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Banished words: A New Year’s tradition

What words make you cringe when you hear them? Are there some words that you could go without ever hearing again? Lake Superior State University recently released its annual “banished words list” and has been doing so since 1976. What began as a silly publicity stunt for the little-known school has since turned into a New Year’s Day tradition. According …

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Birthday Reflections

Birthdays! Some of us love them and will dedicate an entire week to celebrating the special day, while others hope and prefer that it just go unnoticed and treat it just like “any other day.” In any event, I hope that everyone at least has cake, pie, ice cream, cookies, or whatever you enjoy on your special day. If not, …

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If it tastes good, eat it …

“And I’ve brought some corn for popping”: This time of year is bad for my waistline. Like many others, I tend to eat a tad bit more around the holidays. Well, to be honest, I consume a little bit more than a tad! But most of my eating does not happen at home, but rather at the office. Aside from …

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We can’t go back, but we can go forward

Twenty years ago I graduated from Constantine High School. It does not nearly seem possible that 20 years have gone by. But at the same time, it feels like a lifetime ago and in many respects it was. When I walked across that stage to receive my diploma, I had no idea what was ahead for me. I could not …

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Planning for life after lottery

Brilliant. That is the only word I have to describe the feat that Andy Ashkar pulled off when he won $5 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket six years ago in Syracuse, N.Y. In 2006, Andy bought a “$500,000,000 Extravaganza” scratch-off ticket at his parents’ convenience store, the “Green Ale Market.” The ticket was sold to Andy by his father …

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Cabrera deserves spotlight

Miguel Cabrera has been hailed as the best player in the game of baseball right now. In fact, some are saying the slugger is the best in baseball period. Ever. That assumption is a little premature. Cabrera is only 29 years old, and no one knows what the future holds for this current one-man wrecking crew. For now, though, I …

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