Ovation: Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment.

Long before the days of identity theft and privacy regulations, I used to live in constant fear of losing my wallet.  I didn’t c..

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Ovation: Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment.

04/16/2014 14:48:58 PM

Long before the days of identity theft and privacy regulations, I used to live in constant fear of losing my wallet.  I didn’t carry much but, like most everyone that I knew I carried my driver’s license, some cash, a department store credit car

Diatribe: Marijuana Vending Machines.

04/15/2014 12:11:42 PM

Back in my younger years, cigarettes used to be sold from vending machines in just about any place you could imagine.  A cigarette machine could be found at the entrance to almost every restaurant, bar, filling station and bowling alley.  Looking b

Ovation: Collabro.

04/14/2014 13:04:44 PM

There are Boy Bands, boy bands, “boy bands” and then there is Collabro who, after only one month, auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent.  Enjoy. ————————————R

Diatribe Revisited: Priscilla’s Big Fat American Gypsy (Arranged) Wedding On Television.

04/13/2014 05:00:34 AM

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Ovation Revisited: PAWS Chicago.

04/12/2014 05:00:22 AM

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Diatribe Revisited: Is Jack-In-The-Box’s ‘Marry The Bacon’ Campaign Offensive To Those Fighting For Marriage Equality?

04/11/2014 05:00:45 AM

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Ovation Revisited: Made By Brad.

04/10/2014 05:00:21 AM

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Diatribe Revisited: “Dance Moms” Abby Lee Miller Is Despicable.

04/09/2014 05:00:28 AM

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Ovation Revisited: Freshneck – The “Netflix For Neck Ties”.

04/08/2014 05:00:55 AM

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Diatribe Revisited: “Family Stickers” On Your Mini Van Are A Very Bad Idea

04/07/2014 05:00:52 AM

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Ovation Revisited: “Star Wars” Flash Mob”

04/06/2014 05:00:41 AM

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Diatribe Revisited: Return of the Word Police / Nicki Minaj, You’re Under Arrest.

04/05/2014 05:00:25 AM

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Ovation: Why I Now Love Graham Crackers More Than Ever.

04/04/2014 05:00:21 AM

Early last month, Honey Maid launched an ad campaign that shows real-life modern families in all their diverse glory, from gay and multiracial to rock & roll, and features the slogan “Everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family”. “

Diatribe: It’s Not Beyoncé’s Fault If Her Fans Step On You.

04/03/2014 05:00:30 AM

I had a fantastic time at a big arena concert earlier this week.  We arrived early enough to park and avoid long lines at the entrance to the venue, where security guards were checking the contents of all the purses and bags that the ladies were car

Ovation: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.

04/02/2014 12:19:06 PM

For a time when I was in high school, I took a turn packing lunches for my siblings and I to carry to school.  After our mother did the grocery shopping, I would form a little assembly line the evening before my lunches were due and work methodicall

Diatribe: Attaching The Wrong File To An Email Is One Thing …

04/01/2014 13:11:29 PM

Those of us over a certain age remember that people in the business world had to learn how to fold letters and other correspondence so that they would fit properly into an envelope.  There were rules that varied depending upon the size of the envelo

Ovation: Johnny Depp Wears An Engagement Ring.

03/31/2014 14:52:49 PM

I’m a sucker for a good marriage proposal.  I love to see the videos online of elaborately planned song-and-dance numbers that involve friends and relatives who all conspire to surprise the bride-to-be just as much as I enjoy a simple heartfel

Diatribe: “Noah” – Fact, Fiction or Faith … It’s Still Just A Movie.

03/28/2014 05:00:49 AM

I remember when the first Harry Potter movie came out there were actually people picketing in front of movie theaters with signs urging parents to keep their children from seeing the movie.  The ever overzealous, extreme, and extremely vocal, Christ

Ovation: Brass House From Too Many Zooz.

03/27/2014 11:41:28 AM

Back in my marching band days, and even through my years performing with a college orchestra, I would often seek out empty hallways and bathrooms to practice and warm up before rehearsals and concerts.  The acoustics in the hallways of an old school

Diatribe: Razor Blades Glued To Playground Equipment.

