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A House Talks About Family Trees

On my door hangs an American flag that ripples like gentle waves on warm summer days. Inside there are things. Things made by people, much like the flag on my door. The bookcase has little square cubicles for laying paperbacks and textbooks flat. A myriad of streets and hamlets that tell stories about faraway lands.…

Sprite Boy & Santa Claus

Beloved Coke Mascot May Have Been A Pepsi Drinker

The average person born after 1940 believes that a sprite is a supernatural, elf-like creature who lives in the woods and consumes more carbonated beverages than 75% of all European nations. Sprite Boy, the silver-haired icon from 1940s Coca-Cola advertising, helped increase sales for the soft drink giant during WWII. But did his heart beat…

Chet

Will Chet Get To 2nd Base?

Chet spent several years in the minors bouncing from team to team. He was primarily a shortstop, but would occasionally switch to 2nd base. The night before a game against St. Paul he got a call from Lester, the manager. “I may need you to play 2nd base tomorrow. I’ll call you in the morning…

Duane Kuiper

Duane Kuiper*

40 years ago a major league career began in Cleveland. I originally published this story on this website in March, 2013. As a kid growing up in Cleveland in the 1970s I dreamed of two things happening. One, the Cleveland Indians would make it to the World Series. And two, my favorite player would make the highlight…

Mich's corner

Michelina’s Prayer Corner

I sat down with our daughter, Michelina, last week to learn about the shrine she erected in our basement. Michelina, who will turn 9 in a few months, attends parish school religion. Shortly before Ash Wednesday she set up a prayer corner in preparation for Easter. Ash Wednesday, the official start of Lent, kicks off…

Rosalie and four-leaf clover

Rosalie And The Four-Leaf Clover

We were at Forest Hill a few autumns ago when our daughter, Rosalie, reached down and plucked a four-leaf clover from the earth. It was truly a ‘being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time’ moment. One usually needs to comb through 10,000 clovers to find a four-leafed one. That according to Wikipedia! While I contemplated the implications of Rosalie finding a…

Participle

Honey, I Misplaced My Participle!

We’ve heard about him for years. Teachers warned us to stay away from him. Now he’s starring in what critics say could be the blockbuster hit of the summer. In the tradition of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids! and Honey, I Blew Up The Kid! comes a new comedy called Honey, I Misplaced My Participle!…

Tower of Babel The War of The Words

The War Of The Words

People for the Ethical Treatment of Words (PETW) is making news again. The group, which was founded about a week ago by Gertrude Salinger, released a list of endangered words and is asking the country to rally behind them in order to avoid, or at least delay, extinction. The word house is drawing the most…

stuck in 80s

Stuck In The 80s With No Help In Sight

Dear Gabby, I usually don’t reach out to advice columnists but something bogus happened to me last week. I was speeding on I-90 (I can’t drive 55!) when The Police pulled me over. You see, the sun was casting a glare on my windshield – making it hard for me to see. I thought if…