Tom Purcell

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" ...

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 ...