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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!…

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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…

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Stuck In The 80s With No Help In Sight

Dear Gabby, I usually don’t reach out to advice columnists but something totally 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…

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US Milk Drinking Champ To Retire

Sasha Slovic, the boy wonder who chugged his way to victory at the 1968 US Milk Drinking Championship, is hanging up his cup at the end of the season. “After 45 years of drinking milk I feel like it is time to move on with my life,” said a weary but fit Slovic from his…

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London Calling

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London (1876-1916) I bet after London died more than a few dreamers took his words to heart. No gold rushes in sight, they made their livings on the seas and great lakes. In mid-western ports they loaded and unloaded raw…

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Memoir of a Rascal House Patron

Waiting for 1836 Euclid Avenue to open was like staring into an oven and wondering when good times would return to my stomach. In September I made sure to take my family to the old place at Euclid and 21st so we could say goodbye before demolition crews razed it. In early December big machines…

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Must See Christmas Specials!

If you like Christmas the way I do, you do not want to miss these holiday movies: The Midnight Mass of Paul Revere, starring Harrison Ford as Paul Revere, originally aired in 1978. The story of a patriot’s ride from church to church to warn parishioners that “Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming,” and they…

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How To Share $5 And Influence People

Every now and then a book comes along that grants us the privilege of peering into the lives of people and seeing the good in everyone. A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness – And A Trove of Letters – Revealed The Hidden History of the Great Depression is such a book. Written by Ted…

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No Clowning Around at Kocic Landscaping

A landscaper in northeast Ohio was relieved of his duties yesterday after management discovered that he had dressed like a clown during business hours. The employee, Earl, was taking part in the Kocic Landscaping Inaugural Halloween Costume Day at the time. Kocic Landscaping, in an effort to boost company morale, allowed employees this year to…

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Telling Stories about Garfield Heights

A while back I wrote an essay called Telling Stories About Garfield Heights. It was published in a local newspaper and online. At the time, the outlook of Garfield Heights (a suburb about 4 miles southeast of Cleveland, Ohio) was bleak. The city had not passed a school levy in 20 years, businesses were closing,…