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The first hint appeared unexpectedly along the roadside, during a recent bicycle ride. Suddenly, there, amid an otherwise-uninterrupted façade of green, was a small sprig of sugar-maple scarlet.

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I don’t get it. People will come up to me wherever I am, usually with a big smile on their face and direct a compliment to me concerning favorable columns. Not making a big thing about it, I usually smile back all the while extending a “Thank you” in the course of our conversation. Of course, it is hard for the other person to see my expression in as much as little can be seen through the mask that is covering my frontal facial area. Read more

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In a matter of days, it will be Labor Day, this year falling on Sept. 7. For years now, I have been telling people, “I was born on Labor Day. If my mother was still was around, she could verify that fact.” However, since she’s not, it’s just a fun thing to say. I can’t even admit to it being a white lie. But since the dates do coincide so closely, why not use it as a pun and get people to smile. That’s the whole reason for making that statement. Read more

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Barry wrote in with a great question. For those of you wondering, no, it wasn’t Barry Sanders, Manilow, Switzer, Gibb or Bonds. Because Barry may or may not be living near the Dairy Queen on 4th Street in Minot, North Dakota, in a safe house operated by the Witness Protection Program, we’ll just call him “Barry.” Barry wants to know the distinction between the words “nevertheless” and “nonetheless.” Read more

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In late July, the Associated Press Stylebook, the set of standardized rules of usage that inform newspaper writing, decided to capitalize the letter “b” in the word “Black” when used in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense. After much discussion, the AP decided to keep the “w” in “white” lowercase. Why does this matter, and is it unfair? Let’s discuss. Read more

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When I recently read that New Zealand lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, declaring the nation virus free for 120 days, that bit of information should set up a flag for people in our country that restrictions can work if citizens would only do as recommended and not play the selfish game of “nobody’s going to tell me what to do.” Read more

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A good number of years ago, an associate of mine and I got into somewhat of a disagreement over music selections. I, an avid rock and roller, and he, a country music buff, would not budge concerning our preferences. I like my hits because of loving to dance. There was none better as I viewed it. He, of course, stated his choice told a story each time and that is why he had the upper hand. Read more

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Did you know that hundreds of words get added to dictionaries every year? If that fact surprised you, well, buckle up, buttercup, because I just lied; in fact, hundreds of words get added to dictionaries every month! Can you imagine having an exhaustive hardback dictionary at this point? It would span volumes! In today’s article, I’m going to share some of the highlights of the newest entries into the Oxford English Dictionary and provide a rating for each word on a scale of one to ten. Read more

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