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A Game of Chicken

Saturday, May 6th, 2017
[caption id="attachment_3057" align="alignright" width="300"] Francisco and Jacinta Marto[/caption] When I was growing up during the 1960s and 1970s, every so often there would be a news report about a head-on collision between two cars that were driven by teenage boys who had been playing a game of chicken. The way the game was… Read More

We Live In A Bizarre World

Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Restroom CartoonEarlier this month, the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter to Pat McCrory, the governor of North Carolina. In the letter, the DOJ threatened Governor McCrory and gave him a deadline to confirm that North Carolina will not enforce a recent law that was passed by the North Carolina Legislature. The letter accused North Carolina and the governor… Read More

Some Unexpected Help With A Problem

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
APC-SMT1000On January 1, after I went to Mass and had lunch with my family, I headed to my office with the intention of cleaning up the stacks of files, papers, magazines, audio CDs, and other miscellaneous items that had piled up during 2015. At my office, I have ten computers that are connected to a server. The server is a… Read More

Just A Nice Guy

Saturday, August 29th, 2015
ManipulationIt’s been a couple of years since my three youngest daughters — Mary, Christine, and Teresa — stopped describing boys to me in the way they had always described them. Before they stopped, whenever they talked about a new boy they had met and liked, they focused on how nice he was. They would say, “He’s such a nice guy. You can’t help but like him.” That particular description… Read More

The Key to the Side Door

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
KeyLast week, I wrote about an experience I had during the summer of 1974. At that time, I was 17 years old. I had a part-time job at the Ramada Inn in downtown Peoria, and one Saturday night after work, I drove to the Shrine Mosque in downtown Peoria to see if I could catch the second half of a show that featured a professional barbershop quartet. The quartet had won the previous year’s international competition… Read More