03/26/2014 05:00:40 AM

When I was a kid playgrounds were so much simpler than they are today.  Most had a slide, three or four swings and, usually, something to climb on.  At my grade school there were several sturdy sets of swings on long chains, a very high aluminum sl

Ovation: Mark Cuban Thinks The NFL is Getting Greedy And I Agree.

03/25/2014 05:00:22 AM

I’ve never been a big fan of Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theatres, but when it comes to his recent remarks about the National Football League, I’m in complete agreement.  The self-made gazzillionaire, author an

Diatribe: Michael Smith’s 9 mm Pistol Tattoo.

03/24/2014 10:53:15 AM

Last Tuesday, Michael Smith of Norridgewock, Maine, who works the nightshift was woken at 10:00 a.m. by workers contracted by Central Maine Power to clear trees near power lines on his property.  Smith, shirtless, opened his front door to tell the w

Ovation: Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y. Video.

03/23/2014 05:00:49 AM

Lady Gaga premiered her latest video last night, G.U.Y., which stands for ‘Girl Under You’.  It features the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and the Hearst Mansion.  And lots of male models.  Enjoy.  “G.U.Y.” [Intro:] G

Diatribe: Johnny Weir’s Media Circus Divorce.

03/22/2014 15:51:53 PM

Divorce is never easy.  While it’s a difficult time, and often for the best, it should always be a personal matter.  Sadly, celebrity divorces often become fodder for paparazzi and tabloid reporters, gossip websites and other famewhores. Figure s

Ovation: The Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir Is HAPPY!

03/21/2014 05:00:05 AM

When our kids were in elementary and middle school had to participate in an annual Christmas program.  It was, essentially, a concert that included many traditional songs and church hymns set to various stories with the intention of engaging the stu

Diatribe: Road Crews That Leave Signs Behind Can Cause More Damage Than Potholes.

03/20/2014 05:00:25 AM

This winter has been rough on the roads.  I don’t mean it’s been a rough winter driving on the roads but the actual roads themselves appear to have suffered quite a bit of damage.  Perhaps we a Polar Vortex is to blame or, maybe, the fault lies

Ovation: Ray Niedzwiecki Bowls A Perfect 300 At 81.

03/19/2014 05:00:54 AM

I used to be really into bowling.  It can be a lot of fun if you have the right attitude.  It’s something to do while you drink a few beers, share some snacks and have laughs with friends on a Saturday night without investing a lot of time or mon

Diatribe: Skippy’s Bloody Otter Rampage.

03/18/2014 05:00:46 AM

How about this weather.  Last week, it was eighty-one degrees on Tuesday afternoon and then we had snow on the ground on Thursday morning.  On Saturday, everyone was outside in t-shirts and shorts doing yard work then yesterday, St. Patrick’s Day

Ovation: St. Patrick’s Day Trivia.

03/17/2014 05:00:56 AM

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  No matter how you celebrate … around the water cooler, with green beer at happy hour or over a meal of Bangers & Mash, a little bit of St. Patrick’s Day trivia knowledge can keep a conversation going.  En

Diatribe: After More Than 40 Years, Bob Mackie Parts Ways With Cher.

03/16/2014 05:00:19 AM

About ten years ago I was fortunate enough to see the legendary Cher perform in Living Proof: The Farewell Tour.  It was the artist’s seventh concert tour to promote her twenty-fourth studio album, Living Proof, and was expected to be her last tou

Ovation: The Five-Second Rule Proves To Be True!

03/15/2014 05:00:02 AM

We’ve all done it.  We’ve dropped a piece of food on the floor, quickly picked it up, looked around to see if anyone had noticed, brushed it off and ate it anyway.  The five-second rule, a bit of folklore that says any dropped food dropped will

Diatribe: Judge Rules That Fathers Have No Legal Right To Be Present At The Birth Of Their Children.

03/14/2014 05:00:02 AM

I was invited to be in the delivery room with my sister and her husband when my oldest niece was born.  It was an unbelievable experience and the fact that they chose to share it with me made me feel loved in a way that I had never felt before.  I

Ovation: Candy Crush Saga Wins Big $7.6 Billion IPO.

