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 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 15, 2019

St. Patricks's Day

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, March was named for Mars, the Roman god of war. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter. With March comes...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 8, 2019

New Year don'ts

New Year’s resolutions rarely take so, Kiwanis Magazine gave me some ideas on what not to do in 2019. Several I had already decided in favor of, the first of which is not leaving voice mails....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 1, 2019

Paving

“What this country needs is a good 5 cent cigar.” –Thomas R. Marshall What this country needs today is self-repairing pavement. The Dutch are experimenting with a stretch of asphalt laced with...

 

Bullying

It doesn’t take much to make a difference in another person’s life, positively or negatively. It’s also easy to overlook someone who is being bullied, and so difficult to think independently or...

 

In My Corner

When the National Geographic subscription expires, I try to make justification for not renewing the $39 magazine when most other periodicals are $6-$10. The next issue contains an article that blows...

 

White gold

“Up from the ground came the bubblin’ crude, black gold, Texas Tea.” Great news for the Clampetts, soon to be the Beverly Hillbillies. As the demand for alternative fuel vehicles grows, so does...

 

Groundhog Day

Last year’s calendar was weary with special days, celebrations, anniversaries and appointments while 2019 is stacking-up to be the same. February was, for the second year, the slowest month at the...

 

Human trafficking

In the hit “Drivin’ My Life Away,” Eddie Rabbitt sang: “Well, the truck stop cutie comin’ on to me. Tried to talk me into a ride, said I wouldn’t be sorry. Oh, but she was just a baby....

 

Middle class

Fortune magazine devoted a 28-page section to “The Shrinking Middle Class.” While most Americans consider themselves to be middle class, it is an elusive formula that decides. If you’ve ever...

 

Miracle birth

On the cover of Time magazine we see the picture of the first baby born in the U.S. to a mother with a transplanted uterus. Reading further, I discovered that one in 1,450 women worldwide are born san...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    January 4, 2019

Paper money

Counter checks had only the name of the bank. That meant your signature was used to identify the account. Each signature was identifiable but it was a very poor system. Then came personalized checks,...

 

Maternal mortality

“You never know when you need to look like you have a little bit of sense and a little bit of money.” Those were the words of Charles Johnson IV as he accompanied his wife to the hospital as she...

 

Biological clocks

A human’s life on earth is ruled by natural rhythms established in each individual’s cells. Many of us rebel against daylight savings time, cloudy days and schedule changes brought about by jobs...

 

Safe at home-dwellers

Thousands of Americans reach retirement age each year. Many of them plan to “age in place.” If that brings up connotations of grab bars, toilet seat risers and access ramps, you’re not alone....

 

Christmas letters

Ann Hodgman, in Smithsonian Magazine, says, “This season, 65 percent of Americans will send Christmas cards or letters.” It’s a tradition for many and the bane of others. The custom of sending...

 

Car insurance

Flooding in Houston, storm surge on the East Coast, fires in California team-up to raise insurance rates all across the country. The purpose of insurance is to spread the risk among the...

 

Diamonds

“Is it live, or is it Memorex?” – a slogan from the days of recording tape. Is it a real diamond, or is it paste? Paste diamonds, also known as diamond simulants, have some of the same character...

 

Compassion fatigue

Bill Crowder in Our Daily Bread says, “Compassion fatigue can be one of the results of living in a badly broken world.” Following the news for an emotional uplift proves to be a daunting challenge...

 

Agree to disagree

From an article in the Talequah Daily Press comes this statement: “But today, outright lies have become the weapon of choice and the weaker-minded would rather believe the office-holders they...

 

Poverty

“Ebola (virus) reminds us again that a health crisis anywhere is a health crisis everywhere.” – Sue Desmond, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The war on worldwide poverty and famine...

 

Deer hits

I like cars and deer, but they don’t mix. In many years of driving, I’ve only hit one deer but during mating season and hunting season, they are on the move, putting them and you in harm’s way...

 

Eyeglass improvements

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” -- Arthur C. Clark. Just as batteries have grown in capacity and longevity, computers from novelty to necessity, and diaries...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 5, 2018

Keeping your keys

Losing your ability to drive, whether self-imposed or dictated, is one of the biggest blows to independence that a senior citizen can suffer. As more people outlive the ability to drive, many states...

 

Natural Causes

“It doesn’t matter if you do everything perfectly,” says Barbara Ehrenreich in her new book “Natural Causes.” I have reached the average age of demise for men worldwide. Now my goal is to reach the national average of 77. Is it attainable a...

 

Scamming

I got a call from Jamaica, mon! Since I don’t know anyone from the island, I didn’t answer. Mentioning the call to a friend, they had answered and were offered a chance to have $25,000 deposited...

 

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