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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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As challenging a year as 2020 has been, we still should be thankful that it has been the best year in human history to be alive.

By Tom Purcell November 17, 2020
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“It’s a miracle!” said the doctor. “You’ve just awakened from a coma after a terrible accident in October 2016, but you’re doing well, all things considered!”

By Tom Purcell November 9, 2020
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It’s calm as I write this the day before the 2020 general election. I hope and pray that the outcome, whatever it may be, is accepted calmly – though I worry it may not be.

By Tom Purcell November 3, 2020
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Halloween is a huge letdown this year. I love modern Halloween traditions. I love the sweet smell of autumn, the chilly air and the camaraderie of friends around a roaring campfire. I love hayrides, Honeycrisp apples and the clever, hilarious costumes my left-brained accountant and engineer friends come up with. Why do CPAs always create the wittiest costumes?

By Tom Purcell October 26, 2020
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Become an employee with full paid benefits, or remain a mostly independent gig worker? That debate’s raging in California as November’s general election approaches, and its outcome is likely to affect the entire country.

By Tom Purcell October 19, 2020
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San Francisco residents will vote on a measure in November to allow teenagers as young as 16 to vote in local elections.

By Tom Purcell September 18, 2020
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I hope we get it right. Data collection for the 2020 U.S. Census ends soon.

By Tom Purcell September 7, 2020
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American home ownership is soaring, which is good for all of us. Home sales slowed during the early months of COVID-19, as millions of Americans stayed inside. In the past few months, however...

By Tom Purcell August 24, 2020
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Good grief: Apparently, America has yet to move past the anger phase regarding COVID-19. In 1969, you see, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross described five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

By Tom Purcell July 24, 2020
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I’m getting a whole-house attic fan installed this week — just like the one my father had installed in my childhood home — and I cannot wait to cool my house using his old-time methods.

By Tom Purcell July 6, 2020

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