Room at the table

By John Marlowe I’ve been contemplating Thanksgivings past, and I keep wondering where we put everyone. It wasn’t uncommon for us to go over the river and through the woods to various family houses for Christmas, but I only recall a few Thanksgivings that we didn’t spend at home. Our house just wasn’t that big.…

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It’s beginning to bug me

By John Marlowe What goes “ninety-nine, clomp; ninety-nine, clomp”? A centipede with a wooden leg! This old chestnut was my introduction to entomology. Entomology is the study of insects. Frequently, the word entomology is confused with the word etymology, which is the study of word origins. In part, this explains why we have spelling bees.…

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Don’t lose head over supply chain woes

By John Marlowe I keep hearing how bad shopping for Christmas toys is going to be this year. It seems the supply chain is backed up. Consider that a good thing. The reason toys are in short supply is not only because the toys can’t get here, it’s because kids really don’t want toys in…

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My favorite Halloween . . . ever!

By John Marlowe Have you ever noticed how we are frightened by things that never frighten other people? Vice versa, too. For instance, I’m not really bothered by public speaking, whereas most of my friends would rather undergo a prostatectomy with hedge clippers. That’s the way I feel about Halloween. I don’t ever recall being…

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2BR, 1BA, very quiet neighborhood

By John Marlowe On Page 13 of a home improvement magazine, I came across an article featuring those “tiny” houses that are becoming popular. The article featured lots of photographs of the homes, which are often no larger than a backyard tool shed. Some of the designs amazed me. One tiny house had a loft,…

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Lost sock seeking sole mate

By John Marlowe FIBER ALERT! One gray and white argyle sock. Male. Mid-calf, approximate size 10-13. Previous known whereabouts: on foot – right foot to be precise. Last seen entering a 1987, white, top-loading, Whirlpool washing machine, with several other unsavory characters. Subject believed to be in danger. Foul, very foul, play is suspected. Family…

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