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Am I the only human who has felt mired down in a state of blah for the past year? It hasn’t been like being stuck in quicksand exactly. Not a matter of life and death. Just stuck in place and can’t seem to get out. OK. It’s been mental/emotional quicksand.

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Am I the only human who has felt mired down in a state of blah for the past year? It hasn’t been like being stuck in quicksand exactly. Not a matter of life and death. Just stuck in place and can’t seem to get out. OK. It’s been mental/emotional quicksand.

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Reportedly, we’re “seeing light at the end of the tunnel” when it comes to COVID, what with the “alleged” availability of vaccines and the fact that we’ve been hunkered down – to a degree – for more than a year.

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Not that I needed another habit, but one day a random thought occurred to me, and that thought was “crossword puzzle.”

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This winter has given us numerous opportunities to ask the ugly question “How much snow are we supposed to get?”

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It’s no secret that life is full of inconveniences, some more inconvenient than others. It’s also no secret that how we respond to them can influence the degree of their impact on our everyday lives. Over the decades, I’ve found that they rarely come singly. I’ve also learned that the most c…

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“So, when’s the last time you flew?” the kid asked on a cold winter afternoon while I was up to my elbows in dishwater.

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Here we are with the cable bill equivalent to about a car payment a month, and the provider sends an email informing customers that there will be a pricing update. Yes, that means the price is going up.

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ODD: It was probably 8:30 or so on New Year’s Eve when suddenly I realized that there wasn’t a 2021 calendar in the house.

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Old-time Shippensburgers waxed nostalgic when they noticed Santa and his sleigh had returned to “the square” this year.

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Everyone’s been posting photos of their baked goodies on Facebook this week. Some showoffs even rubbed our faces in it earlier.

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The little Christmas tree was in place, but naked except for the lights that came pre-attached. Dozens and dozens of ornaments were nestled in their totes, waiting to be selected for the honor of gracing the 2020 Tannenbaum.

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Routine can be good and, in many ways, it is. Each of us has a morning routine that no doubt includes brushing teeth, taking a shower, getting dressed, having breakfast and so on.

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As a young child, I had a dream that occurred every time I was sick. In it, I was trying to escape being crushed by a giant stage curtain. Later, as a teen, my one recurring dream was being shot at in my childhood home. Odd thing about that one is that I was on the second floor, so my assail…

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Disclaimer: What you are about to read has no scientific relevance, evidence, or significance. It makes no claims regarding emotional, physical, psychological, or physiological implications or indications. Any resemblance to persons living or deceased is purely coincidental. Read at your own…

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One of these days, when all this COVID stuff is over, we’ll look back and assess how we reacted, how we adapted or didn’t, what we accomplished or didn’t, how it changed us, if it changed us at all.

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Maybe it’s because this coronavirus thing has everyone a tad edgy, but there have been a lot of things going on that make me want to scream and/or pound my fists into the wall.

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When the plague of 2020 hit home, no one was prepared for how long we’d have to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous pandemic misfortune.

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Today’s column is a tweaked version of one written a few decades ago. Since 2020 has been far from normal, this column may bring a smile and memory of a better time.

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Note: Today’s Much Ado is a tweaked version of one written a few decades ago. While most 2020 vacations have been postponed or canceled, we thought a ‘vintage’ column would bring a memory to your mind and a smile to your face. This column recalls a visit South.

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Note: Today’s Much Ado is a tweaked version of one written a few decades ago. While most 2020 vacations have been postponed or canceled, we thought a ‘vintage’ column would bring a memory to your mind and a smile to your face. This column recounts a visit South.

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Note: Much Ado has been around since the late 1970s. While life remains topsy-turvy in the summer days of 2020, we thought perhaps a ‘vintage’ column would bring a memory to your mind and a smile to your face. Today’s column, written in 1980-something, is the fourth part of a tale recounting…

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Note: Much Ado has been around since the late 1970s. While life remains topsy-turvy these days, we thought perhaps a ‘vintage’ column would bring a memory to your mind and a smile to your face. Today’s column, written in 1980-something, is the second part of a tale recounting a trip to Maine.

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With the complete understanding that everyone must earn a living somehow and with all due respect, this Nik Wallenda fellow has got to be stopped!

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(The following account is based on a true experience. There will be naysayers who declare the story false, but they are mistaken. Although it may sound far-fetched, even unbelievable, rest assured that those persons involved, being of sound mind and good repute, have given their oath, with h…

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No matter what people do for a living, it’s a sure bet that they take some components of the job with them even when they’re not “on duty.”

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When I was maybe 10 or so and as inquisitive as most kids, I sometimes had trouble understanding things that, to my immature, undeveloped, childish mind didn’t make sense.

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The seemingly endless dreariness of this winter has been a bummer for sure. While we haven’t been “snowed in,” we’ve surely had more than our share of damp, rainy days.

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The plan was set. I’d get up at 6, mosey downstairs, fix a cup of coffee and warm up a fresh sticky bun to enjoy while I watched the silliness that is Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. Thank goodness for PCN!

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Recently, an item in an area police news roundup noted that authorities were looking for a man wanted for acts of sexual violence along with other forms of violent behavior. The piece listed the man’s features, you know, height, weight, eye color, and included that he has a visible tattoo of…

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Although I promised myself I wouldn’t fall for such enticements again, I couldn’t help myself.

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It’s been said that the majority of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by the middle of January. Most often, resolutions are tied to improving ourselves by breaking harmful habits or making beneficial changes to make us and thus our lives better.