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Scare Up a Love for Reading This Halloween

Written by on 31 October 2016

I don’t know where a they all come from, every Halloween, but the handful of kids I see in our neighborhood throughout the year multiply exponentially into hundreds of trick-or-treaters. In the process of handing out treats, however, I like to play a little trick on them. I get the little imps reading, or at […]

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National Security, circa 2016

Written by on 31 October 2016

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH… I’m a security professional, and I have over a decade of law enforcement experience as well, so this Hillary e-mail thing, you could say, is up my alley. I don’t know more than anyone else knows, fact-wise, but my educated guesses can be taken for what you think they’re worth. The […]

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The Shopping Cart as a Symbol of the Civil Society

Written by on 31 October 2016

Born on June 4, 1937, an underappreciated star was born. This was the day Sylvan N. Goldman first put the grocery store shopping cart into use. It’s original design was small, and it’s use was sporadic, within a few years, it’d become a staple of shopping. This cart allowed people to more quickly and easily buy a […]

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Whatever Happened to the Serial Story?

Written by on 27 October 2016

Many years ago serialized stories were common. They introduced the world to tales that eventually became famous novels. So what happened to them? They didn’t necessarily disappear but they have become less prominent. Yet there is legitimate reason to think that they could make a comeback if authors are willing to start writing them again. […]

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Trigger or Treat – Will Your Halloween Fun Pass the PC Test?

Written by on 27 October 2016

It’s only four more days until the creepy costumes are unleashed and the candy highs begin. Everyone loves Halloween, well everyone except for the perpetually offended who love to criticize certain costume genres and bitch about the sugar content in candy. It’s an American pastime, one that engages all ages, especially young adults, who, according […]

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Whither Soccer?

Written by on 26 October 2016

As a young child, you loved to play soccer. As a teenager you liked soccer, but moved on to baseball, football, basketball, or even lacrosse. As an adult you tuned out on soccer altogether except for during the World Cup. Did I just see you nod your head and say “Yup!”? I figured as much. […]

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Cleveland’s Big Day

Written by on 25 October 2016

Greetings, sports fans! A bit of introduction as I throw out my first piece on the Loftus Party – my name is Ignatius J. Reilly. You may know me better as the title character of the extraordinary book “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole. Heck, I’ve even got a statue on Canal Street […]

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Halloween and the Zombie Apocalypse

Written by on 25 October 2016

For children, Halloween ranks right up there with Christmas as the best time of year. For you, the informed adult concerned about the coming Zombie Apocalypse, Halloween can be a gut check. Nevertheless, you don’t have to dread it: costumes, free candy, and parties are celebrations of life and a thumbing-of-the-nose at grim death. Have […]

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Bumper Stickers: The Original Tweets

Written by on 25 October 2016

I remember Ricky Gervais compared Twitter to the world’s largest bathroom wall, and comic actor Albert Brooks called it “The Devil’s Playground.” I have to agree with both of these men: it can get pretty vile out there, and that was even before 2016’s brilliantly refined exercise of political trash talking. The presence of social […]

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