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May 07, 2017

That there was much conversation about the penalty to Richmond winner Joey Logano this week wasn't surprising.

What became the biggest issue among NASCAR fans, however, was a bit of a surprise.

Logano's rear end was found to be out of compliance when it was torn down this week at NASCAR's R&D…

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May 06, 2017

Our little dog, Max, the rescue mutt with the wiggle butt, is shaggy and out of shape. After being cooped up in the rental house all winter he's ready for some summer fun out at Grandma's farm.

Max said as much to me one recent evening as I was reclining on the bed, clicking away on my laptop. The…

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April 30, 2017

I'm not a morning person.

Seriously, I'm not. The first 15-to-20 minutes of my day are usually spent thumbing through emails and social media at about 62 percent consciousness, usually before I've even put my glasses on.

So after my alarm went off Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., you can imagine what my…

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April 30, 2017

Having a cold is like being besieged by a pack of surly dwarfs. Suddenly you’re surrounded by Sneezy, Achy, Sniffly, Stuffy, Sweaty and Sleepy. But worst of all the tiny terrors is Coughy, the world’s original hacker.

Long after the lesser dwarves have wandered off to bother other…

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April 29, 2017

Just when I was certain my three teenage daughters were destined to hunt and peck for the rest of their keyboarding lives, someone at the high school stepped up and saved the day. And right on time for them to help me transcribe and digitize their grandfather’s lifetime, handwritten body of…

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April 23, 2017

The night was chilly, and I shivered in the backseat a little.

It was 1998. My mom was newly married with a sweet newborn, and the four of us were heading home after dinner.

“What time is it?” I asked, speaking without thinking first, as I was quickly learning had consequences.

The car…

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April 23, 2017

I swear, sometimes I think Jimmie Johnson just likes to toy with us.

After six largely lackluster races to start 2017, Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team not only broke through for their first win of the year at Texas two weeks ago, but they did it in the last race before NASCAR entered its…

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April 22, 2017

My supervisor at the community college ran the Boston Marathon last week. Fortunately, he never trains at the college, which could damage my reputation.

Around campus, I've managed to project the image of a mild fitness nut: Fleshy, yet not overly bitter. I'm among the relative few who use the…

April 15, 2017

The discussion on a recent radio program was about professions that can be automated and those that cannot. I was disappointed to hear that parenting teenagers was not among the jobs for which you can hire a robot.

Later that same day, another story in the news made me think that perhaps some…

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April 09, 2017

Texas Motor Speedway has established itself as one of the wildest spectacles in NASCAR.

The track helmed by master showman Eddie Gossage has become known for its wild pre-race shows, outlandish marketing schemes and, of course, Big Hoss, the 218-foot wide video screen that looms large over the…

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