Strange But True

• It was Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century, who made the following sage observation: “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” • Snakes are sometimes born with two heads, but they don’t survive long. It […]

Real work doesn’t sit behind desk

Darwin Cooper looked out at a crowd of several hundred fellow retired autoworkers in Youngstown, Ohio, and started shooting questions. “How many of you have had surgery for carpal tunnel?” he shouted into the microphone. More than 50 men and women stood up. “How many of you have had knee replacements?” Another 60 or so rose from their seats. “How […]


Why Pelosi wants to stay

WASHINGTON House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calmly assessing the political cyclone that routed her Democratic majority and will, at least temporarily, force her to vacate one of the best offices in the city, with its inspirational view of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. She keeps coming back to the courage of her colleagues who cast hard votes that […]

How’s my texting?

“My Car Is Smarter Than Your Honor Student.” Expect to see that bumper sticker all over the place just as soon as Google puts the finishing touches on its new, self-driving Toyota Prius. Yes, the Googlies are working on a car that can sense the road, figure out the speed limit and watch out for hazards better than a human, […]

Obama’s trip to Indonesia important for American interests

Barack Hussein Obama, the mixed-race president born in Hawaii, partly educated in Indonesia — defender of a controversial Islamic center near ground zero in Manhattan — is tentatively scheduled to visit Jakarta’s Masjid Istiqlal, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Mercifully, the American elections are over. The timing lets Obama pursue U.S. foreign policy without overworry that the mosque visit […]

Battery replacement is easier if left to the pros

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: We have a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van. Is it OK to buy and replace the original battery ourselves? Or is this a job for the professionals? We just bought and replaced the battery in our 5-year-old John Deere lawn tractor with no problem, so I am thinking we could do this ourselves, too. My […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This year, instead of jumping into the whole holiday prep scene, move in a little at a time. You’ll appreciate the sense of control you’re more likely to enjoy. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The separation between the Bovine’s head and heart is never as far apart as it seems. Both senses work […]


RECAPS – 11/8-11/12 ALL MY CHILDREN Æ Ryan and Greenlee left Pine Valley to find Pearson. Zach helped Ryan and Greenlee get to the island. Ryan told Greenlee they’d never be apart again. Asher vowed to make Caleb’s life hell. Erica advised Caleb not to give up on Asher. JR told Annie that things wouldn’t always be so hard between […]

Now here’s a tip

• The next time you order extra pickles or condiments with your take-out order, save and wash the small containers with lids that they come in. They are fantastic for keeping all sorts of things: extra buttons in a sewing box; spices; diff erent size pins, nails or office supplies; even craft supplies. • Keep a can or shaker of […]

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