03/13/2014 05:00:27 AM

A few months ago, I received an invitation from a friend to try a new game called Candy Crush Saga.  She sent me a link on my smart phone, the game was easily installed, and I found the game to be a clever and somewhat entertaining method by which I

Diatribe: Injecting Stuff Into Your Arms To Get Freakishly Large Biceps Is Kinda Gross.

03/12/2014 05:00:20 AM

I remember when men lifted weights to be strong.  Or, possibly, to be more physically fit, but not to be more attractive.  Today it seems that young men are obsessed with having six-pack abs and thin, hairless physiques.  Many spend countless hour

Ovation: GUEST POST – WWE’s Gone Netflix On Me.

03/11/2014 05:00:32 AM

Those who know me know that I am a big professional wrestling fan. I understand that it may not appeal to everyone, which is totally understandable. Some may find it too silly or maybe even too violent but those are just a couple of things that have

Diatribe: Sbarro Pizza Files For Bankruptcy Protection … Again.

03/10/2014 10:02:05 AM

Many years ago I worked in a downtown office building that was off the beaten path.  It was several blocks from the busier part of the city and, consequently, there was no place to run out for a quick lunch.  If my office mates and I didn’t bring

Ovation: Daylight Savings Time.

03/09/2014 05:00:36 AM

Daylight Savings Time started this morning.  There are many who think the practice of changing our clocks should be done away with.  In fact there proposed laws working their way through legislation in a couple of states in the U.S. that would keep

Diatribe: Windshield Overspray.

03/08/2014 05:00:13 AM

I got my car washed today.  After a week of terrible weather that included an ice storm that kept me off the roads for two days and three subsequent days of driving on roads that were saturated with salt and brine, my car was absolutely filthy.  Of

Ovation: Queen & Adam Lambert Announce North American Summer Tour.

03/07/2014 05:00:51 AM

Singer Adam Lambert, who rose to fame when he appeared on season eight of American Idol and  made history in May 2012 by becoming the first openly gay vocalist to have an album debut at number one on the Billboard album charts, announced yesterday m

Diatribe: Don’t Beat Up Your Sister Because She Wants The Toilet Seat Down.

03/06/2014 05:00:03 AM

I don’t think anyone ever really WANTS to live with a roommate.  Sharing expenses is usually done out of necessity rather than for companionship or to avoid loneliness.  It’s probably safe to say that living alone is generally preferable to hav

Ovation: It’s Never Too Late For Proof Reading.

03/05/2014 05:00:26 AM

When I was in high school, I was an assistant editor for the school newspaper.  I had several responsibilities including helping with the layout of each issue and writing “filler” articles but my function was primarily that of “proof reader”

Diatribe: Yik Yak.

03/04/2014 05:00:45 AM

There’s something wrong with the method by which age-restricted mobile phone apps are distributed and monitored.  Most apps, particularly those that are free, require nothing more than an iTunes account, corresponding password and the honor system

Ovation: I Want You To Be Happy Day.

03/03/2014 05:00:02 AM

I can certainly be selfish and self-centered sometimes.  I try not to be, but sometimes I want my dinner served before the people at the next table, I hope that my number gets called first at the deli and I really need the driver in front of me to m

Diatribe: How Clean Can A Cat Café Really Be?

03/02/2014 09:41:11 AM

We enjoy having friends over for dinner.  Planning a Saturday evening meal gives me something to look forward to throughout the week and it’s always fun to use the “good china”.  One couple has hosted us at their house but we haven’t been a

Ovation: Because Of Continued Ban Of LGBT Adults, Walt Disney World Pulls Support From Boy Scouts Of America.

03/01/2014 05:00:32 AM

The last place that I worked had a program that encouraged employees to donate to charity by matching, to a limit, any monetary donations up to a certain dollar amount.  They would also donate cash if we volunteered for a certain amount of time for

Diatribe: Paula Deen Could Still Choose Her Words More Carefully. (Unless She Really Does Feel Like A Black Gay Football Player.)

02/28/2014 05:00:24 AM

I think most reasonable people, when they’ve done something even remotely embarrassing make an effort to divert attention away from themselves until a sufficient amount of time goes by and people have more or less forgotten about the particular tra

Ovation: Ben & Jerry’s New Core Ice Cream Flavors.

