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Young lady's help makes me feel old

November 22, 2015 I am old. I mean, I know I’m old. I’m 50, and I have waxed nostalgic in this column about turning the big 5-0 plenty. more »»

Spelling tests dad's patience

October 27, 2015 Words. I get paid to read them and put them on a page, and in this case, I get to form them into sentences to make you laugh. more »»

Real stupidity is never learning a valuable lesson

September 27, 2015 I find myself much more reflective now that I’ve been 50 for these — what — past 3¢ months, which can be quite a dangerous thing when you have my mind and a monthly column. more »»

The worries never end

August 23, 2015 With my 12-year anniversary at the Mirror just days away, I can’t help but feel ... religious. more »»

Hall of Fame induction almost like bowl of cherries

July 31, 2015 As of this moment, you are reading a column by a Hall of Famer. more »»

An apetite for surprise

June 28, 2015 At the age of 50, and having just celebrated my 21st wedding anniversary earlier this month, I can say this without any regret: I am borin. more »»

Thought of being outside unbearable

June 13, 2015 Even though we’re still in May, I have been outside way more than I would ever desire to be in my lifetime because of the nice weather. more »»

Covert operations at the Francos

April 26, 2015 With my twin boys turning 12 in just weeks, they have approached an age where my wife, Ann Marie, and I will start to question them about certain thing. more »»

Son spares mom from Lenten trouble

March 21, 2015 My mother says that she always enjoys when I come to visit because I make her laugh. But I would like to think that she returns the favor, too, and without even knowing it sometimes. more »»

Selling hoagies a dangerous job

February 24, 2015 There are very few times when this column comes off as an advice piece, but this time, it will ä Do not help your kids when it comes to a hoagie sale! OK, technically, I am not against hoagies (and... more »»

I'm lone wolf in house that admires animals

January 25, 2015 I will never be mistaken for St. Francis of Assisi when it comes to animals, but I must also point out that no one from the humane society will ever confuse me with Michael Vick, either. more »»

Mom provides holiday gift at right time

January 5, 2015 Because it is the season, I wanted to tell all of you about the gift my mother got me for Christmas. But it wasn’t something that was wrapped and put in front of a tree. more »»

Wife anything but fanatical over obsession with sports

November 23, 2014 At some point this Thursday, most of us will be saying what we are thankful for this time of the year, and yours truly is no differen. more »»

Television viewing parties can turn into family battle

October 26, 2014 Television viewing at my house is always an adventure, especially for those who have been there from the beginning, mainly my two daughters, Maggie and Julianna. more »»

Close the windows, he’s disciplining kids his way

September 28, 2014 A wonderful lady whom I worked with for 15 years in Lewistown once gave me a terrific piece of advice: If you keep your ears open and just listen sometimes, you’d be amazed at what you can learn. more »»

Love of music, singing never ages as I get older

August 24, 2014 Even though I am pushing 50, there is still a part of me that refuses to grow up. more »»

Confession differs between 2 faiths

July 26, 2014 There are three things that I’ve been told over time that can guarantee the start of a good argument: sex, politics or religion. Let’s go to church on this one. more »»

The son also rises, and talks quite a lot, too!

June 29, 2014 Coaching a 10-year-old in any sport can be challenging. more »»

Still working toward a proper introduction

May 24, 2014 I really need to learn how to say hello. Or another way to start this off is by saying that I’ve got to stop putting myself in really awkward situations. more »»

Being funny can be a hard job

April 27, 2014 Everyone is here for a reason, and I will argue until the day I die that my No. 1 purpose in life has been, and will always be, to make people laugh. more »»

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