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How do you spell tacky? How about T-o-p-i-n-k-a

As a rule, I don’t blog about state or national elections. And as a rule, I don’t carry a grudge. But there’s always an exception. It used to be the race for Illinois Treasurer, but when Judy Barr Topinka decided to be the state’s comptroller, that became the exception. As I said, I don’t carry... Read more »

You want THE TRUTH? As a matter of fact, I do

Last Tuesday was National News Engagement Day, a day dedicated to promoting newspaper readership by Americans, especially young people who seem to be oblivious to the need to be informed. In fact, according to a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center found that 29% of those younger than 25 say they got no news... Read more »

So where you been? Campaign time means the start of the onslaught

It’s August, right? Finally. Recently people have asked me if I was still blogging about things in Big Animal Grove. But of course. Sometimes, however, things get chaotic and not everything gets done.  Like a blog. For the past six weeks I have been traveling around the country for either vacation or journalism workshops (mostly... Read more »
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Happy Birthday to my favorite uncle...

Dear Uncle Sam, I was in a card shop the other day looking for a birthday card for you. I saw cards for kids, 20-year-olds, 30-year-olds, and 60-year-olds. But none for a 238-year-old. That’s too bad.  I don’t think there’s a person who has an uncle who has done what you, or endured what you... Read more »

Mention my name in Sheboygan....once, and so?

People look at me funny.  I’ve gotten used to it. This is especially true when they find out I am a ::gasp:: Green Bay Packers fan. “‘WTF” — How can you be a Packers fan? My standard line is that my mother dropped me when I was a baby — but in reality, that’s probably... Read more »

Hey, this ain't Denny's....

When asked how he liked kids, the late W.C. Field replied: “I like children. If they’re properly cooked.” So imagine how he would have felt had he been at the trendy Alinea restaurant Saturday night when some parents, who just had to be there, brought their 8-month-old kid. Got it?  Alinea, not Denny’s.  Alinea, got... Read more »
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Why Johnny still can't read...

I heard the news and I was not surprised. The academic ranking of the United States is slipping – which is putting it mildly.  The folks who spend their time measuring such things put the United States somewhere in middle of the pack.  The same pack that we, so they say, once led. Not anymore. ... Read more »

Just how stupid are we?

I’m not sure if people are getting dumber, or if there is an over ridding fear that if things are not precisely spelled out, someone will do something stupid and sue a company or individual. Case in point. In the not too recent past, I was on a flight and noticed that in the lavatories... Read more »

So what did I miss while on vacation?

I’m not sure if there’s a newspaper in Mayville, New York. But if there is, then residents of this tiny town nestled at the end of Chautauqua Lake in western NewYork may have read the following: Police continued their investigation into a small, but boisterous, parade late Monday night.   Residents report excessive horn blowing, the... Read more »
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Looking at the whole student can make a difference...

As an educator, it’s not unusual to meet with a parent who is panic-stricken because his/her child has issues because he/she may have ADHD, be on medication for one reason or another, have a broken finger nail or may have just broken up with a significant other – as significant as others can be to... Read more »