02/27/2014 05:00:21 AM

One of my grandmothers had a bit of a reputation for keeping ice cream on hand.  I remember she always had something in her freezer for my siblings and I to snack on when we would spend the night.  She was a wonderful baker but ice cream was a big

Diatribe: A Day As Bad As Yesterday Requires An Octo-Rant.

02/26/2014 13:01:08 PM

Some days it can be difficult to find something to complain about.  Sadly, these days don’t happen very often since there’s always traffic and politics but there are certainly good days.  Yesterday was not one of them.  There was so much fooli

Ovation: Cardless ATMs & Virtual Tellers.

02/25/2014 05:00:13 AM

Because we charged a couple gifts at Target during Christmastime, our credit card company sent us new cards with new numbers.  Better safe than sorry, I suppose, since there was such a big security breach with account numbers and PIN numbers and all

Diatribe: The Lack Of Clarity Regarding Smoking Bans And E-Cigarettes.

02/24/2014 05:00:52 AM

I sometimes joke that “It’s easy to quit smoking … I’ve done it lots of times.” Anyone who has ever tried to kick the habit understands that it can be a very difficult addiction to overcome.  In fact, there’s an entire industry devoted t

Ovation: The Return Of Dave Lacey’s Camera Filled With Memories.

02/23/2014 05:00:26 AM

I used to take a lot more pictures.  I used to be the one in the gang who brought a camera to every party to snap shots of the silly things that my family and friends would do.  I would stock up on 35mm film when it was on sale and store it in the

Diatribe: Why You Shouldn’t Use A Forklift To Get A Twix From A Vending Machine.

02/22/2014 05:00:17 AM

Many years ago I worked in an office building that had a relatively nice “break room” that included several vending machines.  They were, generally, well-maintained, in good working order and kept fully stocked.  In one machine every item was t

Ovation: Danielle Lei Cleverly Courts Cannabis Clinic Cookie Customers.

02/21/2014 05:00:10 AM

Nobody has tried to sell me any Girl Scout cookies this year.  I usually buy a few boxes from the boss’s daughter because I figure it kills two birds with one stone … it gets me brownie points with the boss and it gets me cookies.  I’m a suck

Diatribe: The Boy Who Was Shot Because An Officer Thought The Wii Controller In His Hand Was A Gun.

02/20/2014 05:00:26 AM

The concept of “shoot first and ask questions later” seems to be a quite popular nowadays.  With nationwide debate about Stand Your Ground laws, concealed weapons and gun control making headlines almost every day, it’s become all too commonpla

Ovation: The City of Oslo Begins Recycling Food Waste Into Biofuel To Run Its Buses.

02/19/2014 05:00:39 AM

A couple of years ago, a local gardener asked us if he could have some of our horses’ manure to spread as compost on his heirloom tomato garden.  Of course, we obliged.  He brought a large bin to our barn and we sifted through our stalls as we cl

Diatribe: Failure To Return “Monster-In-Law” In 2005 Results In A Night In Jail In 2014.

02/18/2014 05:00:37 AM

On a recent episode of ABC’s 1980s sitcom The Goldbergs (Season 1, Episode 13), father Murray takes younger son Adam to the local video store where the clerk won’t let them rent a movie until they pay a late fee for a video he claims they had ren

Ovation: The World Needs More Tinney Davidsons – More Little Old Ladies Who Wave.

02/17/2014 05:00:05 AM

As a youngster, I lived in a house that was two doors down from the high school.  It was up a rather steep hill and there was a large parking lot between my neighbor’s house and the school itself and, with the exception of school property, the nei

Diatribe: Fabricating Bigotry And Homophobia When There’s Already Too Much.

02/16/2014 05:00:41 AM

Another miserable case of someone creating drama for the sake of publicity was recently revealed to be a hoax when K-98.3’s Steve Harper and his “Morning Show” co-host, Leeana, confessed to creating a homophobic response to a child’s birthday

Ovation: Chicago’s Farmer’s Fridge.

02/15/2014 09:54:03 AM

Eating healthy at lunchtime can be a difficult task for many, particularly those on the go, but folks in Chicagoland can enjoy quick-easy-cheap-healthy meals that include vegetables, fruits, nuts and other healthy ingredients in an unusual way.  Fro

Diatribe: If You’re A Giraffe In Denmark You Don’t Want To Be Named Marius.

