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263 articles found. You can use the search filter form above to narrow your search

QUICK VIEW  Sorted by category, post date (newest to oldest) and title
Click on Category name to expand details within category, or on item title to view article

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Aging, General

 7 records found

A New Day Dawns and We Rise Cheerfully to Meet It by Garrison Keillor

Suddendly It's Clear Why I Want to Be Old by Garrison Keillor

An Ode to Being Old by Brad Stulllberg / Outside

Agers Anonymous by James N. Watkins

Purpose! Passion! Pep! by Barbara Greenleaf

'It is what it is' by Ken Potts

Top Ten Wishes for My 50th Birthday by James N. Watkins

Arts & Entertainment

 4 records found

Forget About Songwriting: Try Fiction by Garrison Keillor

The Future of Escapism As I See It by Garrison Keillor

Two Views of My World by Howard Whitaker

Lessons from Back to the Future by James N. Watkins


 6 records found

Were You Part of History? by U.S. Census Bureau staff

What Matters More: The White House or Our House? by Greg Asimakoupoulos

'Twas the Night Before Voting by James N. Watkins

Election Eve Expectations by Stu Johnson

Mail-In Voting Update by Stu Johnson

How Should I Vote? by Stu Johnson


 6 records found

In Georgia, Taking Shelter from the Storm by Garrison Keillor

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents? by Matt Soniak / Pocket

English Spelling is Ridiculous by Sally Davies / Aeon

The Facebook Threat by Stu Johnson

Express Yourself Submitted by Stu Johnson

Foul-Mouthed Minions?What our brains do with gibberish by Stu Johnson


 1 record found

Narrowing One Gap by Stu Johnson

Faith, Religion & Spirituality

 21 records found

Please Breathe On Me by George Garrison

The Season of Harvest by Leona Bergstrom

Will You Get a Do-Over? by James N. Watkins

Christmas in July—and All Year Round by Greg Asimakoupoulos

Forty Days of Hope and Humor by James N. Watkins

There are 16 more items in the category Faith, Religion & Spirituality...See the whole list


 28 records found

Walking a Crowded Street in Gratitude by Garrison Keillor

Listen Up, He Says, and He Means It by Garrison Keillor

It's Summertime! by Leona Bergstrom

Good Isn't Good Enough, Seek Perfection by Garrison Keillor

More Than One Million Americans Report Ukrainian Ancestry by US Census Bureau Staff

There are 23 more items in the category General...See the whole list

Government & Politics

 18 records found

Where Will the Political Violence Lead? Look to the 1850s. by Joshua Zeitz / Politico

My Thoughts After Being Cut Down by a Tree by Garrison Keillor

Sitting in the Sixth Pew, Brooding on Things by Garrison Keillor

Why I'm Not Running for Anything Whatsoever by Garrison Keillor

The Strain of Polarization by James N. Watkins

There are 13 more items in the category Government & Politics...See the whole list

Health & Wellness

 5 records found

Use Your Calendar as a Reminder to Make Your Days Count by Greg Asimakoupoulos

Normal? by Leona Bergstrom

Dreading a Dark Winter Lockdown by David Robson / The Guardian

Where Did You Grow Up? by Emma Betuel / Inverse

Managing Your Coronavirus Fears by Rusty Wright


 10 records found

An Idea, Probably Wrong, but It is an Idea by Garrison Keillor

A Truly Scarey Halloween Dave Roos /

A Gooey and Delicious History of Mac and Cheese, a Meal Once Fit for a King by Ian Lecklitner / MEL Magazine

Days of Infamy by Greg Asimakoupoulos

World War Eleven submitted by Charlie Matthews

There are 5 more items in the category History...See the whole list


 1 record found

Hobby Therapy by Connie Schultz


 62 records found

The 12 Sites of Christmas (2022) by James N. Watkins

A Season for Music by Stu Johnson

December 2022 by the Numbers by US Census Bureau Staff

Waiting for Christmas, Wishing for Snow by Garrison Keillor

An Old Man Thinking at the Thanksgiving Table by Garrison Keillor

There are 57 more items in the category Holidays...See the whole list


 7 records found

Olympic Office Events by James N. Watkins

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures by Barbara Greenleaf

Welcome Summer by James N. Watkins

COVID and the Cone by George Garrison

Hunkering Down Humor by Rusty Wright

Don't Be An April Fool by James N. Watkins

It Could be Worse by James N. Watkins


 4 records found

What Mozart Did for Me Last Week, Thanks, Amadeus by Garrison Keillor

Dare to be Ordinary by James N. Watkins

Sam the Olympic Eagle and You by Leona Bergstrom

Happy 8/28 Day! by James N. Watkins

Life Events

 33 records found

The Beauty of a Bitterly Cold Sunday Morning, 8 AM by Garrison Keillor

Squeezing Good Out of Bad by James N. Watkins

A Hike to Times Square and Back by Garrison Keillor

Sick in Hotel Room, Thinking Back by Garrison Keillor

Disillusioned by Rchard and Leona Bergstrom /ReIgnite

There are 28 more items in the category Life Events...See the whole list


 2 records found

True Colors Shining Through by James N. Watkins

Imagine . . . then Consider by Stu Johnson

News & Current Events

 34 records found

Here're Your Orders: Make Something Beautiful by Garrison Keillor

May We Not Just Ache by Leona Bergstrom

Some News, As We Know, is Realer than Other News by Garrison Keillor

Sitting Scared in Church, Thinking About Evil by Garrison Keillor

Reality is a Good Antedote, America, Take a Long Hard Look by Garrison Keillor

There are 29 more items in the category News & Current Events...See the whole list


 5 records found

I Am Alone, Please Let Me Tell You About It by Garrison Keillor

A Foolproof Recipe for Dealing with the 'Turkeys' in Your Life by Greg Asimakoupoulos

White, 'woke' . . . and 'privileged' by James N. Watkins

The B-I-B-L-E and LGBTQ by James N. Watkins

Uniting the Charlie Browns by Wes Wick


 1 record found

The Four Phases of Retirement by Richard Bergstrom

Sports & Recreation

 1 record found

Hoops Cancellation Withdrawal Disorder by Rusty Wright


 2 records found

The Lost History of the Electric Car from The Guardian

Coping with Technology by Barbara Greenleaf


 1 record found

The Little Known Benefits of Raw Oytsers Perhaps by Garrison Keillor


 1 record found

New Storm Rising by Richard Bergstrom


 1 record found

Happy May Day! by James N. Watkins

Work, Employment

 2 records found

What if My Grandchild is Not College Material? by Barbara Greenleaf

Am I a 'Feminist'? Yes and no! by James N. Watkins