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The funny season

Traditionally speaking, Southern Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, spring, summer, winter and fall, but the dividing line between the four of them seems to be less distinct the past several years.

Dumpster diving 101

How many of us admit to the fine art of dumpster diving or going through other people’s refuse for hidden treasure.

Meet George Jetson

I got a kick out of the news coming out of the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month.

When meals attack

Reader’s Digest released a list of the worst foods you can eat, and gee, what a shock, I’ve “enjoyed” them all in the past several days.

Yo-yos and fiscal cliffs

I couldn’t help but identify with the opening lines of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Tale of Two Cities,” which reads, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” when looking back at 2012.

United in tragedy

I noticed two gentlemen of different colors, gazes fixed on the television in the breakfast room of the hotel I was staying in Sunday morning, heads shaking in mutual disbelief at the televised reports coming out of Newtown, Connecticut, scene of the latest school shooting.

Final ending to history’s mysteries?

History’s Mysteries was a documentary program that aired on the History Channel, but truth may be stranger than fiction judging by recent hysteria over the Mayan calendar and the alleged end of the world Dec. 21.

Christmas toys

The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys, an old axiom says, and that’s never more true than today.

The rush is on

One of my father’s favorite expressions back in the day when his sons were caught window-shopping still rings in my ears today.