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My Secret Insecticide

By Dennis E. Powell | May 18, 2022 at 10:01 PM

Spring is here — actually, in a little over a month it will be summer — and welcome as it is, the season is accompanied by some annoyances.

End Right Supremacy Now!

By Dennis E. Powell | May 11, 2022 at 9:02 PM

You want to stop prejudice and discrimination? Okay, let’s do it. And let’s begin with the most oppressed of all the minorities, a group that includes 12 percent of the population and that has been made to bend to the will of the majority, from long before our country’s founding. It’s a minority that has been ignored, abused, mistreated, and shut out of important parts of society.

Escapes, Both Mediocre and Great

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 13, 2022 at 9:03 PM

The last couple of years brought us a desire to escape from the real world, maybe more than ever before. Due to the circumstance that led us to seek a hiding place, many of the refuges from reality we’ve traditionally sought weren’t available. We didn’t have movies at movie theaters. We didn’t have concerts. We lost sporting events. The attempts to provide substitutes were poor replacements for the real thing.

My Local Newspaper Slips into a Coma

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 06, 2022 at 11:04 PM

It is sad to see a newspaper die. It is sadder still when that death is a particularly gruesome suicide. For just under 15 years I was associated with a small paper in my small town. I wrote a weekly column — this column — for all of that time; for four rewarding years I was also the paper’s photographer.

Rediscovering Aldi

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 06, 2022 at 10:59 PM

When the pandemic first hit, we quickly watched various staples become hard to purchase, including — as plenty of memes gleefully remind us — toilet paper. Though less attention grabbing, meat, milk and other essentials also became harder to find and that pushed me to rediscover an old friend: Aldi.

A Story of a Friend

By Dennis E. Powell | Mar 30, 2022 at 10:32 PM

The phone call came exactly when I needed it. It was Bob Bernstein, with whom I’d never before spoken, calling from Rhode Island. “You haven’t been online, so I figured you might be having a problem,” he said. Indeed I was.

Let's Save the Time Change

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 16, 2022 at 8:41 PM

It happens every March — I am exhausted and it is still light outside. Yes, yes, it is the week of Daylight Savings Time and the effect of the switch is wearing on me and, I suspect, also on you. This is probably not the time to argue against the Sunshine Protection Act, Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposal to eliminate the time change, but here I am.

Is the World Too Ridiculous to be Funny?

By Dennis E. Powell | Feb 16, 2022 at 11:30 PM
The news yesterday was sadder than sad: P.J. O’Rourke has died. He was 74 but didn’t look it. He led many of us on a humorous journey over the river and through the woods, from silly childhood to appreciation of being an adult.

My Covid Diary

By Dennis E. Powell | Feb 09, 2022 at 9:53 PM

This is unrelenting. It’s been going on for two weeks that seem like two months, and there’s no end in sight. And while I’m a little spacey and shell shocked, I’m hoping I can tell the story.

Where Do I Belong?

By Jason Kettinger | Feb 09, 2022 at 12:31 PM

Over the next few months and years, I will have the opportunity to write about faith and disability, and how those experiences connect with my personal story. I want to say that it is against my nature to embrace too heartily any set of ideas that magnifies differences and distinctions for political gain. I don’t even really want to make anyone feel guilty, at least unnecessarily, so the stories I tell are my own. If a particular feeling or experience of mine doesn’t seem fair as a criticism, you’re free to let it go, and to pay it no heed.

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