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Joe Dirt

I'm sure we are all creatures of habit, and lock our minds into unrelated topics. Sunday, March 14 had a very strange beginning for me. I awoke at 7 a.m., and again at 10 a.m., just in time to watch Chris Wallace's Sunday morning news....more >>

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I like fireworks as much as the next guy, just won't spend my money on it

Soon after lighting a fire cracker, at about the age of 10 (which was about the same time I started appreciating clanging coins in my pocket) I made a lifetime commitment: To stop bursting money into the air....more >>

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Going thru some changes in life

I guess I'm going through the same changes in life that my dad did (and there is absolutely no hint or indication it can be related to Bruce Jenner nor Caitlyn). My change in life is when it comes to the changes in music....more >>

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Witching with my brother-in-law

(This from the way back archives -- the 1970s!) * * * At certain times I'm skeptical about various things or people, but basically I believe what people tell me, unusual or not. Like black panthers or leopards, fortune telling, and witching wells....more >>

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Common sense is a topic of choice

If you've got reasoning or common sense, you're already smarter than a lot of the campus geniuses. I just fried a pound of bacon in a pan on our range. This relates to my common sense remark....more >>

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'Vernacular,' where the meanings are made up

I think it was in my early high school days when I first heard, and learned, the meaning of the word vernacular. I was so pleased with myself. I believe I took a liking to that word after my teacher explained vernacular as being the "language of the streets....more >>

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It is 'fantastic' (this column, of course)

Back up several years to when I came to Oxford in the mid 1950s -- Milton Francis was working for Nowels Lumber Co. Some time after that, he started collecting historical notes He only recently (again) found some upon a cleaning/moving day....more >>

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In a weak moment I read something a PhD wrote

Everyone knows a person's interests change many times throughout life. We go so quickly from Kermit the frog to "our" body to having kids to career to graduations, weddings, etc. Right now, my reading interests are health (depression/recession), golf course negotiations (I need more shots), anti-tax increases, vinegar uses and are Works cleaners better than Lysol? I've had bouts of depression since Hazel died and all headlines referencing this affect get my attention, even if they are too long....more >>

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The May 5 Tax Proposal is a scam!

I suppose I should suggest you read the May 5 Road tax proposal for yourselves. But, I don't want to subject you to this insanely complex formula. How in hell, and why in hell, did the legislature vote to raise taxes on fuel, raise our sales tax, raise the vehicle registration fees while not immediately supplementing the road budgets? In the first two years of tax increases, a significant portion of the new "road" "revenues" go to pay down road related debt accumulated by the men and women in Lansing, our legislature....more >>

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Jottings on 'roos, reporters and peaches

This Jottings first appeared April 16, 2014. It lightens my day just seeing a bunch of kangaroos bouncing across a desert in some commercial. To the geniuses behind the 'roo marketing: Trouble is, I don't remember what they are advertising....more >>
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