Tom Purcell

Our growing rudeness & incivility

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, and people sure are rude these days." "Ah, yes, you speak of a recent survey by The Associated Press-NORC ...

Needed: Some Will Rogers' sanity

With incivility running high in our politics and society, we sure could use a dose of sanity from Will Rogers, one of America's greatest humorists. The ...

Why dirt is good for kids

Get this: Prisoners spend more time enjoying the outdoors than modern children. That is the finding of a global survey commissioned by the "Dirt Is Good" ...

Why I snapped at a Bernie supporter

I'm crabby this time of year — absolutely miserable, if you want to know the truth. My taxes are due. Every year at this time, I worry ...

Needed: Another Earl Hamner

Boy, did I love watching that show when I was a boy. I speak of "The Waltons," of course. I've been thinking about the show since ...

The only move to make if Trump wins

It's become a cottage industry since Donald Trump started winning Republican primaries: If he wins the presidency, one in four Americans would consider moving to ...

Transient Americans & my parents' house

I'm lucky that my mother and father are doing so well — lucky that, in our transient country, their home is the hub that unites ...

St. Patrick's Day brings needed levity

St. Patrick's Day couldn't have arrived at a better time. With all the nuttiness going on in the presidential election — with the country more divided ...

If Bill Clinton becomes 'first guy'

The way our circus of a presidential election is unfolding, the odds are increasing that Hillary Clinton may become our first female president — which ...

Why we want our politicians to lie

Three studies provide insight into something we all know to be true: Politicians lie. The Daily News reports that politicians are good at yarn spinning ...

Hey, Bernie, the robots are coming

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thinks he can wave a magic government wand, impose lots of new taxes and government programs and change the world. ...