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Getting Type-Cast

By Dennis E. Powell | Jan 19, 2022 at 11:53 AM

Do you know your blood type? Some of us do. I’d hazard that most of us don’t. It’s not something that comes up, and when it is a matter of medical importance it can be determined quickly enough. But there are people who consider it almost as important as one’s age or educational achievements.

They're Accidentally Right

By Dennis E. Powell | Jan 12, 2022 at 6:51 PM

Get ready to read something unpopular. New York late last year and now the federal government are giving preferential treatment to non-white, non-Asian people for scarce COVID-19 treatments. On the face of it, it’s an outrage.

Nice New TV, Same Old Shows

By Dennis E. Powell | Jan 05, 2022 at 11:26 PM

It starts when we’re young, I think, and continues through our lives. That great new baseball glove, we’re encouraged to believe (and are eager to go along with it), will make us far better players. That new car will make us so much more attractive to the opposite sex. That new word processor will bring our writing into a whole new realm of coherence and literacy.

A Walmart.com-FedEx Horror Story

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 29, 2021 at 11:22 AM

If I’d known that TCL televisions were disposable, I would have gotten something else two years ago when my 13-year-old flat screen died, but that’s a story for another day.

Christmas Has Changed

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 22, 2021 at 11:48 AM

So. We’re three days from Christmas. These last couple of years the holiday, like everything else, has gotten a bit deflated as two presidents and a lot of medical bureaucrats, liking the feel of unexpected power, have succumbed to the irresistible compulsion to do something, whether it was advisable or not. The effects were troubling to some people more than they were to me, because for a number of years now I’ve enjoyed low-key Christmas celebrations.

Procrastinator's Gift Guide

By Timothy R. Butler | Dec 21, 2021 at 11:30 AM

Still Christmas shopping and getting nervous? In the latest OFB Video, Tim Butler looks at four items still able to arrive before Christmas that make thoughtful and fun gifts for just about anyone.

The Time I Fired Santa Claus

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 15, 2021 at 11:41 AM

George McEvoy always had the best stories. He was a reporter at the old Fort Lauderdale News the same time I was. Though while most us thought of ourselves as young reporters on our way up, George already had enjoyed (mostly) a rich and colorful career. He’d been a police reporter at the New York Daily Mirror alongside the likes of Walter Winchell and his circle had included Damon Runyon. When The Mirror closed down, George moved to Phoenix, where he was a reporter, of course, and where he met his wife, Ruthie. After a while, Fort Lauderdale became his home.

The Excitement of Christmas Back Then

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 08, 2021 at 11:37 PM

Nice notes having arrived about my reminiscence last week, I thought I’d continue with some family traditions that were once common but that seem now to have all but disappeared, and some community ones which in many places have suffered the same fate.

Christmas Traditions are Good, Especially Old Ones

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 01, 2021 at 11:50 AM

Do people still have warm, memorable Christmas traditions? I wonder. We used to. Here’s part of my family’s, when my family lived on our little farm in Missouri at a time that doesn’t seem as long ago as it was.

This Time, It Went Perfectly

By Dennis E. Powell | Nov 10, 2021 at 9:53 PM

You may have seen “America’s Sweethearts” the 2001 movie about the life of a motion picture publicist. To most people it is a cute and funny romantic comedy. To anyone who has ever been in the publicity business, it is a documentary.

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