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Healthy performance review

By Tom Purcell
“You’ve worked for us for 10 years, Johnson, but I’m not sure how to grade you during this year’s performance review.” “What are you talking about, boss? I doubled sales over the year before.” “Impressive, Johnson. But how often do you go ...

The downsides of living alone

By Tom Purcell
The number of Americans who choose to live alone continues to grow. So finds a recent Current Population Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to The Washington Post, the survey found that “the proportion of Americans who live alone has ...

A 2014 ‘Gift of the Magi’

By Tom Purcell
A giant Manhattan penthouse and a summer home in the Hamptons. That was all. There was nothing Sabrina could do but plop onto her designer couch and cry. Christmas was a week away, but Sabrina didn’t have enough money to buy ...

TV’s Christmas miracle

By Tom Purcell
It’s amazing that the show almost was not broadcast. I speak of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — a show that, for reasons I don’t understand, holds more power over me with every passing year. The show has a very simple premise: Too ...

Merci, America!

By Tom Purcell
Bonjour, America! Have you heard the good news? Under President Obama, the U.S. ranking for personal freedom has slipped below that of France! According to The Washington Examiner, the Legatum Institute just released its sixth edition of its Prosperity Index. It ...

I’ve been stupid, but not THAT stupid

By Tom Purcell
I’ve done my fair share of stupid things over my life. When I was 5, my father told me to stop jumping around the bathtub, but I ignored him. I slipped and hit my head on a ceramic soap dish, which ...

Smokers, wouldn’t you rather switch than fight?

By Tom Purcell
I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope. Cigarette smoking used to be fashionable. Actors like Steve McQueen and Sean Connery made ...

Millennials: Voice over

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Millennials hate voice mail and don’t often bother to listen to their messages. So reports NPR’s “All Things Considered” in its “The New Boom” series. As it goes, millennials prefer to receive their information via text or Facebook messages. If ...

Beat Ebola like polio

By Tom Purcell
My mother was 13 years old, the oldest child in her family, the day the health department nailed the quarantine notice on her front door. It was late in the summer of 1951. My mother’s younger sister, Cecelia, was just beginning ...

Needed: More independent contractors

By Tom Purcell
If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar. Maybe I better explain. In addition to writing this weekly column, I provide professional copywriting services to a variety of organizations. If they like my work, they give me more and ...

Criticizing Obama: Too late, not too little

By Tom Purcell
I’m starting to feel bad for President Obama, if you want to know the truth. His poll numbers are so low — an IBD/TIPP poll indicates that 53 percent of adults in the United States now characterize Obama’s presidency as a ...

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