02/14/2014 05:00:44 AM

One of the girls in my high school class had an older sister who was really REALLY into African Violets.  The sister practiced selective breeding, grew beautiful and healthy plants that won awards and accolades among those in the African Violet uppe

Ovation: The Post-It Note Art of Ivan Mardones.

02/13/2014 05:00:14 AM

In college I was, sometimes, much better at learning from a book than from a lecture.  Sitting in a large auditorium, my mind would wander depending on the speaker and the topic at hand.  Let’s face it … some professors are boring and so are so

Diatribe: When A Frozen Chicken Is A Weapon Of Purpose.

02/12/2014 05:00:03 AM

I’ve always enjoyed a good murder mystery.  Not the blood and gore crap that we’ve come to find today on cable television and in multiplexes but stories that focus more on suspense than on shock.  Anything brought to the screen by Alfred Hitchc

Ovation: Spending A Night In Jail To Save Your Cat’s Life.

02/10/2014 23:00:21 PM

I live with a seventeen-year-old yellow tabby cat that has been My Furry Little Roommate all of his life.  He and I have lived in five different homes together and he has slept and shed beneath the warmth of Christmas trees in each of them.  He’s

Diatribe: The Kooky-Weird-Eccentric-Shia LaBeouf Scale.

02/10/2014 05:00:53 AM

This weekend I had the pleasure of seeing a friend star in a local theater production.  He and the rest of the cast presented a wonderfully entertaining performance to a sold-out house.  Afterward, the audience was invited to meet and greet the cas

Ovation: The Peanut Patch.

02/09/2014 05:00:57 AM

There’s a hamburger restaurant near my office called Five Guys Burgers and Fries.  They make a pretty good burger using fresh ingredients and offer many different add-ons and toppings.  They serve generous portions of fresh-cut fries and there is

Diatribe: When Seasonal Depression Hits You Hard As A Humboldt Penguin.

02/08/2014 05:00:22 AM

I, for one, have had enough of winter weather.  It seems that this winter started out cold, got colder and has since stayed even colder.  Record snowfalls, extreme cold temperatures and talk of a “polar vortex” have been making headlines for we

Ovation: Things To Watch On Television Instead Of NBC’s Coverage Of The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

02/07/2014 05:00:25 AM

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin today with the pageantry of the games’ opening ceremonies.  These Olympics are, possibly, surrounded by more controversy than any other games in the past.  Rumors of terrorist attacks have prompted

Diatribe: There’s Nothing Clever About “Date Grape”.

02/06/2014 05:00:51 AM

When I was much younger, I loved a good frozen drink.  My friends and I would enjoy frozen margaritas whenever we could.  I even bought a special blender with a little spigot on the front to make and serve frozen cocktails.  Of course they were ne

Ovation: The Reappearance Of Anne Frank’s Marbles.

02/05/2014 05:00:21 AM

Like many children of my day, I went through a period where “playing marbles” was all the rage.  We never drew a circle on the ground like some kids but, instead, we would make our circle from a long piece of string.  My brother was much better

Diatribe: Beer Delivery By Drone.

02/04/2014 05:00:58 AM

One of the funniest stories that I’ve heard in a long time was about an eagle that was hanging out by the lake behind my mother’s house in Florida.  My mother enjoys spending time in the screened-in “cage” area that surrounds her pool and ha

Ovation: Coca Cola Included A Gay Family In Their Super Bowl Advertisement.

02/03/2014 05:00:43 AM

My friends and I usually joke that the commercials and the snacks are the best part of a Super Bowl party.  This year it was no joke.  The game was far from exciting and the commercials weren’t even all that great.  Many of them had been release

Diatribe: The Tenth Anniversary Of “Nipplegate”.

02/02/2014 05:00:59 AM

Recently, I’ve learned the true meaning of “binge-watching”, also called “binge-viewing” when we purchased the first three seasons of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey on Blue-ray Disc.  After the first episode I was hooked.  I am fasc

Ovation: Dame Helen Mirren Is Fun.

02/01/2014 05:00:48 AM

Some celebrities have a reputation for being distant, aloof or arrogant.  Others are simply eccentric or downright weird.  Either way, they spend the duration of their careers developing and protecting an image upon which their livelihood depends.

