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When you’re frequently bombarded with ads for credit cards at big banks, it’s easy to overlook credit cards at a local credit union. These not-for-profit organizations typically require membership based on location or affiliation with an employer, a family member or an organization. Major cr…

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I’m a proud “word nerd.” I love words; I collect them like baseball cards. I like weird words, wonky words, witty words and even a handful of Welsh words (fun fact: the word for “carrot” in Welsh is “moron”). As a person prone to collecting things, I hoard words like a doomsday prepper stashes toilet paper. Is it an illness? Probably. But it’s cheaper than golf. Read more

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Kids love to tell you precisely how old they are. Adults, on the other hand, treat age like a tightly guarded state secret. With kids, the “half” in their age makes all the difference. My son isn’t merely “seven”; he’s “seven-and-a-half.” You’d better get the “half” in there, or he’ll take it as an insult. I have half a mind to divulge my age, but I stopped counting a long time ago. Read more

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I don’t get it. When somebody tells me “No,” that one word that is very emphatic. “No fishing!” What’s hard to understand about them? “No hunting on private property” is another example. And third, “No swearing in church!” What’s hard to comprehend about these three words? Yet, people think they have the right to do anything they want and heck with the postings whether they be laws, ordinances, or signs stapled to trees by private citizens. Read more

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Are you constantly on your phone? Do you bury your face in your Facebook feed? Do you find yourself all atwitter for Twitter? Do you constantly talk about TikTok? Personally, I’m tempted to spend every instant on Instagram. The studies and statistics I found are all over the place, but the average smartphone user spends over two hours per day using social media. Read more

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I find it somewhat ironic that the pandemic swayed me into committing habits that I wouldn’t haven’t done otherwise. Look at me now. What am I doing? It doesn’t take much to conclude that if I didn’t do a lot of research for stories on this machine (not always a good thing because websites can’t always be trusted) I’d be stretched out in front of the tube watching more television than I care to admit. Read more

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We’re all familiar with the saying stating, “Never say never.” Even though most of us may have repeated those three words, I betcha you don’t know who coined it? I sure didn’t. It was Charlie Dickens, or maybe I should just stick with his formal name, Charles. It was back in 1837 when he noted it in Pickwick Papers. There, we both learned something. Read more

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Hurt. It is something we’ve had to deal with at one time or another in our lives. Sometimes, it’s because a loved one left us for another. Other times, we may have been called a derogatory name, and third, someone physically destroyed something special that one has grown to love. I bet there isn’t one person whose read my columns who hasn’t experienced one of the above. Read more

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Wherefore upon we find ourselves on the noble precipice of the dawning of a newly-formed sentence and, seeing as how I still have your undivided attention even though I find myself in recognition of the fact that I’m competing with the likes of social media and videos involving funny cats, I thank you for your examination of my grandiloquent commentary. In other words, it’s time to talk about grandiloquence. Read more

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I’ve been getting into gardening lately. Specifically, I’m cultivating a native perennial garden designed to support monarchs and other crucial pollinators. If I see you and you ask me what I’ve been up to lately, I’ll talk about the latest seedling that just popped up in the garden. Unless you actually want to chat with me about native perennial pollinator gardening, don’t go down this conversational road with me. Read more

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Did you know there are approximately 100 different idioms, if not more, using body parts? Just the other day I started humming “Heart of My Heart, I Love That Melody,” an oldie but goodie sung by The Four Aces. True, many of you may not be old enough to remember that song, but it surely stands out in my mind. Read more

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Something just occurred to me recently. Upon hearing the phrase, “Hey Pee Vee, act your age.” I was not acting but being myself. So many times, in the course of events of our lives, we react to statements made, ways we are treated or occurrences that are about to happen. I really believe that if we are brought up a certain way, our overall response will be according to the patterns set before us by our parents. Read more

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Have you ever heard or uttered a sentence and then thought, “I’ll bet no one’s ever said that before”? For instance, yesterday I was playing with my daughter, Maeve, who is three-and-a-half. She has some stretchy, colorful toys called Monkey Noodles. Maeve has a vivid imagination, but I’ll spare the details of the game she invented only to say the game ended with me exclaiming, “We don’t put Monkey Noodles in our mouths after we bake them in our tummy ovens!” I doubt the same words had ever been put together in the same order in the same sentence before, and I doubt they’ll ever need to be uttered again. Read more

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While talking to a gent on the telephone, he happened to bring up what he considered the reason for the high divorce rate. Plainly put, he pointed out, “The reason June Eman decided to split up with her husband was due to the fact that she fell out of love with Jim.” He went on to state that he felt that they were married quite a long time anyway — eight years. Read more

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