4.28.17 Honor the Herb

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” – Emerson It’s time we admit it: we cannot kill the Lion’s Tooth. Every spring we carpet-bomb it with pendimethaline (the toxic ingredient in Scott’s Halts), hose it down with 2,4-D (Weed-B-Gon), and even go on search-and-destroy missions armed with glyphosphate (Roundup). But […]

12.14.12 Donder Wonder

C’mon, admit it, you’ve always wondered about Donner. All the other reindeer names make sense. Dasher dashes, Dancer dances, Prancer prances. Cupid and Vixen probably hang out together in the off-season. Comet is clearly the fastest one. And Blitzen is the German one that sparkles like lightning. But Donner? Something’s up with that one. And […]

11.30.12 Season of Giving

The Season of Giving is well under way. New Jersey native John Turner runs a water removal business in Chicago. Recently, after seeing the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, he loaded his gear into his van and drove 14 hours to the Jersey Shore. While working some paid jobs, Turner provided free help to some of […]

11.16.12 *

Behold the power of the asterisk. There’s a product out there whose benefits can hardly be believed: Citicoline improves brain function.* Phenyalanine enhances alertness.* Taurine helps maintain the integrity of cell membranes.* Glucuronolactone has been shown to reduce sleepiness.* Caffeine provides a boost of energy and feeling of heightened alertness.* Wow, those are some pretty […]

11.9.12 Tax Dodge

As soon as the election returns were counted and the winners announced, the revenue argument began. Some said there was a new mandate to raise taxes, others said not. But there was one thing that the President of the United States, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate Majority Leader all agreed was immediately […]

10.26.12 Bravo Zulu

Sometimes help arrives when it’s least expected, and when it’s most deserved. Take, for example, the situation facing several dozen elderly travelers slowly working their way through Baltimore-Washington airport. The group was comprised of 67 World War II veterans and their spouses who had flown in to tour the nation’s capital. They had walked through […]

10.12.12 A Maze Ing

One of the great things about the Internet is that marketing claims just don’t have to be defensible. For example, just google up the phrase, “world’s largest corn maze.” It is definitely at Adventure Acres, right outside of Dayton, Ohio; it says so right on their website. It’s actually 5 different mazes all mashed together, […]