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The issue with homework

I never remember liking homework. Not in grade school. Not in middle school. And especially not in high school. In college it had to be dealt with, but, you guessed it, I still didn't like it.Surprisingly there's been times when I've had homework from The Review, but most was self-assigned and ...

The most wonderful time of the year

December is here and I'm happy, happy, happy! I love everything about this month, and now that it's officially Christmastime I can allow myself the joys of the season.I've never liked getting ahead of the holidays. Up to this point I have tried my best to not listen to Christmas music, except ...

Our digital footprint

I really like social media. Each venue has a lot of pros and are a great way to keep connected. Though, I'm still not totally sold on Twitter. I've never caught on to that character limit thing. But one aspect of social media that I find a little strange is the fact that it stores ...

Quarter of a century

I recently became the owner of the age 25, which is kind of hard to believe.For the past four years, I've still thought of myself as 20-years-old and forgot that I've aged on. I remember 20 being a big thing for me. I was a teenager no more. Maybe that's why the number has stuck in my head, but ...

Food glorious food

Food has played a large role in my life, not just because I need it to survive, but because it excites me.Two of my passions have always been preparing and eating food. I grew up in a household with a mother who always provided good home cooked meals. My family would sit around the table each ...

All sales final

Sales can be fun, both versions. I'm not talking about sifting through coupons to find the best deal. And I'm not talking about the red light that an employee at Hill's would set off, used as a beacon to attract shoppers to a certain area of the store where an item's cost was being reduced.The ...

This and that Part II

Candy Crush Saga is not taking over my life, but it's beginning to frustrate me.What is Candy Crush Saga? You don't know? Really?If you've never heard of it, I ask that you jump down a few paragraphs because it's not something you need in order to survive in this world.Those who are aware of ...

The license plate game

I hate to drive long distances. It's just not fun. But with family vacations, unless you want to break the bank on airfare, packing up the Blazer is the option of choice.She's been with me for many a trip, my Blazer, most recently when I took the kids and headed to Ocean City, Md. (with my ...

Mugging for the camera

I don't really like my picture taken. Unlike many of you out there, I can't fake a smile. It appears awkward to me, so I can only imagine how the person receiving it must feel.My genuine smile is nice, I believe. All those types of smiles are, in fact. Most can sense genuine vs. fake. Or at ...

Mushroom clouds and tornado skies

For anyone who grew up from the early 1970s through the mid 1990s, there were few more potent sources of terror than an unexpected interjection of the Emergency Broadcast System into your TV viewing.Even if preceded by an announcement that it was "only a test," that unmistakable blast of ...