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Saturday, March 17, 2012

When I was a kid, I used to love walking on railroad tracks.

As an adult, I still did it whenever I had the chance, enjoying a remnant from my childhood, I guess.

Balance was something that came easy. So was flexibility. But my best strength was aerobic capacity.

I've always loved to move fast. Still do. And aerobic classes and fast-paced Zumba classes are still favorites of mine.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Obama administration continues to outdo themselves when it comes to making stupid decisions. The worst decision of the week is providing classified information on our missile defenses to the Russians. We have placed interceptor missiles in strategic locations around the world to create a defensive umbrella for the United States and our allies. Now, the administration wants to provide technical information to the Russians that would enable them to defeat our missile defenses as part of an "exchange" of data.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

By Bob urban

A happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone. But go easy on the green beer today. Keep the day festive, but don't go overboard.

But before you start celebrating, how about giving your brain a morning workout. Try to solve this teaser.

See if you can determine what these seven words all have in common. ( No, I didn't get it right).

1. Banana

2. Dresser

3. Grammar

4. Potato

5. Revive

6. Uneven

7. Assess


Saturday, March 17, 2012

The other day I heard this dirty phrase uttered in my presence. It really set my teeth on edge. I wanted to take a bar of soap and wash the gal's mouth out.

I'm going to try and tell you what it is, if my editor doesn't censor it.

Are you ready?

I'll whisper it.

spring cleaning

Oh, I know it isn't a dirty phrase to many, but in my world, it ranks right up there with "ironing" and "diet."

I guess I can't help but remember the spring cleaning of my grandmother's day.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Periodically over the past several years, amateur astronomers have brought to the public's attention the possibility of a collision between Earth and asteroids or comets, but in all of those cases such a collision has never occurred. The last significant event in recent history that has caused significant damage over land probably is Tunguska in 1907 when a meteor may have leveled a large area of Siberia creating a violent explosion. We discussed this mysterious explosion several years ago in this column.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lauren looked like she was having so much fun going through the boxes of old photos, recently. Like most any husband, it makes me happy when I see my wife smile.

She was looking at pictures of her late parents, pictures of herself and her siblings when they were young, other family photos, vacation pictures. There were literally hundreds of pictures she was going through.

Every now and then we get out some of the boxes of pictures that are stored here and there. It's neat to relive those happy memories.

I have a serious concern, though.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


My dad is traveling in China this week, so I'm taking over the column – and it's a good thing, too, because as a full-blooded Italian man, my dad knows little of what I'm about to say.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

It's close to midnight when the distant rumble of heavy equipment pulls me from a deep sleep. The throaty growl of the bulldozer comes closer, nudging me closer to the surface of wakefulness.

Did I fall asleep in a construction site? A fine-toothed pitchfork scratches its tines on my arm as the dozer clanks closer. Suddenly, it develops engine trouble. It sputters, snorts and sneezes.


Groggy, I reach out to steady myself and feel soft, silky fur. The roar of the bulldozer settles into a loud ... purr.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

So I get this email that tells me March 8 is International Women's Day and that I am to celebrate my strong, independent, confident, beautiful self.

(Snort laugh. Yeah. That's me. Not.)

Evidently this Toronto author, Caird Urquhart, is providing all the answers to help me feel beautiful, confident, independent and strong in her new self-help, self-empowerment book, "30 Ways to Better Days: How To Rally After You've Been Dumped."

Saturday, March 10, 2012


As you are reading this, (God willing) I'm in Beijing. Along with a Chinese colleague on my university's faculty, I'm leading 32 students on a short-term study tour of China over Spring Break. In a breathless 10 days we'll also do Xi'an, where the famous clay warriors reside, and Shanghai, one of China's showcase cities.