Diatribe: Mall Cop Militias.

01/31/2014 05:00:48 AM

Have you ever been somewhere and suddenly realized that, maybe, you should be frightened?  Maybe you’ve missed a sign or a clue that danger might be lurking around the corner?  Last weekend I experienced an uneasiness that I haven’t fel

Ovation: The Fifteen Year Anniversary Of Britney Spears’ “… Baby One More Time”.

01/30/2014 05:00:50 AM

When it comes to pop music, many superstars have one defining song … a big hit for which they will always be remembered.  Sometimes it’s their only hit but more often than not it leads to a larger fan base and further success.  Sometimes itR

Diatribe: Super Bowl Predictions From Two Sea Cows And A Porcupine.

01/29/2014 05:00:14 AM

I enjoy the excitement of a casino.  My mother can put a twenty-dollar bill into a video poker game and make it last all day long.  I don’t know how she does it.  I don’t have that kind of patience … or luck, for that matter.  I enjoy playi

Ovation: Guest Post – Facebook Users Who Think Before Hitting the “Post” Button.

01/28/2014 05:00:02 AM

I must admit it. I do have a few friends that regularly cram their size twelve boots into their mouths. They usually realize their verbal faux pas, turn a shocking shade of crimson, and embark on a campaign of profuse apologies. I can see how sorry t

Diatribe: Nincompoops In The News.

01/27/2014 05:00:25 AM

Some days it’s hard to believe some of the ridiculous things in the news.  Every once in a while I’ll hear a story or read a headline and I have to ask myself “Wait a minute … was this published on one of those satire websites like The Onion

Ovation: 3D Chocolate Printing.

01/26/2014 05:00:43 AM

Sometimes it feels like I’m about three or four months behind the trend.  If I have a good idea, something really clever, it seems that someone else makes it popular shortly thereafter.  It seems that we can even talk about painting the walls in

Diatribe: Biebers, Meet The Lohans And Learn Something.

01/25/2014 05:00:42 AM

Teenagers have been sneaking drinks from their parents’ liquor cabinets for generations.  They’ve been using fake IDs to buy six-packs to bring back to dorm rooms since six-packs and dorm rooms were first invented.  But the teens of yesterday h

Ovation: Made By Brad.

01/24/2014 05:00:31 AM

A couple of years ago, a road trip brought us past an IKEA store.  Not having one near our hometown, we decided to stop and check it out.  We were amazed by the amusement park-like atmosphere as well as some of the seemingly great deals that were f

Diatribe: Grating Local Commercials On Loud Televisions At Gas Pumps That Don’t Print Receipts.

01/23/2014 05:00:31 AM

“What are we going to do today?” I asked last Saturday morning when, for the first time in what seemed like months we had a day on our calendar that was completely open.  It had been so long since we had any free time that a dozen projects had b

Ovation: The Arrival Of Beer Flavored Jelly Beans!

01/22/2014 05:00:41 AM

I have a really good friend who is quite the “beer expert”.  He knows all the beer lingo, has tasted beers from around the world and really, seriously, knows what he’s talking about when it comes to enjoying a cold tall one. Me … not so much

Diatribe: Guard Your Nuts! Heists On The Rise!

01/21/2014 05:00:34 AM

I had dinner at a Mongolian Grill restaurant over the weekend, where diners select the ingredients for their meal.  The Asian stir-fry concept includes a variety of meats and vegetables that can be combined with different flavored sauces and starche

Ovation: Flipped Classrooms.

01/20/2014 05:00:29 AM

I was an extremely average student.  I spent every hour of classroom time taking notes and highlighting sections of text books so that I could review them again and again on my own later on.  In some subjects I would struggle with my homework, refe

Diatribe: Religious Billboards Are Money Ill-Spent.

01/19/2014 05:00:11 AM

I get so frustrated by churches that spend tons of money on foolish things.  Years ago, churches had money in their budgets earmarked for “evangelism”.  This money was, usually, spent in the community running soup kitchens, open pantries, assis

Ovation: Elias Phoenix!

