Opinion

In the 2007 comedy “Knocked Up,” a young woman (played by Katherine Heigl) ends up pregnant after an inebriated one-night stand with an underachiever, played by Seth Rogan. Thankfully, the baby is born healthy, despite their lapse in judgment (and like all good romantic comedies, the pair fall in...

Don Newbury
When the prospect of military service popped up, I didn’t know the National Guard from a cattle guard.  Generally speaking, that’s still the case, despite my having “served” in the Texas Army National Guard for nine years, not too long after muskets had been cast aside in favor of more effective...
Hey Taylor - I’m trying to keep Halloween fun for my kids - 9 and 11 - and feel like I’m running out of ideas. All I can think of is buying an expensive costume and that’s the last thing I want to do for one night of trick or treating. Any ideas for a fun, cost-effective Halloween? - Marsha Hey...
I’m very proud of my Hispanic name Even though it doesn’t sound like Smith or Jones. I make no bones I’ll just keep it forever just the same Born into a family that worked the fields Gaining very little from its yields Being a witness in seeing my parents and grandparents. Bending their spirits and...
The cheetah is the fastest animal on earth with a top recorded speed of 75 mph; the black marlin is the speediest fish, zipping through the water at 82 mph; and neither can compare to how fast a falcon can dive -- 242 mph!  But for us humans, it looks like the number to shoot for when it comes to...

Toni King
Reader Alert: Effective October 1st, the new Medicare.gov Medicare plan finder was released. Navigating this site is not easy. Please take your time when searching a new Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan…Toni Toni, I turn 65 next March, and I’m overwhelmed by all of the mail I am getting...
In 1902, two Milwaukee women applied for a patent for a one-cup, mesh “tea-leaf holder.” Four years later, a U.S. tea importer began to send out samples in silk bags instead of tins. Folks plopped the whole thing into their teapot and loved the easy-brewing technique. Those two events are credited...
Although Will Rogers wittily asked for less blather and a lot more listening when he said, “never miss a good chance to shut up,” and Lao Tzu advocated silence as “a source of great strength,” there’s a serious downside to stifling the expression of your thoughts and feelings -- and the toll it...
Ever come across a situation--however minor--that activates curiosity? Responding to minutia I often uncovered in youthful years, my old mother often said, “It don’t amount to a hill of beans.” Such moments, insignificant as they may have been, are like puppy love. They matter to puppies, and to us...
Hey Taylor - I just had a baby and almost immediately started thinking about how I need life insurance. I haven’t really looked into it at all and was wondering if you had recommendations. - Gary Hey Gary - Congrats on the new baby! I’m sure this is an exciting and tiring time, so kudos to you for...

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