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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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I hope you’re doing well. I miss seeing you and my classmates at school every day, but homeschooling is working out well for me.

By Tom Purcell May 5, 2020
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In the outside world, the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting our divisions. Inside the Little Sisters of the Poor retirement residence in Pittsburgh, it’s revealing the power of grace and humility

By Tom Purcell April 27, 2020
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I used to enjoy mowing the lawn. Now it agitates the heck out of me.

By Tom Purcell April 21, 2020
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COVID-19 has millions working from home. As a longtime teleworker, let me offer some advice. Working from home has many upsides: no traffic jams, office politics or need for business attire. But a month-plus into this pandemic, many are realizing teleworking’s downsides.

By Tom Purcell April 13, 2020
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When I was a junior at Penn State, I had a front-row seat when legendary singer-songwriter John Prine performed on campus.

By Tom Purcell April 1, 2020
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Get this: New parents are giving newborns outlandish names — so they’ll stand out on social media.

By Tom Purcell February 25, 2020
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Maybe Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is bringing me down — or not.

By Tom Purcell February 5, 2020
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Have I benefited from nepotism and cronyism? Sure. But at least I feel guilty about it.

By Tom Purcell January 14, 2020
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I indulge more deeply in Christmas nostalgia with every passing year, but it turns out that doing so is a good thing.

By Tom Purcell December 17, 2019
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What’s the best gift you ever received? Whatever it was, it surely wasn’t a material item bought in a store.

By Tom Purcell December 4, 2019

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