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In January 1995, I made a list of 18 attributes that described the type of man I wanted to marry. The list included “wants children,” “high family ties — loves his mother,” “secure in themselves” and “social.”

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My Grandpa Lou was my dad’s stepdad and the only grandpa on my father’s side I ever knew. Once, on a visit with him, I lamented that I would have to take a typing class in the fall. I was 15 and entering my sophomore year of high school. We sat at a picnic table in a park and watched my youn…

I live in rural northern Michigan, a region celebrated for its small-town tourist attractions. People travel from all over the U.S. to experience what I do every day on my regular morning run. Each day of running on these dirt roads restores my sense of wonder.

Last summer I finally met two friends for dinner at an outdoor restaurant. In the early months of the pandemic, they were afraid to venture out. One said meeting up felt like “we’re playing Russian Roulette with our lives.”

The U.S. housing market is on fire, with the supply of available homes falling drastically short of pandemic-stoked demand. Worrywarts are calling it a “crisis” and circulating weird tales of buyer desperation — including one about a supplicant in Bethesda, Maryland, who apparently offered t…

As lockdowns sent city dwellers “fleeing” to the suburbs for more space, the prices of homes offering that space took off. To play in the bidding wars, homebuyers had to cough up big money and chain themselves to giant mortgages. This painful scenario led many to choose renting over buying, …

I’m not going to invest in Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s plan to bring a nuclear power plant to Wyoming. I’d also prefer to not see taxpayers like myself forced to shell out hard-earned money on such an environmentally risky venture.

Wyoming is on the verge of being near the nucleus of U.S. energy innovation while going somewhere it has been before — on a power trip.

With a government report due in June on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) and a recent “60 Minutes” story on U.S. Navy pilots’ sightings and videos of mysterious images, prominent people in politics, the military and national intelligence are finally asking: What are we looking at? It’s th…

For millions of Americans, the next six months are going to be great. The power that COVID-19 had over our lives is shrinking, and the power we have over our own lives is growing. The image that comes to mind is recess. We’ve been stuck emotionally indoors for over a year. Now we get to spri…

The skyjacking of a dissident journalist over Belarus on Sunday was a brutal action with a simple message to opponents of dictator Alexander Lukashenko: We can get you anywhere.

As of Sunday, Gaza Strip terrorists — and “terrorist” fits people who take indiscriminate aim at civilians to achieve political goals — had fired 2,900 rockets at Israel in the past week.

Saying Hamas must pay a “very heavy price” for belligerence, Israel bombs a 13-story apartment building in Gaza that had a Hamas presence. Saying Israel “ignited fire” and is “responsible for the consequences,” Hamas fired rockets at Israel.

The Republican Party made a grievous error this week in ousting Rep. Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, from the House leadership for telling the truth about Donald Trump’s “big lie,” which has wreaked havoc in our democratic republic by casting doubt over the 2020 election.

Liz Cheney’s ouster this week from the House Republican leadership has prompted many observers to say that the Wyoming representative is headed to the “political wilderness.” This assumes that the Republican Party is itself a civilization and not some decaying political entity about to be bu…

The day before Friday’s disappointing jobs report, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster followed Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte in calling on their states to end their participation in COVID-related unemployment programs.

In ordinary times, news that the American economy added 266,000 jobs would be great. But when everyone assumes we’re at the early stages of a boom, and some economists predicted an April report of a million new jobs, it’s a disappointment.

For 17 days, the orca mother carried her dead baby off the coast of Vancouver Island. People around the world watched, transfixed, as she refused to let her calf drop into the Salish Sea, even as its body grew lighter and lighter with each passing day. Sometimes, the calf would slip off as s…

The tightrope one must walk when discussing race these days is especially perilous if you happen be Republican Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina.

“America is not a racist country,” Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., declared, directly after accusing liberals of calling him the “n-word” and “Uncle Tom.”

Just how seriously do viewers of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” take his off-kilter rants? The Fox News host appears to have set up an experiment on Monday night to test that proposition.

Tune into CNN or MSNBC on a daily basis and you will find someone venting about what Tucker Carlson said the night before. The New York Times, The Washington Post, etc., vent daily about Carlson. Back in the early days of blogging, bloggers would attack bigger names hoping for attention, lin…

Last weekend I attended my second funeral in about six months. The first was my oldest brother’s. The second was for the mother of a college friend. Neither death was caused by the pandemic but both took place during it. As I departed to Georgia from Louisiana, as the plane cut a path throug…

Morrie Schwartz was a Brandeis sociology professor who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1995. While he was dying, he had a couple of conversations with Ted Koppel on “Nightline” and a bunch with his former student Mitch Albom, who wrote a book, “Tuesdays With Morrie,” which sold more…

Is 20 years long enough for a war we could never win? President Biden apparently thinks so, which is why his administration announced Tuesday that all U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the anniversary of the attacks that launched America’s longest war.

President Biden faced a painful dilemma in Afghanistan when he took office. Having committed the United States to removing all troops from the country by May 1, then-President Donald Trump reduced the force to a bare minimum by January, even though Taliban insurgents hadn’t fulfilled their s…

Well, it all depends. To Democrats, Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., is a one-man obstacle to progress; on the other side of the aisle, he’s the best Republican the country has had since Ronald Reagan.

President Ronald Reagan had a favorite joke he loved to tell about twin boys, one perennially pessimistic and one perennially optimistic. In an attempt to dampen the latter child’s sunny outlook, a psychiatrist brought the child to a room piled high with manure. Delighted, the little boy sta…

Along with many others, I have long argued that the reason so few police officers are ever charged in their killings of unarmed Black people (and few of those charged are ever convicted) is that our legal system has effectively rendered those killings legal. This is the case regardless of ho…

By moving the Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Atlanta, where it was scheduled to be played this summer, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has, in the opinion of many Republicans, declared the league an arm of the Democratic Party and baseball itself to be a blue sport, with values oppose…

Here’s a juxtaposition that neatly captures the state of today’s GOP: Republican lawmakers are telling their voters to get angry at corporations that express support for the voting rights of African Americans, while also telling them that raising taxes on corporations to fund infrastructure …