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WWII Vet Remembers Bob Hope

The good that Bob Hope and Shirley Temple did lives far beyond their years.
Waiting in the car for what felt like forever, Mary texted me that she was in the Walmart check out line but it would be awhile before she checked out with our groceries. I decided to go back into the store.

By Lloyd Marcus - Monday, September 17, 2018 - Full Story

You Ain’t Fishing If You Ain’t Fishing Cane

You Ain’t Fishing If You Ain’t Fishing Cane
All day long I watched the fly. My arms ached; I had a crick in my neck; I was tired and hungry … but determined not to quit.

My father, watching from the lake’s edge as he grilled hamburgers, thought I was wasting my time. Even a kingfisher seemed to smirk at the futility of my efforts as he preened himself and whizzed in blue blurs from one cypress knee to another.

By Jimmy Reed - Monday, September 17, 2018 - Full Story

DNA-based method detects trace amounts of peanut in foods

DNA-based method detects trace amounts of peanut in foods
For people with severe peanut allergies, eating even miniscule amounts of the legume can trigger anaphylaxis—- a life-threatening condition characterized by dizziness, breathing difficulties and, sometimes, loss of consciousness.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, September 10, 2018 - Full Story

French Class As the Perfect Way to Teach Everything

French Class As the Perfect Way to Teach Everything
There is one constant throughout the past 100 years. Professors of education came up with ever more exotic schemes and nomenclatures for how education should be organized, even as these schemes confused students and destroyed achievement.

By Bruce Deitrick Price - Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Full Story

My Fingers Were Crossed


Our parents believed a halo adorned my brother Rodney’s head, and horns protruded from mine. No story had two sides: I was always wrong — which was the case when we fought the Mexican standoff.

By Jimmy Reed - Friday, September 7, 2018 - Full Story

IKEA Swedens its product line with a Bluetooth speaker

IKEA Swedens its product line with a Bluetooth speaker
One may not think of IKEA as a place to shop for audio equipment, but the Swedish company best known for its furniture is throwing caution to the wind and introducing a new Bluetooth speaker system anyway.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, September 2, 2018 - Full Story

$2.3 Million Reasons Bishop Patrick J. McGrath Is Tone Deaf

$2.3 Million Reasons Bishop Patrick J. McGrath Is Tone Deaf
If there isn’t enough anger already directed at abusive Catholic Priests and Bishops over the sexual abuse and cover-up scandals, yet another high ranking elitist Bishop has inflamed the already brittle Catholic laity by choosing to retire to a multi-million dollar home, instead of unpretentious rectory housing as his more humble brethren choose.

By Katy Grimes - Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - Full Story

I Knotted Not Nary ’Nother Noose

I Knotted Not Nary ’Nother Noose
If my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird hadn’t shown me how to tie hangman’s nooses, I wouldn’t have lynched Gloria’s dolls.

My sister’s passion was dolls. In her upstairs room, they cluttered her bed, dresser, and bookshelf. These weren’t ordinary five-and-dime Raggedy Ann dolls; they were aristocratic debutantes, celebrities, princesses, and queens.

By Jimmy Reed - Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - Full Story

A new Kevin Spacey movie is out! And on its first day, its box office take was…$126?

A new Kevin Spacey movie is out! And on its first day, its box office take was . . . $126?
I’m not even sure how this is possible.

That’s not in millions. It’s not even in thousands. It’s $126. One hundred twenty-six dollars. Some of you have more in your pocket than that.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Full Story

Take A Cold Tater And Wait

Take A Cold Tater And Wait

When he wasn’t busy on his Mississippi Delta cotton farm, my father visited other farmers, and sometimes took me with him. In one grower’s office a plaque with a quote by German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe read, “A useless life is an early death.”

By Jimmy Reed - Saturday, August 18, 2018 - Full Story

Relax everyone, you can still take your horse on the plane

Relax everyone, you can still take your horse on the plane
A few months ago, I delivered the bad news.  Those of you who wanted to take your emotional support tarantula on an airplane were in for a rude awakening.  Airlines were trimming the list of acceptable support animals, and 8-legged bugs were not going to make the cut.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, August 17, 2018 - Full Story

Rappin’ on patrol: Wyandotte, Michigan police produce one of the best lip sync videos ever

Rappin’ on patrol: Wyandotte, Michigan police
Two things:

First, they did it all on their own time and used no taxpayer dollars, so don’t even start with me about that.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, August 17, 2018 - Full Story

LG channels Professor Harold Hill with its ‘ThinQ system’

LG channels Professor Harold Hill with its 'ThinQ system'
Music lovers who use their cell phones as a source for their tunes have a nifty new tool at their disposal in LG’s newest smart phone, the G7 ThinQ.

By Jim Bray - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Full Story

The origin of off-taste in onions

The origin of off-taste in onions
Chopping onions is usually associated with watery and stinging eyes. But after the onions are diced and the tears are dried, the vegetable pieces can sometimes develop an unpleasant bitter taste. Now, one group reports in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that they have identified previously unknown compounds causing this off-taste.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Full Story

World’s oldest cheese found in Egyptian tomb

World's oldest cheese found in Egyptian tomb, The tomb of Ptahmes

Aging usually improves the flavor of cheese, but that’s not why some very old cheese discovered in an Egyptian tomb is drawing attention. Instead, it’s thought to be the most ancient solid cheese ever found, according to a study published in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Full Story

The revolution that’s about to transform blood testing

The revolution that’s about to transform blood testing
The way blood-cell counts and diagnostic blood tests are done hasn’t changed in years: Your blood gets drawn into one vial for each type of test and sent to a lab, where technicians prepare slides from each samples and examine them under a microscope. Results arrive in hours or days – and then only if you’re in a place with the necessary infrastructure.

By ISRAEL21c - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Full Story

Humpbacks having breakfast at Great Bear Lodge

Humpbacks having breakfast at Great Bear Lodge

By News on the Net - Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - Full Story

Adorable moment dog drags his owner’s granddaughter back to safety

Adorable moment dog drags his owner's granddaughter back to safety

This is the adorable moment a dog rescues a little girl from ocean waves after thinking she’s in trouble of being washed away.

By Daily Mail - Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - Full Story

Sufficient Unto The Day Is The Evil Thereof

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On his Mississippi Delta farm, my father operated a small cotton gin, and during harvest season, my after-school and weekend job was hammering together the flat metal straps and buckles used to bind cotton bales. When my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird wasn’t busy doing something else, he helped me.

By Jimmy Reed - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - Full Story

Roku ups its content offering with its own channel

Roku ups its content offering with its own channel
Roku customers who can’t find enough stuff to watch and/or listen to on the platform have a new weapon in their search for stuff: the Roku Channel.

The Canadian version of the channel went live on the morning of July 23 (the U.S. version has been available for a while) and offers a selection of movies, TV shows and the like in one location – kind of like about a thousand other channels you can put onto the Roku, such as Shout! Factory TV and ,many, many others. And the content is all free!

By Jim Bray - Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - Full Story