Opinion

Strawberry Shortcake and the Parenting Win

“I don’t care about the lipstick or nail polish, but do you have to use so much perfume?” “Just how many skirts do you have on right now?” “Quit shaking your pom-poms and clean your room!” “Is that mascara you’re wearing?” “Your Hannah Montana wig is shedding all over the house.” “Take off one of

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Men are the worst patients – and get no sympathy

I discovered, once again, that there is a good reason why more women than men are nurses. Women, when around patients – and especially sick men and husbands – are much more matter of fact and have little sympathy. That may or may not be a compliment towards women – especially if you have the

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The Incredible Shrinking Travis

When I graduated from high school, I weighed a paltry 135 pounds. I enjoyed a wonderfully high metabolism in those days. I ate as much food and drank as much beer as I wanted and never gained an ounce. But by the time my knees decided they didn’t enjoy Marine Corps basic training nearly as

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Need to get control of my stuff

I can’t get control of my stuff. I’m unsure that this is yet one more sign of old age, an inability to recuperate after the holidays or simply that I’m a slob. It is probably a little bit of all three, but the fact is, I’ve got a pile of stuff here and a pile

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Three women and a dream

If you see a middle-aged man with a goofy grin on his face driving a black 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air around town, feel free to honk and wave. Yes, that deliriously happy man you see behind the wheel is me, and I will be glad to honk back using the brand new horn installed by

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Super Sunday, super strange wagers

This Sunday’s Super Bowl is a football bettor’s dream. Of course, the Thanksgiving Day family game of touch football at Aunt Martha’s backyard is a true football bettor’s dream – that is the power that football holds over many sports bettors and bookies. However, this Super Bowl could be the entertainment that I’ve been looking

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$1,000 + $1,000 = $1,000

What do you do when your $1000 car needs a $1000 repair? I have owned my 2006 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor since January of 2011, when I bought the decommissioned cruiser, formerly owned by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, at a local auto auction. A full-size, rear-wheel drive, 250-horsepower family sedan with an attitude, my

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Plenty of cuts to be made

Millions of marchers and protestors marched in protest of the new administration on Saturday. My wife and I marched as well. We got out of our SUV, marched across the bridge over Cedar Creek and straight up the hill into the Mark Twain National Forrest. Never let it be said that a walk in the

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Fire and Icepocalypse

It’s Sunday afternoon, and thanks to the wood-pellet fireplace installed by our home’s previous owner, the temperature in our living room at this exact moment is 77 degrees, even as Winter Storm Jupiter rages on outside. Okay, “rages” may be a bit of a stretch. Far from the “Icepocalypse” that was predicted for our area,

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Annual technology review

Another January has rolled around and once again I force myself to take a long look at the technology and software I utilize for work, family and to follow my favorite Cardinals on Twitter. Go ahead. You follow the new President. I won’t have the headache until the Redbirds’ bullpen falters in September. But this

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