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It’s the Daily Double!

True confessions: I’m a “Jeopardy!” addict. Maybe it stems from my role as a minor player on a state champion Knowledge Bowl team in high school, or maybe because I find comfort in Alex Trebek’s non-mustachioed face and condescending tone; I don’t know.

Hanging on to summer fun

“The pumpkins are coming, the pumpkins are coming” was the notice I got from a magazine to which I subscribe digitally. The message was meant to advertise their yearly front cover devoted to pumpkins as the sign that autumn has arrived. Generally this time of the year makes me want to dance.

Twelve days of The Simpsons

When I heard last week that someone was putting on a marathon of every episode of The Simpsons, I thought it was a joke. After being on television for 25 seasons, how long would it take to show all of them? It turns out, 12 days.

To the ones we love

Sometimes it’s to relatives, sometimes it’s to a particular cause or belief, and sometimes it’s to a job, but no matter the driving force, we all seem to find something worth our dedication.

They are even better live

I am a sucker for live music. I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than going to a concert. I’ll see everything from Beethoven to Bob Dylan, whether I care about the musician or not and no matter how early I have to get up the next morning. Probably 50 percent of the T-shirts I own were bought at merchandise tables before some show or other.

A special day

Recently I was privileged to get to go along with my little niece as she picked out the supplies she will take with her to the first grade. I, some might recall reading here, have a bit of thing for office and school supplies so this was a real treat for me. Or at least I thought it would be a treat.

Doodled out

Google’s founders famously started their search engine company with the slogan “Don’t be evil,” and in the intervening years they’ve involved themselves with countless humanitarian and socially fluffy causes to pretend they don’t milk $60 billion each year from us. And the public face of that motto has become the Goole Doodle, in which the company uses its minimal homepage to champion some cause or celebrate an anniversary by transmogrifying its logo in some cutesy way.

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The risks of writing

In the 19th century, because of advances in printing technology and growing literacy, the serial novel became an increasingly popular way to deliver written works to the masses.

Happy birthday, Julia

Julia Child would be 102 today were she still alive. If anyone reading this doesn’t know who I am talking about, that person should immediately go out and rent “Julie and Julia” and then be amazed. Of course, one could also just go to the local public television channel and watch the original episodes of Julia Child’s cooking programs. That would be enough to bring anyone who didn’t know who she was or why the world should take notice of her birthday up to speed.

The Wall

On Sunday, I wrote a Good Morning about historic events that happened in this week in years past. As I was talking to my father over the weekend, he asked if I remembered another historical anniversary — it is the one I’d never expect him to forget.

The art of the mix tape

One of my clearest early memories is of helping my sister make a mix tape. We made a new one every year for our summer vacation. I remember waiting, my finger on the “record” button of the tape deck, while my sister lined up the right track on the record player.

A battle of pastimes

This is always a tough time of year for me. As a sports fan, it should be heavenly — the beginning of football season overlapping with the final two months of the baseball regular season — but it’s not. It’s stressful.

This week in history

Last week was pretty exciting for me as both a journalist and a history buff. We commemorated both the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and remembered, 40 years ago, when President Richard Nixon resigned amid the Watergate scandal. It got me thinking, what happened in this upcoming week in years past. It turns out, quite a lot. Here is a list of some of the events that happened in this week in history.