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This column has been a long time coming. I began working on it a bit over a week ago, and have started over four or maybe five times.  I’ve stayed up late working on it and I’ve … more
Back in November, I decided to take two or three weeks off before once again returning my photo to the Tribune’s opinion page. I wasn’t exactly taking this time off because I was tired … more
Our president aimed a derogatory insult at a pretty big group of Americans recently. Specifically, Mr. Trump said that Americans who don’t support him, so-called “Never Trumpers,” … more
This appearance of The Amend Corner is sort of significant — at least as significant as a column produced by a guy like me can be. I realized that this was a significant column while … more
Should President Trump be impeached? Maybe, or maybe not, but the House of Representatives has taken a big step beyond just talking about impeachment, opening an investigation of the president to … more
A few months ago, I reached the ripe old age of three score and 15 years. One of the benefits of reaching such an advanced age is that I have quite a lot of free time. I have no job — … more
If you are a regular reader of this column, you know there are times when writing and my brain don’t want to work together. This is one of those times. I suppose I could give up and send … more
Space travel seems to be a hot topic these days. Among other things, there is a bunch of interest in sending astronauts back to the moon, and this time, they should stay awhile and even build a … more
Well, summer is approximately half over now, and my wife and I have already experienced the high point of the season — the biennial reunion of the cousins. Every two years, our son’s … more
Nearly three decades ago, two young girls began to exchange letters, beginning a friendship despite being separated by many miles. Recently the two girls, now in the 40s, met each other in person for … more
I had a good laugh over something I read in the news recently. At least I did until I realized what the item says about Americans, and I decided it wasn’t so funny after all. The item was … more
I seem to have been a bit lax in my duty to the readers of this column this year. To put it simply, ever since the calendar rolled to a new year, I haven’t written my usual number of essays … more
I have always been a drug-free person. At least I used to be such a person, before myeloma and diabetes caught up with me a few years ago. Between the two conditions, I am ingesting a frightening … more
There was big news on the astronomy front earlier this month when a team of researchers managed to take the picture of an actual black hole. It was an impressive achievement, but some people used the … more
Big changes came to the world a century ago. With the end of World War I, the German Empire — a collection of Germanic principalities — was dismantled, and its emperor, the kaiser, … more
I've spent a lot of time at the opera the last couple of weeks. Actually, I haven’t actually been at the opera. More accurately, the opera has been coming to my house, thanks, of course, to … more
I have been visiting the past in my reading, as usual, by learning about the life and career of a guy named Whittaker Chambers. If you are wondering who Whittaker Chambers is, and why someone … more
Last week, we were faced with a disaster. Actually, as disasters go, it wasn’t much. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed to call what almost happened a disaster. It wasn’t as … more
My reading interests took an uncharacteristic turn last week. For most of my adult life, I have preferred to read non-fiction — especially history and current events — to reading … more
Thanksgiving is a little early this year. In fact, Nov. 22 is the earliest date Thanksgiving can ever fall on. It can only happen when Nov. 1 falls on Thursday and November has five Thursdays. … more
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