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Secret ingredient

The business section of Time magazine recently reported that in 2016 a journalist snapped a picture of the list of 11 herbs and spices found in the Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe, reportedly from a...

 

Chronic pain

Chronic pain: pain lasting longer than 12 weeks. Lance Frazer addresses the problem in his article in Legion Magazine. We’ve seen the lawsuit, heard the verdict, and accept the proof that opioid...

 

Baseball

As I listen to the World Series, Nationals vs. Astros, with the score tied, I think back to the excitement generated in those contests I remember as a youth. The games took place during school hours... Full story

 

Retirement savings

An article in AARP Magazine by Allan Roth is labeled “Saving for Retirement May be Wrong.” It certainly got my attention and here is his rationale. The first statement is so true: “Wealth is...

 

Breast cancer

You’ve seen the advertisements, witnessed the heartache, made aware of the billions of dollars spent on research, but women continue to die from metastatic breast cancer, some 40,000 Americans...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 4, 2019

Guitars

“Guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music are the only things that keep me hangin’ on.” –Dwight Yoakam, 1986 The modern guitar was developed by Antonio Torres Jurado in 1850, and in 1930 Adolph...

 

Vaping

Vaping has recently surged to the forefront as to its’ dangers and possible benefits. The CDC reports almost 400 serious lung illnesses and six deaths linked to vaping. Nicotine, like alcohol, is...

 

Marijuana

President Bill Clinton admitted to smoking marijuana in the ‘70s but famously stated “I didn’t like it and I didn’t inhale.” That led talk show host Johnny Carson to quip, “Even when...

 

Woodstock

August 15th has come and gone but the memories of what happened in upstate New York on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm 50 years ago is fresh on many people’s minds. Not the adventurous soul that would...

 

Apple pie

September signals the start of the fall season with its official beginning on the 23rd. I know Autumn is arriving as the apples have ripened on our tree in the 300 block of Flynn. Apples are a great...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 30, 2019

In control

It becomes obvious that Lou Costello will never figure out who the players are in the classic vaudeville skit, “Who’s on First?” Is it a lack of communication on Bud Abbott’s part or the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 23, 2019

Technology's future

The world’s population doubles every 40 years. While that happens, technology is catching up to biology with some surprising results. DNA is the basis for life on Earth and as it makes copies of...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 16, 2019

To rebuild or not

The recent decision concerning the Alva pool reminds us of the dilemma over the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral whose entire roof and spire were destroyed by fire. While the degradation of the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 9, 2019

Summer heat

John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful sang, “Hot time, summer in the city, back of my neck getting’ dirt and gritty,” and global warming was yet to come! Oklahoma, cool, and August have never...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 2, 2019

Soil

This is the time of the year that the fields lie fallow, waiting for the September planting and the regrowth of wheat, a crop vital to the economy of this region and the nutrition of the nation. We...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 26, 2019

Diet and DNA

Americans have relied on federal dietary guidelines with assurance that the recommendations apply to everyone. Today we have the allure of the personalized diet based on genetic markers, lifestyle...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 19, 2019

Biometrics

Jack Webb, as Sergeant Joe Friday, implored “Just the facts, ma’am, nothing but the facts.” The fact is that no two people share fingerprints. There are records of fingerprints dating to...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 12, 2019

Smokey Bear

Who among you remembers Vince and Larry the crash dummies? Credited with saving 85,000 lives, they helped increase seat belt use to 67% during their commercials from 1985 to 1999. How about Woodsy...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 5, 2019

Spam

While shopping for the Blessings Box at Lincoln School, I picked up some cans of the famous product called Spam. We know the word as the label for the annoying number of unsolicited e-mails that most...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 28, 2019

Patina

Wife Nicki tells the story of her Grandma Annie who painted her ’47 Chevy coupe with a brush. I read a story about painting cars outside; for best results they recommended the color Indian Ceramic,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 21, 2019

Generic drugs*

The current lawsuits involving opioid manufacture, promotion and distribution bring to mind other drug company issues addressed in an article in Time magazine by Katherine Eban. Ninety percent of the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 14, 2019

Lunar landing

When President Kennedy asked Congress to appropriate money for a moon mission, we had “no rockets powerful enough, no computers portable enough, no spacesuits,” according to Smithsonian Magazine....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 7, 2019

D-Day

A scene from the classic movie “Jurassic Park” has a humorous yet terrifying moment when Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcom flees the Tyrannosaurus in his Jeep. “Must go faster,” he exclaims,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 31, 2019

Snowplow parents

Felicity Hoffman pled guilty to a college admission scandal and the U.S. Attorney recommended 12 months imprisonment and a $20,000 fine. Thirty-two other parents have been indicted on fraud charges...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 17, 2019

Aging in place

If you walk around your home, you will notice that there are areas that are hard to navigate. Throw rugs are aptly named. Most people are happiest in their current home – surrounded by memories and...

 

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