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Chips ahoy!

Computer riddle: “What do you do for a bad chip?” Answer: “Good bean dip.” The problem is not one of bad chips, but no chips at all. The shortage has crippled industries making everything...

 

Humor

The Reader’s Digest has a monthly column called: “Laughter, the Best Medicine.” In this month’s magazine cover story, it says that laughter takes our minds off our problems and connects us to...

 

Curiosity

“Curiosity killed a cat,” but cats aren’t the only curious animals. Humans also wonder what is going on. The information edge drives social media and most Facebook followers revel in the latest...

 

Music

“Remember what the door mouse said: 'Feed your head'.” These lyrics from Jefferson Airplane in 1967 didn’t refer to brain health but, according to a supplement from Smithsonian Magazine, some...

 

Reputation

Henry Ford said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” Those words are as true today as they were when spoken over 75 years ago. As children grow up, parents should set exa...

 

Taxation

The first of the year finds business-people across America scrambling to send out 1099 forms and sorting receipts for taxes. The deadline for the first one-half of property tax has come, with the...

 

King Solomon's mines

King Solomon was a biblical character known for wealth and knowledge. Throughout history, his mines are believed to be the source of his riches. To the uninitiated, the area appears to be one of...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    January 7, 2022

Stuff

We all have too much. Minimalist living is not in the forecast for America. Now that a new year has begun, do we need to keep holding on? In a local counseling class, attendees are asked to choose...

 

Tools

“Arden the tool man” might be a nice moniker for me because, in addition to all the tools I inherited from my dad, I have amassed a greater collection of my own. I have favorites; the go-to that f...

 

Gossip

“I don’t repeat gossip so you have to hear me the first time.” Talk around the water cooler, break room, teacher’s lounge, and coffee shop is on the rise, having taken a hit during the...

 

Supply and demand

I saw a plaque that listed the four stages of life: “You believe in Santa Claus, you don’t believe in Santa Claus, you are Santa Claus and, the last stage, you look like Santa Claus. Having...

 

Vaccination

Anti-vaccination is nothing new. In 1796 when Edward Jenner developed the smallpox vaccine that helped to eliminate the disease worldwide, mandatory vaccination laws were passed in England, leading...

 

Unknown blessing

What has God done for you that you aren’t even aware of? Many thank God for blessings received but what has gone on behind your back? A study of human physiology nets too much information about the...

 

Aging leadership

How old is too old? An article in Time Magazine states: “At some point, and statistically it’s in the 80’s, you begin a more rapid decline.” Physically and mentally, we pose questions about...

 

Body odor isn't just about cleanliness

According to an article by Jude Stewart, a person’s odor can tell a lot about their age, diet, emotions and health. “Your body is constantly radiating information.” When my daughters were...

 

Archaeology

Archaeology: as old as the plundering of Egyptian Tombs and as modern as dumpster diving. I still recall the wonder of viewing the breast plate of King Tutankhamen at a display in Dallas over 20...

 

Generation gap

Baby Boomers, Millenials, Gen Z, Generation X – are any of these relevant to society or are they labeled only to generate bickering on social media? Are there real issues to address for each of...

 

Medicare Advantage

Medicare open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this period, Medicare enrollees 65 and older can switch plans. Options include traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Unlike...

 

Water, water

“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!” – Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. According to Kris Maher in the Wall Street Journal, roughly 60 million Americans...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 8, 2021

Digital currency

Digital currencies: what are they, how are they created, how are they used? Known as bitcoin, stablecoin, etherium and dogecoin, all are created by blockchain technology, mined from complicated...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 1, 2021

Metabolism

The speed at which our bodies utilize food is called metabolism. It varies greatly among individuals as some eat anything they want in the amount they want and never gain weight. Others can look at a...

 

Cash for clunkers

“Better for the seller than the buyer.” That quote from an article in Car and Driver Magazine tells all about today’s used car market. When Jim Norton’s ads include the offer to “buy your...

 

Spending money

We are entering the age of no cents. There is a possibility that the government may quit minting the penny. It costs nearly two cents to produce and millions are discarded yearly. Many people won’t...

 

Early recordings

Dear to my family, I have a 78 rpm record that my mother and Aunt Carrie made in the ‘40s. There were record-making machines available and they had one “cut.” The first phonograph was invented...

 

Hot peppers

In 1969, character actor Jack Somack made an Alka-Seltzer commercial that today would go viral. He bites into some spaghetti and states: “Mama-Mia, that’s-a one spicy meatball.” How spicy do...

 

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