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Syndicated columnist Jim Mullen recently notified newspapers he was hanging up his weekly column. The good news is he intends to knock out a book or two, something likely easier to do without the deadline of a weekly column hovering over the shoulder.

My musical talent essentially begins with loosely being able to maintain a beat and some singing ability that my fellow thespians claim is perfectly fine though not perfect. I think they say that because no one else got the particular roles I was assigned. The show must go on.

Are you tied down by those special occasion dates that Hallmark and jewelry stores foisted upon us? You remember Hallmark, right? It was a card company before it morphed into a sappy TV channel when the internet nearly destroyed the greeting card industry. Oh, and the restaurant industry got…

On the Viewpoints page, we have on several occasions, especially as this past year came to a close and another began, encouraged people to be less divisive, act kinder.

Another year has come and gone. But not just another year. No, this is a big one. It’s the end of a decade. Lots of emphasis is being placed on that. And, for some reason, people are celebrating that we are entering the Roaring ‘20s. Or something like that, although I’m not so sure I’d want …

So, what’s your home look like for Christmas? And when did you do it? Or did you fall victim to the phenomenon that befell many of us in which it seemed the timeframe between Thanksgiving and Christmas shrunk so much that you’re considering opting out of decorating altogether? If you have, i…