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Saturday, December 10, 2011

When I attended public high school in Canada, it was expected that everyone in an academic or science curriculum would learn Latin.

As could be expected, we students hated the thought of another language class. Why should be learn a dead language? We were already forced to take French and English, so Latin would be a third useless language in the opinion of my new classmates. Imagine our surprise when our first Latin class consisted solely of learning a 2000-year-old Roman Legionnaires song that was sung as a round, Dona Nobis Pacem.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

So, are you all done Christmas shopping?

Yeah. Me either. To date, I've purchased four gifts. Three of them I bought online, something I would never have dreamed of doing last year.

By now you know that when it comes to technology and all this modern stuff, I'm a Lindasaurous. But, they just might be on to something with this online shopping thing.

Don't get me wrong. I love to shop. Unfortunately, my feet don't. Between heel spurs and bunions, by the time I walk from where I'm parked to the door, it feels like I was on a three-day hike on top of the Rocky Mountains.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

For years I've pondered a mystery that plagues me more as each year passes: Why does time fly by faster when we're older?

Common sense tells us it doesn't. Everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day, regardless of age. But in reality, that doesn't appear to be true.

When I was a kid in Algebra class, the 45-minute period lasted at least a week and a half. I was sure the seconds of the clock never moved and time was frozen in place.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

JIM:

My wife and I recently met with our lawyer to update our wills. This, by the way, is a good idea for everyone. Remember the guy with the hit record of a graduation speech that began and ended, "Whatever you do, use sun block"? Let me paraphrase him: "Whatever you do, make a will." According to a 2010 Forbes Magazine survey, 65 percent of American adults don't have one. And if you don't have one, you probably won't take this advice either.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

This week the European economy tanked. For decades Europe has been a socialist playground, touting the easy life for the citizens of the European Economic Community. In the last few months, it became apparent that the excesses of the past have caught up with some of the countries in the Eurozone. Financial analysts refer to these countries as PIIGS, an acronym for Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain. These economies are in a shambles with Greece being in the worst shape. This week the Federal Reserve acted to prop up their economies by swapping good dollars for bad Euros.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

JIM:

Saturday, December 3, 2011

This column won't be for everyone, but if you wondered about ghosts and whether they truly exist, I want to share my first hand experience after 14 years of searching for your consideration.

Finally I have seen a true phantom as solid as the newspaper you are reading at least for a few seconds and I was not alone when it occurred. A friend was with me and saw the specter from a different angle and we have described it to each other on tape. If you don't believe, then you probably will want to stop now, otherwise join me because I want to share with you this event.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Although I like Rep Jerry Knowles personally, I'm not happy that Summit Hill is being moved out of the 122nd Legislative District into his district. For whatever reasons being given, the move just doesn't make any sense.

1. Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to go to the bathroom.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

On Thanksgiving, we sat around the table and played Pictionary. We had the best time. I laughed so hard and so much my stomach hurt. At one point I almost didn't make it to the bathroom in time. Sometimes I laughed until I cried.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

How much power do we have to determine our own happiness?

That's an interesting question I've been debating with people for quite some time.

Some say happiness is determined by what happens in your life.

I'm among those who believe that's not exactly true. Happiness is determined by how you respond to what happens in your life.

Attitude probably has more to do with happiness than does circumstance.

That point was again driven home to me this week when I visited my friend Fern.