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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is – dare I say it? – one of our most “famous” states. Its history cannot be ignored when it comes to the founding of our country.

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Now, where were we? Ah, yes, back at Linda’s apartment in downtown Ship, although no one called our little ‘Burg “Ship” in those days.

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(The following tale is about one of my all-time favorite Christmas memories. It is based on events that occurred when the main characters were young and, perhaps, a bit foolish. The incidents recounted may or may not be entirely accurate owing to failing memory, interpretation, and the need …

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If, collectively, we Americans should plead “guilty” to one charge, I’m convinced that charge would be overkill.

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On Nov. 8 this year, Election Day, the good Lord elected to retrieve my Great-Aunt Esta from this Earth and take her to her heavenly home.

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Welcome back readers, to another offering of the Blast. This is the ‘final cut’ in what has been a really fun series to write about, the old barbers in Shippensburg. I must say, I have learned a lot this past week about some of the town’s most popular barbers from back in the day.

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It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away. Holidays have a way of stirring memories, whether those memories bring images of warm, friendly occasions that make you smile or dreaded family gatherings that you’d prefer to forget.

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A couple of things (or maybe a few) have caused my brain to overheat lately.

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And now another Halloween is in the books. Like most holidays, Halloween brings back lots of memories and reminds us of how it’s changed over the years. As someone who trick-or-treated before official trick-or-treat nights were established, I’m grateful that the practice of roaming the neigh…

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It had been a long time since I’ve given even a hint of a hoot about Major League Baseball, but I heard a TV sports announcer mention the Phillies and postseason in the same segment, and I was curious. Seemed the Fightin’ Phils were headed into a battle

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(A continuation of the Oct. 12 column regarding the possibility of food shortages and how to prepare for them)

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Although I’ve been trying to avoid advice regarding the coming apocalypse, Armageddon, Great Depression, end-of-the-world scenarios, sometimes I just can’t help myself and I succumb to the temptation to read them. My usual reaction once I’ve finished the “expert” or “well-researched” article…

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Some discussions could go on forever because there’s simply no resolution. But a couple of things that were left out of last week’s “overused words” rant deserve a place in print.

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The topic for this week’s column started out to be “wishes” as in “don’t you wish …” but then I stumbled across some notes on my very favorite topic: words. That’s a rather broad topic for sure, so we’ll narrow it down. This is about words that are used entirely too often. Overuse has tarnis…

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It was William Shakespeare who wrote “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” It’s part of a soliloquy by Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” Act 2, Scene 2 when she’s going on about how Romeo is a person, not a name.

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Have you ever chalked something up as a failure or a major disappointment, and vowed that you’d never do it again, yet you do it again anyway?

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It was, after all, a Monday, which in itself should have been enough to dissuade me from what would turn out to be my ill-planned idea.

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Change is a fact of life. Like death and taxes, it’s inevitable, like it or not.

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This week’s column is just a few comments about interesting headlines in the news during the past couple of weeks.

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Back in the days when I worked the overnight shift at Hoffman Mills, I would read to help me fall asleep when most people were just beginning to face the workday. I read lots of books during my stint there, including the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, but my favorite was a collection of Sherlock …

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One of the marvelous things about language is that it’s always changing. Merriam-Webster adds words every year, and even goes so far as to name a “word of the year.”

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Author’s note: This is a continuation of last week’s column, a response to a piece based on ‘Uncool things Baby Boomers think are still cool.’

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When I first saw the title of the piece, I sort of chuckled and passed by without reading it. But that title stuck with me, and I had to go back to it.

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The day was winding down, and I was ready to call it quits. I’d washed dishes after my bagel and coffee breakfast. Later, I whipped up some potato salad and washed the dishes from that project. I ate some of my tasty creation with my cheeseburger lunch.

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Author’s note: The topic of today’s column is words. Over the years, it’s been touched upon more than once in ‘Much Ado.’ It’s my biggest pet peeve, my constant gripe. Abuse of the English language makes me grit my teeth and want to lash out with unkind remarks such as: ‘Did you EVER go to s…

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Talk of income tax roller-coastered around until it got to deductions for charitable contributions.

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Internet photos of people burning Carhartt clothing caught my eye a little while back, and I was confused. I thought Carhartt duds were the epitome of high fashion among hunters and cold-weather workers, and those who desire to dress like hunters and cold-weather workers.

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Monday would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday, had she not passed away on the last day of 2021. It seems that lots of people enjoyed Betty’s talent as an entertainer and appreciated her down-to-earth personality.