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It’s time to cancel ‘snow days’

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

“Snow day.”

Those were once the two most glorious words ever uttered on an early morning radio broadcast.

When I was a kid in the ‘70s, it was pure heaven to wake to snow-blanketed hills, then tune into Jack Bogut’s KDKA morning show, praying he’d say our suburban school district was closed for the day.

As soon as our snow day...Read more

Reshaping America’s Battle of the Bulge

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

An anti-diet movement is afoot? Where can I sign up! 

According to the Wall Street Journal, more people are taking a more reasonable approach to dieting that lets them be healthy while staying at their non-skinny weight. 

The WSJ article features people who tried a variety of different diets over the years only to put back any weight ...Read more

We’ve Got Our Eyes on You, 2022! 

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Hello, 2022.

We hope you’re not expecting to get the honeymoon treatment that most New Years have gotten throughout history.

You see, 2022, most of us are very cranky here in the USA and we have our eyes on you.

It’s nothing personal, 2022.

It’s just that our hopes for the last two New Year’s have fallen far short of our ...Read more

We’ve Got Our Eyes on You, 2022! 

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Hello, 2022.

We hope you’re not expecting to get the honeymoon treatment that most New Years have gotten throughout history.

You see, 2022, most of us are very cranky here in the USA and we have our eyes on you.

It’s nothing personal, 2022.

It’s just that our hopes for the last two New Year’s have fallen far short of our ...Read more

Hail to Our Everyday Local Heroes  

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

A recent Reddit thread discusses the lack of heroes in modern society, but the truth is we have plenty of heroes.

It’s true that in the Internet era, historic figures we once considered heroic are being reevaluated as their past misdeeds and personal peccadilloes are revealed.

Celebrities we once admired suffer a fall from grace as ...Read more

The AOC’s of Student Loan Debt

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

‘Tis the season for giving — or, for some legislators, a good time to demand that the government force taxpayers to give others a large gift.

A few weeks ago, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to the house floor to issue another plea for the federal government to cancel nearly $1.7 trillion in student-loan debt.

That is, she is ...Read more

The Merry Return of Christmas Cards

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Christmas card trends are telling — they speak to the mood of the country — and this year’s trend offers some positive news.

According to the Washington Post, hand-written “snail-mailed” Christmas cards are all the rage, particularly among millennials who all of the sudden are spending more on Christmas cards than baby boomers.

...Read more

The Best Christmas Gift is Time

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Our time is the best gift we can give to our friends and family this Christmas.

Nobody knows how much time we have on Earth — nobody knows when our time will end.

We all have friends and loved ones who were claimed way too early.

Hopefully, you are blessed, as my family has been, to have loved ones who have lived long and fruitful ...Read more

Just Say No To Unaffordable Spending

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I wish I had a change of heart, but I still can’t support it.

Back in 2009, long before I got my beloved 11-month-old puppy, Thurber, I was critical of a proposed federal bill that sought tax deductions for pet owners.

According to the Washington Times, Robert Davi, a tough-guy Hollywood actor, and then Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., ...Read more

Just Say No To Unaffordable Spending

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I wish I had a change of heart, but I still can’t support it.

Back in 2009, long before I got my beloved 11-month-old puppy, Thurber, I was critical of a proposed federal bill that sought tax deductions for pet owners.

According to the Washington Times, Robert Davi, a tough-guy Hollywood actor, and then Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., ...Read more

A Tradition To Be Thankful For

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I love pumpkin pie — but not just any pumpkin pie.

It has to be my mother’s pumpkin pie, made with her unique thick and dry crust, and it has to be enjoyed only on Thanksgiving Day.

It’s a Purcell family tradition, after all, and tradition is the reason Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday.

The very first recorded ...Read more

A Tradition To Be Thankful For

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

I love pumpkin pie — but not just any pumpkin pie.

It has to be my mother’s pumpkin pie, made with her unique thick and dry crust, and it has to be enjoyed only on Thanksgiving Day.

It’s a Purcell family tradition, after all, and tradition is the reason Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday.

The very first recorded ...Read more

Give Thanks for Our Blessings, Big and Small

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Because life is mostly made up of little experiences, occasionally interrupted by big events, it’s easy to take the little things for granted.

But Shutterfly, the photography and image-sharing company, offers a list of 100 things, large and small, that we ought to single out for our gratitude this Thanksgiving.

Our homes, our incomes and...Read more


Never Forget Our Vets

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

My dad’s hearing was damaged more than half a century ago when, as a young man, he trained to be an Army military policeman during the war in Korea.

MPs were required to qualify for every weapon, including the exceptionally loud .50 caliber machine gun.

One day, while congested with a cold, the concussive impacts of the gun’s noise ...Read more

A Good Month to Grow a Beard

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

November has arrived and things are going to really get hairy now.

Every November, two charitable organizations I like, Movember and No-Shave November, raise funds by encouraging people to not cut or shave their hair.

Movember began in Australia in 2003 when two friends joked about bringing back the moustache (or “mo”) as a male ...Read more

A Good Month to Grow a Beard

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

November has arrived and things are going to really get hairy now.

Every November, two charitable organizations I like, Movember and No-Shave November, raise funds by encouraging people to not cut or shave their hair.

Movember began in Australia in 2003 when two friends joked about bringing back the moustache (or “mo”) as a male ...Read more

Memories of a Non-Political Halloween

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Halloween was fun while it lasted.

For decades it has been the one day of the year we could all forget our worries and live in the moment.

When I was a kid in the 1970s, Halloween was for kids.

As the weather became chilly and the leaves turned brilliant colors, we knew our annual candy haul would happen soon.

We didn’t put much ...Read more

Shouldn’t America Be Happier?

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Despite the many blessings of living in America, why aren’t more Americans happy?

According to World Population Review, the 2021 World Happiness Report ranks America as the 19th happiest out of 146 countries.

The report bases happiness on six categories, including gross domestic product (GDP), social support, life expectancy, ...Read more

Shouldn’t America Be Happier?

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Despite the many blessings of living in America, why aren’t more Americans happy?

According to World Population Review, the 2021 World Happiness Report ranks America as the 19th happiest out of 146 countries.

The report bases happiness on six categories, including gross domestic product (GDP), social support, life expectancy, ...Read more

The Pitfalls of Daylight Savings Time 

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

Be extra cautious when you “fall back” on Nov. 7, 2021.

That’s the date we must set our clocks back one hour in honor of daylight savings time.

But watch out.

The jarring shift to our daily sleep patterns and routines each Fall — and each Spring — is linked to an increase in heart attacks, strokes or automobile accidents, ...Read more

 

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