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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

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
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