By Tom Purcell September 20, 2023
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There’s a lot of sad news to go around, but this Vox story really breaks my heart: animal shelters are overflowing with abandoned dogs and cats again.

By Tom Purcell August 28, 2023
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Declining attention spans have reached epidemic levels. ... That’s certainly the case with me.

By Tom Purcell August 15, 2023
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Goodbye, incandescent light bulb. You had a heck of a run before the government decided you wasted energy and effectively outlawed you out of existence.

By Tom Purcell August 8, 2023
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As a heat wave hits America from coast to coast, it’s hot outside - but cool inside, thanks to the triumph of air conditioning.

By Tom Purcell July 25, 2023
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I dream of recreating some of the epic bike hikes I enjoyed as a kid back in the 1970s.

By Tom Purcell July 18, 2023
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I dream of the day I will be 100% debt-free!

By Tom Purcell July 11, 2023
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The national debt broke the $32 trillion barrier this week. It’s a number so huge it is incomprehensible to the average citizen.

By Tom Purcell June 20, 2023
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Modern dads are portrayed as fools in television sitcoms and commercials. Lucky for me, they are the polar opposite of the loving, strong and decisive father who raised me.

By Tom Purcell June 14, 2023
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It’s a positive trend that I hope continues: the resurgence of summer picnics.

By Tom Purcell May 30, 2023
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Every year, polls show that a large number of Americans don’t know why we celebrate Memorial Day.

By Tom Purcell May 23, 2023
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There is a loneliness epidemic in the United States, but there are some simple ways we can address it.

By Tom Purcell May 16, 2023
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She was only 18 when rheumatic fever damaged her heart. The doctors said she’d be lucky to live into her 40s — that she was no longer strong enough to bear children. Lucky for my five sisters and me, she ignored them!

By Tom Purcell May 10, 2023
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Earth Day is coming April 22, and I can’t think of a better opportunity for Americans to get their hands dirty.

By Tom Purcell April 19, 2023
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Tax returns are due next week and many Americans are surely stressed out as they scramble to get their financial records in order.

By Tom Purcell April 11, 2023
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IQs have dropped for the first time in American history, and the experts aren’t quite sure why.

By Tom Purcell March 28, 2023
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The St. Patrick’s Day spirit has arrived, and we sure are in need of Irish levity.

By Tom Purcell March 15, 2023
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There are no small number of accusations lately that — shocking as it may be — some of our politicians are lying to us.

By Tom Purcell February 15, 2023
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All my father ever wanted as a young man was to marry my mother and start a family — plans that were interrupted when he was drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict.

By Tom Purcell February 8, 2023
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I love my gas stove — almost as much as I love my Weber gas grill.

By Tom Purcell January 18, 2023
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Earmarks are back and they’re costing American taxpayers a bundle.

By Tom Purcell January 3, 2023
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I’m filled with a renewed sense of hope all of the sudden.

By Tom Purcell December 21, 2022
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I read a great piece in the Tribune-Review about the nostalgia many Pittsburghers hold for their favorite old suburban shopping malls — especially around the holidays.

By Tom Purcell December 14, 2022
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Vinyl records are making a comeback, and it’s not just nostalgic old fogies who are driving the trend. According to Readers Digest UK, millennial and Gen Z consumers are digging the distinct sound of vinyl ...

By Tom Purcell November 28, 2022
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This week half the country will be upset by the midterm election results and half will be elated.

By Tom Purcell November 9, 2022
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I’m already anxious about the outcome. I speak of next week’s elections, and a modern malady the Mayo Clinic refers to as “Election Stress Disorder.”

By Tom Purcell November 1, 2022
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It was one of the most awesome experiences of my childhood.

By Tom Purcell October 19, 2022
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With the “fall back” clock change coming soon, one thing makes me especially grumpy and confused.

By Tom Purcell September 27, 2022
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“No problem.” That is how I used to reply to people who thanked me for holding the door open for them or for offering some other small gesture.

By Tom Purcell September 13, 2022
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“Half of that goes to the bank for your college fund!”

By TOM PURCELL, Syndicated Columnist August 30, 2022
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A long time ago I watched a documentary about poet Emily Dickenson’s life and writings.

By Tom Purcell August 16, 2022
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My father is turning 89 this week, and he’s getting especially sentimental of late.

By Tom Purcell July 26, 2022
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I sure could use a vacation about now — but I have no plans to take one this summer.

By TOM PURCELL, Syndicated Columnist July 5, 2022
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It’s been way too long since I lit a sparkler as the sun goes down on the Fourth of July.

By Tom Purcell June 29, 2022
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Americans are so angry about so many things — with partisan politics topping the list.

By Tom Purcell June 7, 2022
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Should you invest in the stock market now or wait? That is the tough question the money experts are discussing.

By Tom Purcell May 24, 2022
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Prom season is upon us.

By Tom Purcell May 17, 2022
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After all these years, my dad inspires me still.

By Tom Purcell May 9, 2022
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I started my first business in the 5th grade when I convinced a neighbor to allow me to cut her grass with her electric lawn mower.

By Tom Purcell May 3, 2022
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“Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.”

By Tom Purcell April 26, 2022
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“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain but death and taxes.”

