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As a child in elementary school, I was given — along with the rest of the class — an assignment that even then I thought a bit maudlin for a group of 10-year-olds.

For those who engage in social media or read publications devoted to entertainment, the term “life hacks” will be a familiar one. Designed to make the mundane chores of life easier, social “influencers” with thousands, if not millions, of followers will make breathtaking proclamations:

If Paul and I ever bust-up after all these years, it won’t be because of another woman, or man (but possibly, horse), it will be because of...

WeRateDogs is exactly that: an online social media account that accepts photo submissions from followers of their dogs. The dogs are then rated up to 10 (don’t you hate it when people feel obliged to state the obvious by saying, “10 being the highest?” Really, Buford? I thought it was 14 and…

Paul has commandeered what has long been affectionately known as “the Unabomber Shack,” which served as my radio studio for years, and turned it into a wood workshop.

Dear Aunty Pam: I’ve worked hard all my life and think I deserve to buy a Corvette that I’ve wanted forever. It’s my money, I earned it, but my wife says it’s a waste of money, I’m too old for such foolishness (I’m 70) and that it’s nothing more than a symbol of a man who is insecure about h…

There comes a time in everyone’s life when the topic of conversation bandied back and forth between friends jumps from grand adventures planned, or even chatty daily trivialities, and focuses instead on the moroseness of health issues. It begins subtly:

There’s a sort of prayer, should one be so inclined, known as contemplative prayer in which one doesn’t present God with requests or needs but simply seeks to abide with their maker. Or, as Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault of the Contemplative Society puts it: “Prayer is not a request for God’s favors…

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