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We all collect something. I wish I had stayed with model airplanes instead of progressing to full-size cars. Like many of my day, I had models hanging from the ceiling in my room. Today we have a...

 

Acute and chronic pain

Pain is something we all live with and some have more than others. There is a distinction between acute and chronic. Medicine defines pain as a symptom of an underlying condition. Pain has its...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 9, 2020

Democracy

J.J. Peller, a business coach, says: “Leadership is setting a higher standard for yourself and modeling that standard.” As the presidential election draws near, controversy swirls around the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 2, 2020

Investing

There are some interesting changes in the markets and investment opportunities due to the stimulus infusions of cash, with another package on the horizon. The treasury has cut short-term interest...

 

Following directions

Following directions is a lifetime skill. For those of a certain age, “close cover before striking” was an early example. It referred to a book of matches that had a flap to cover the package...

 

Modern maintenance

For the last 40 years, improvements (changes) in automobiles have taken them from maintenance little more complex than a lawn mower to a rolling computer with more technology than the first lunar...

 

Screws

Screwdrivers, component of every handyperson’s tool kit, have been around for at least 150 years. We wouldn’t need them if it weren’t for the plethora of fasteners we refer to as screws. Nails...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 28, 2020

V-8 Ford

“Cadillac rollin’ down the open road, but nothin’ outrun my V-8 Ford.” — Chuck Berry. The Ford V-8 was not the first V-8 engine but the first affordable to the mass market consumer....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 21, 2020

Women's suffrage

April 18th, 1920, Tennessee ratified the 19th amendment assuring its passage. Credit for the women’s suffrage movement has been given to Susan B. Anthony. The 15th amendment, which gave black men...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 14, 2020

College COVID-19

After the longest Spring Break in history, education is back to some semblance of normal but the pandemic has put plans on hold for many, especially those in college. There have been questions about...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 7, 2020

Non-GMO

An article in “The Week” magazine discusses the pros and cons of scientists releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida. Non-GMO is a label we see on foods to assure consumers who are...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 31, 2020

Space force

The Space Force – branch No. 6 in the arsenal that protects us from foreign encroachment. It was created in June of 2019 as part of the 2020 defense bill following NATO’S recognition of space as ...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 24, 2020

The nature of life

If a tree falls in the forest and no creature is there to hear it, did it make a sound? Sound is an interpretation of shock waves by the ear, so, in my opinion, no. Stephen Hawking says that the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 17, 2020

Pandemic

The Spanish flu pandemic lasted in four successive waves from February 1918 until April 1920. Should we expect the current episode to be shorter? We have made many advances in dealing with infectious...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 10, 2020

Tinnitus

Buzzing, clicking, whooshing or chirping in your ears sound familiar? You are suffering from tinnitus. One in seven people worldwide experience some form of it and it can be constant or intermittent....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 3, 2020

G.O.A.T.

Bill Strecker’s quote was: “People do not want to hear your opinion, they want to hear their opinion coming out of your mouth.” GOAT stands for Greatest of All Time. Mohammed Ali was the greates...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 26, 2020

Toilet paper

March 13, 2020: the beginning of the Great Toilet Tissue Panic. According to Arist Mastorides, president of Cottonelle and Scott, toilet paper sales grew by 734% in dollars, from the same day the year...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 19, 2020

Radio Flyer

When I was young, facial tissue was Kleenex; refrigerators, Frigidaire; cameras, Kodak; and coaster wagons, Radio Flyer. Another great American brand diluted by Chinese manufacture, Radio Flyer now pr...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 12, 2020

Auto artifacts

I skipped over the article in this month’s Hot Rod Magazine on how to build a 501 cubic inch Ford torque monster and settled on an article called “Automotive Artifacts” by David Freiburger. I...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 5, 2020

Aging

Staying physically healthy as we age is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and to our loved ones. Experts agree, if you haven’t led an active lifestyle, it’s never too late to start....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 29, 2020

Motorcycles

“Live to ride, ride to live.” These words emblazoned on some vanity plates express the feelings of a true motorcyclist. Unfortunately, the danger in riding is real: motorcycles are hard to see...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 22, 2020

Eggs

While milk is advertised to be “nature’s most nearly perfect food,” humans are the only animals that drink it after they are grown and dietitians claim it isn’t as great a source of calcium as...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 15, 2020

Virtual spying

“Oklahoma City University virtual graduation hacked with racist, bigoted, and anti-semitic terms.” Known for diversity and inclusion, the university was quick to disconnect but the damage to a...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 8, 2020

Information, knowledge, wisdom: related, but not all the same

An article in The American Legion Magazine states that human knowledge doubled every 100 years before the 20th Century; now, it is doubling every 13 months. According to Dan Coats, as director of...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 1, 2020

Smart cities

An article in Fortune Magazine is titled “The City That Sees All.” Shenzen, North China, is such a place. Based on a booming economy thanks to several tech giants, innovation has gone rampant....

 

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