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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.

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Ever since the feline joined the family, we’ve had to adjust our Christmas decorating.

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NOTE: This is a very old rerun, having appeared in The News-Chronicle a few decades ago, before online shopping. But the subject is a familiar one, with last week’s column touching on this year’s incarnation of the same topic.

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Don’t know if it’s the holiday season, the extended hours of darkness or a combination, but my thoughts are being clouded by a few things I can’t understand. Or maybe I don’t want to understand.

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If you’ve been conscious for the past few years, you’ve noticed that one of the more popular home décor trends has been signs.

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As summer dragged on with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and humidity as high as a day in July, I was not happy. When the electricity bill arrived each month of summer and it was way higher than I wanted it to be, I was not happy. I was tired of air conditioners running nonstop and running …

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(Note: This column is a rerun, having been published in October of 2019. It’s that time of year again when the subject of ‘spookiness’ often creeps into my thoughts. This column sums up those thoughts.)

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If you’re old enough to remember the early 1970s, you probably can recall a TV commercial for Coca-Cola featuring a catchy song that included this line: “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.”

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Very recently a friend of mine coerced me into joining some Facebook group about Pennsylvania Dutch food and such. The coercion came in this form, via FB: “Your friend, Penelope, invited you to join this group.”