By Tom Purcell April 19, 2022
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I recommend the seasonal flu — but please allow me to explain.

By Tom Purcell April 12, 2022
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Where did all the nurses go?

By Tom Purcell April 5, 2022
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Finally, people have found something to agree about.

By TOM PURCELL, Syndicated Columnist March 23, 2022
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Finally, people have found something to agree about.

By Tom Purcell March 21, 2022
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With the world full of angst and disruption — with so many people filled with anger and hate — I can’t think of a better time to embrace the Irish spirit. So let me share some of Ireland’s most enjoyable blessings, proverbs and quotes, as gathered by IrishCentral.

By TOM PURCELL, Syndicated Columnist March 15, 2022
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Their bravery inspires.

By Tom Purcell March 1, 2022
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Three-day weekends sound good to me.

By Tom Purcell February 22, 2022
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It’s possibly the only scandal we are allowed to discuss.

February 8, 2022
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In these inflationary times it’s not easy to laugh as you watch the value of your hard-earned savings being destroyed. But I chuckled out loud when I read some of the tips offered by Bloomberg News to beat inflation.

By Tom Purcell January 25, 2022
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An anti-diet movement is afoot? Where can I sign up!

By Tom Purcell January 17, 2022
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Hello, 2022. We hope you’re not expecting to get the honeymoon treatment that most new years have gotten throughout history.

By Tom Purcell January 5, 2022
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A recent Reddit thread discusses the lack of heroes in modern society, but the truth is we have plenty of heroes.

By Tom Purcell December 27, 2021
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Our time is the best gift we can give to our friends and family this Christmas. Nobody knows how much time we have on Earth — nobody knows when our time will end.

By Tom Purcell December 7, 2021
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I wish I had a change of heart, but I still can’t support it.

By Tom Purcell November 29, 2021
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I love pumpkin pie — but not just any pumpkin pie. It has to be my mother’s pumpkin pie, made with her unique thick and dry crust, and it has to be enjoyed only on Thanksgiving Day.

By Tom Purcell November 24, 2021
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My dad’s hearing was damaged more than half a century ago when, as a young man, he trained to be an Army military policeman during the war in Korea.

By Tom Purcell November 10, 2021
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November has arrived and things are going to really get hairy now. Every November, two charitable organizations I like, Movember and No-Shave November, raise funds by encouraging people to not cut or shave their hair.

By Tom Purcell November 2, 2021
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Despite the many blessings of living in America, why aren’t more Americans happy?

By Tom Purcell October 20, 2021
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My buddies Ayres and Klinger and I walked its crowded corridors for hours on Friday nights, hoping to meet girls. That’s what we did at South Hills Village Mall in the late 1970s, when we were teens and the American Mall was in its heyday.

October 5, 2021
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The autumn leaves are expected to be extra vibrant this year, though they are changing colors a week later than is normal.

By Tom Purcell September 27, 2021
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I never parted with a $20 bill faster.

By Tom Purcell September 22, 2021
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If you’re like me, you enjoy few things more than a long, hot shower. Nothing loosens the muscles or washes your worries away better than gradually turning up the hot knob until you’re red as a boiled lobster.

By Tom Purcell September 14, 2021
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Here’s another interesting COVID-enabled trend to ponder: More Americans are leaving big cities and the suburbs to live in rural communities, according to NextAvenue.com.

By Tom Purcell September 8, 2021
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You ignored August 12, didn’t you? That’s when the world celebrates National Middle Child Day every year, but you ignored it just as you have ignored us “middles” our entire lives!

By Tom Purcell August 17, 2021
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Maybe croquet could improve the ratings for the 2021 Summer Olympics?

By Tom Purcell July 29, 2021
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It’s an old dream of mine and I just may do it: Buy a travel trailer and live on the American road for weeks at a time.

By Tom Purcell July 13, 2021
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They called me “The Trail Blazer,” Good Buddy.

By Tom Purcell June 22, 2021
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Need to learn how to unclog a shower drain, jump-start a car, shave your face without bleeding to death or successfully address dozens of other practical adult daily activities?

By Tom Purcell June 18, 2021
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After more than a year of strict COVID mandates, my state has triumphantly reopened. But, some argue, we better think twice before we offer a celebratory handshake.

By Tom Purcell June 2, 2021
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There are few things I enjoy more than grilling up tasty steaks for a group of close friends, but red meat isn’t going to be on the menu this summer.

By Tom Purcell May 27, 2021
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Everyone is at risk of being scammed now.

By Tom Purcell May 19, 2021
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Scientific American describes my mother to a T.

By Tom Purcell May 4, 2021
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My recent trip to Florida was glorious for one simple reason: it was normal.

By Tom Purcell April 26, 2021
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The cost of construction materials has gone through the roof — if you can still afford a roof, which isn’t very affordable right now.

By Tom Purcell April 21, 2021
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Fewer Americans are attending traditional church services. Fewer are attending Catholic schools, too.

By Tom Purcell April 13, 2021
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You can’t escape politics anywhere now — not even in America’s once-great pastime, baseball.

By Tom Purcell April 5, 2021
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It was on St. Patrick’s Day 1988 when an unexpected visitor arrived at Pat Troy’s Irish pub in Alexandria, Virginia – President Ronald Reagan.

By Tom Purcell March 16, 2021