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  • My 'Crazy Good Wonderful Life' Part 2

    If you have known me for any extended period of time, you would have heard me talk about a friend of mine named Papi at least once. He is one of the b ...
    July 3, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • Ty's Take: Yes, Newton, there is a ‘Santa Claus’

    If you can’t tell by now, I’m slightly — maybe extremely — competitive.My competitiveness is present ...
    July 2, 2014 - 11:53 am
  • Happy Birthday, America

    Celebrating the Fourth of July brings family, friends and neighbors together for backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic parades. It’s also the ...
    July 2, 2014 - 11:26 am
  • Charter schools, common core and the corporate coup in education

    Although the recent court decision striking down tenure for public school teachers has been viewed from many angles on op-ed pages, as Mark Palko poin ...
    July 1, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Raining on my own parade

    I don’t like umbrellas and I don’t use umbrellas. I’ll take it another step further. I don’t like or trust people that use or carry umbrellas.
    July 1, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Liberal Arts

    At first glance I thought the email was a crank, some weirdo in a foreign country wanting money. The grammar was terrible, there were misspellings, an ...
    June 30, 2014 - 11:18 am
  • Q&A on Checks and Balances

    Q: What’s significant about the recent ruling on the President’s use of recess appointments?A: The U ...
    July 1, 2014 - 12:11 pm
  • Another one bites the dust

    Part 2In my last column, which has been a few weeks ago now, I let you all know about the tragic inc ...
    June 27, 2014 - 11:22 am
  • Wanderlust

    I’ve been mainlining “House Hunters International.”A steady shot straight to the gut of what my life ...
    June 27, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • A day with the ballpark fryers is heaven

    When I go to the softball field, I’m the designated fryer. At the concession stand, I keep the parents, players and patrons fed with their little leag ...
    June 26, 2014 - 11:17 am
  • Friends, family, football

    On Saturday, I spent the day at the Newton Kart Klub. It’s an amazing facility, but the one thing that I loved experiencing at the track was the famil ...
    June 26, 2014 - 11:16 am
  • Going to college? Ask this!

    Students heading off to college for the first time or even to a new campus as a transfer are always full of questions. As an academic adviser at my un ...
    June 26, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Volunteering can lead to many opportunities, some 'cooler' than others

    A few weeks ago, I spoke on my affection for public speaking. Something else I’ve really come to enjoy, and want to do more of, is volunteering. Howev ...
    June 25, 2014 - 12:05 pm
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