Today's News

  • Comedy at the Office

    By Dick Frank

    On July 23 1829, William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter. The typewriter as we know it, came into being after further development. Even though the typewriter is now history, there are some interesting stories about those who pounded on the keys.

    In the early days, the girl who operated the typewriter was also called a typewriter. “I say, Tom,” said the young business man to his friend, “Where do you buy your typewriter ribbons?”

  • The Secret to a Happier, Healthier Life

    Ever wonder what tai chi is all about? This ancient Chinese practice has proven to be one of the most powerful ways to improve both your physical and mental health.

  • How Long Will You Live?

    By Bill Koch


    Several years ago, while at the gym, I used to talk to a man in his 80s. He was remarkable, insightful and genuine.

    You could say he was young at heart and mind. He seemed to be always contemplating new ideas, willing to examine new phenomenon and open to new experiences.

    He was a delight.

    One day, he stopped going to the gym. We had heard he had contracted a lethal form of cancer and had died within two weeks.

  • The Oldest Profession Just Keeps Getting Older

    The 40th president of the United States may have aptly described American politics: “It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession,” Ronald Reagan said. “I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

    The election cycles of the 21st century have provided us with a very soiled view into the current American psyche.

    While Reagan’s observation may be correct as Americans take delight in lambasting politicians and the press, a darker reality appears to becoming increasingly apparent.

  • Managing the Newspaper World

    You may love your local newspaper.

    It hopefully serves as a valuable source of information, entertainment, insight and current events, all in one.

    You may even have something of an intellectual relationship with your newspaper. But like any relationship, sometimes, for a few, unrealized expectations or differing priorities may sour that bond for a time. And as with any relationship, misunderstandings can lead to disappointment or disillusionment, which often arise from certain assumptions or longing for the “old ways.”

  • Just Shut Up! I Don’t Want to Know

    A fellow at the gym asked me how I was doing. I said fine.

    I courteously asked him how he was doing. He asked if I really wanted to know.

    I said no.

    We were both partially honest. I really didn’t want to know how he was doing. And he me.

    Did he have leg pains? Were his kids OK? Was he paying his bills? Was he happy? Was he healthy?

    The only reason why I remember him is because I’m writing this column about our exchange.

    We do this so often. “Hey, how are you doing?”

  • Perception isn’t Reality!

    By Bill Koch

    Top cops like to tout their professional perspective on life: Perception is reality, they cynically say. That means that something is true (or factual) because it appears that way. It is, after all, the only method they have to gauge life’s veracity.

    That may work for them, since their job is to capture bad guys, and most bad guys have a tendency to look bad.

    Politicians, on the other hand, often view life through different prisms. Perception merely affords them the opportunity to shape reality to win the next election.

  • Two Tired to Ride a Bike

    By Dick Frank

    Today is National Bike to Work Day, right in the middle of National Bike to Work Week. Even if you are retired get out on a bicycle. If you don’t have one you can rent from a bicycle shop on the greenway and enjoy paved and dirt trials away from all the traffic and noise. If you can’t bicycle anymore, just ride down Pun Alley for a little humor.

    Up and down

  • Filling the Empty Spaces

    By Bill Koch


    How do you define or describe empty spaces? What are they really? Yet our lives are filled with them. And we rarely take the time to contemplate the empty spaces of our lives.

    We strive, nonetheless, to keep our empty spaces filled. With something. With someone. An idea. A compulsion. A family. A vision. A comfortable preoccupation. A tender distraction.

    Often, we fill our spaces with activity. We keep moving, going here and there, doing this and doing that.

  • ‘Grim Reaper’ Clouds Upcoming Olympic Games

    By John Preston

    The Tokyo Olympics are still 13 months away, but nothing like 13 months could ever stop The Grim Reaper.  The Reaper lives for the moment controversy rears its ugly head. GR is never satisfied when things appear to run smoothly, when plans seem to work, when people are about to smile.  The Grimster prefers to scowl and growl, sometimes howl! Grim does manage to grin when it wreaks havoc, creates trouble, and helps build throbbing, agonizing headaches for others. Chaos is the ultimate goal.