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March 19, 2017

There is something about my two little dogs that inspires verse. I often address them in rhyme — Ollie Dolly and Einstein Superfine — and stanzas sometimes pop into my head when describing their behavior.

“Storm boys make some noise when they drag out all their toys ...…

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March 18, 2017

Sports fans will find any reason not to like a particular athlete or team.

Maybe he or she said or did something they didn’t like. Maybe they don’t like how the athlete treats reporters, or don’t like how the team seems to get all the calls and all the good breaks all the time…

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March 18, 2017

While Congress is working to further screw up the state of health insurance, it's worth noting that even for those fortunate enough to still have employer-based coverage, things have changed. In addition to higher premiums and more limited coverage, for instance, the questions have become more…

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March 12, 2017

There is something pi-ous about a circle.

Moon, Earth, banana cream: all around us, nature is rounded. This Pi Day, on 3.14, it is a time to roundly celebrate the circle.

The circumference of any pie is pi times the diameter.

At a fundamental level, though, roundness is an illusion. The flits and…

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March 12, 2017

One of my favorite things about NASCAR, and the thing I think makes it the most entertaining, is just how many moving parts have to align to win a race.

It's not just about which driver is the most talented, which equipment is the best, which pit crew is the fastest. It's all of those things,…

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March 11, 2017

Driving to Myrtle Beach was the big rite of passage when I was a teenager. For some, the lure was more youthful wanderlust than saltwater and sand.

One summer evening in a Johnson City pool hall, fellow Food City bagger Jeff Brown suggested we gas up the truck and drive to Myrtle Beach.…

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March 05, 2017

The USGA and The R&A have made changes to the rules of golf, designed to speed up the game and to give golfers some relief from bad luck. It’s going to take a little while, however, since the changes won’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2019.

All told, there are 24 new rules, replacing…

March 05, 2017

When a Mallard duck got tangled in a fishing line hanging off Chuck Oham’s boat, little did he know that it was the start of a fine feathered friendship.

I learned about the unusual pals from Oham’s girlfriend, Diana Oostring, who said the relationship stretches back a couple of years.…

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March 05, 2017

The pomp and circumstance of Speedweeks is behind us, which I’m sure is a relief to the team owners who had to pick up the tab for all the wrecked sheet metal that came back from Daytona.

The grind of the NASCAR season starts today at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Daytona 500 gave us plenty to…

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March 04, 2017

Our president apparently believes that sending humans to the moon again can help make America great, again. Or maybe he just wants to plant a Big Gold T up there — you know, to more readily identify the Sea of Tranquility.

President Trump reminds me of Shane, a former acquaintance who went…

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