01/18/2014 05:00:42 AM

Don’t you just love Ellen DeGeneres?  She had seven-year-old Elias Phoenix on her show Friday and the two of them were cute as heck.  And that kid can play the piano! Ellen loved the performance, too.  After taping the episode, she tweeted:

Diatribe: American Apparel Pubic Hair Mannequins.

01/17/2014 05:00:16 AM

Whatever happened to modesty?  When I was young, ladies quietly groomed their legs and underarms in the privacy of their bathrooms and gentlemen who chose to shave their faces did so in their bathroom sinks.  Everyone used soap and a bit of shampoo

Ovation: Monkey See, Monkey Do Not Eat Those Bananas.

01/16/2014 05:00:19 AM

I remember my grandmother using the phrase “monkey see, monkey do” all the time when I was a kid.  If I followed my grandfather around mimicking things he did around the house, the phrase seemed to fit.  He’d put his feet on the coffee table,

Diatribe: An Online Video Tour Of Your Marijuana Garden Should Always Get You Arrested.

01/15/2014 05:00:05 AM

I’m what I call “drug illiterate”.  Everything I know about recreational drugs I’ve learned either from reading the news or watching television and movies.  I grew up in a time and place where there were no drugs to be found or my life was

Ovation: Pizza By The Slice At Pizza Hut!

01/14/2014 05:00:24 AM

A very long time ago, when I was still a smoker, we were allowed to smoke at our desks in the office.  I was terribly addicted and usually had a cigarette burning throughout the day.  Always trying to be considerate of those around me, I would bala

Diatribe: Ridiculously Long Acceptance Speeches At Awards Shows.

01/13/2014 05:00:40 AM

I never win anything.  Some people are just really lucky.  Everybody knows someone whose name gets pulled out of the hat all the time.  It seems that they get picked to come up on stage to help a magician, if a foul ball is hit out of the ball par

Ovation: Smart Boy With Stupid Father Uses OnStar To Get Rescued From Freezing Car.

01/12/2014 05:00:34 AM

When my friends bought a new vehicle for the first time in many years, they were amazed by some of the “bells and whistles” that were included as standard features.  It took them weeks to figure out how to use their new satellite radio and they

Diatribe: When Security Guards Use Tasers.

01/11/2014 05:00:45 AM

Once upon a time I worked in an upscale department store.  During my years in the retail field I always thought it would be entertaining if someone were to write a television sitcom about the goings on behind the counters and in the break rooms of a

Ovation: The Pizza Shop That Delivered Medicine During Bad Weather.

01/10/2014 05:00:13 AM

I’ve recently learned that we have a bit of a reputation at the local pizza joint.  Our house is a bit off the beaten path, so to speak, and not within the boundaries of most nearby food delivery areas.  It never occurred to us when we bought the

Diatribe: #Cheesepocalypse.

01/09/2014 05:00:28 AM

At my house there is always cheese.  We actually keep several varieties on hand.  In the fridge at any given time we have sticks of string cheese for snacks, a packaged cheese ball for emergency happy hours, shredded cheddar to sprinkle on just abo

Ovation: App-Controlled Smart Bartending!

01/08/2014 05:00:20 AM

I like to think that I’m reasonably good in the kitchen.  I can prepare the most complicated dishes and back any number of desserts with a reasonable amount of success as long as I have a recipe to follow.  Having reliable instructions to follow

Diatribe: Who Needs A Flexible Cell Phone?

01/07/2014 05:00:37 AM

I find smartphones to be amazing.  I never dreamed that I’d live in a world where I could carry a device in my pocket that would allow me to make calls, send letters, see weather radar, take pictures, record videos, lock my car door or adjust the

Ovation: London Collections: Men

01/06/2014 05:00:18 AM

One of my guilty pleasures is Project Runway.  While, admittedly, I don’t enjoy it as much as I did in its earlier seasons, I find the fashion design reality competition program currently seen on the Lifetime Network quite entertaining.  Over the

Diatribe: Which Is Crazier? Lemonade Master Cleanse Or Anti-Marriage Equality Hunger Strike?

01/05/2014 05:00:14 AM

Two of the worst weeks of my life are the fourteen days that I spent on the lemonade master cleanse. The trendy detox cleanse made popular by celebrities such as Beyoncé consisted of three parts … a lemonade-like beverage, a salt-water drink a

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