Tom Purcell

Remembering our history one war memorial at a time

I became angry when I saw the neglected World War II memorial. The stone tribute sits on a triangular piece of property at the junction of ...

Memories of a 1970s dog

A thread on the question-and-answer website Quora discussed the stark differences between dog ownership in the 1970s compared with today. That made me remember the time ...

The benefits of not working from home

I don't care what the new study has found. Working from home is getting old for me. The study, by TinyPulse, finds that full-time workers who ...

The right to conceal & carry in Washington, D.C.

"Why did we just file for a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Washington, D.C.?" said my friend as I walked with him and ...

Celebrating freedom this Memorial Day

Ah, Memorial Day is upon us and the summer picnic season has begun. After all, one of the most delightful ways to celebrate our freedom ...

The Little Sisters of the Poor & the fight for freedom

God bless the Little Sisters of the Poor. They just put our overzealous federal government back in its constitutional place. The Little Sisters of the Poor ...

Premium handmade cigars go up in smoke?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has got me smoking mad. Last week, the FDA released 499 pages of new regulations that pertain to the production ...

A Mother's Day marriage request

My mother is in an enviable place in life as she nears the beginning of her eighth decade. She's lost her filter, and that doesn't ...

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" ...