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Saturday, my wife and I decided to go to the National Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Smith Opera House in Geneva. I like to consider myself a modern male and am super supportive of women. Plus, Mia Hamm was being inducted, and I gotta admit I was hoping to see her and her hus…

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I’ve been asked to go to a university to talk to its students about humor and comedy writing. This university has a very famous humor writer and producer who they are also inviting to come and speak at the same time. I told them, “If you get (other person’s name) to come, I’d love be on a pa…

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One happiness hack of mine: Each night, before going to sleep, I write down (or think about) something new or interesting I learned that day. So, for the last few years I’ve been concentrating on learning something new every day.

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Last weekend I heard a story about how, in the early 1990s, Newt Gingrich thought the GOP was being too polite and needed to stop compromising. Thus, triggering the era of political nastiness that we find ourselves in today.

For some strange reason I started to think about what I would do if I ran for political office. Just to be clear, I will never, ever run for political office. I would be a TERRIBLE politician: I can’t remember names, I hate long meetings, I do not wear suits, I’m not fond of traveling or spe…

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This is an edited remix (i.e. repeat of an earlier “Positive Vibes” due to the fact that my wife and I spent the early part of the week helping our son move from Buffalo to Albany).

Last weekend one of our friends sent me a quote from Doctor David Steindi-Rast that read, “It’s not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy.” She asked if I believed that, and I replied, “Yes, absolutely gratitude is one of the basic tenets of happiness.” In f…

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Last weekend, Olga and I watched the new sci-fi streaming series “Paper Girls” on Amazon. First, I’m happy to report it was a true streaming series, as Amazon gave us all eight episodes at once. I’m sorry, but it’s not streaming if you must wait a week for each episode; that is episodic TV, …

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Last week the New Yorker ran an article entitled, “Can Pickleball Save America” by Sarah Larson. Being a known pickleball fan, a lot of people forwarded that article to me. It was a long article, but I waded through it.

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A few weeks ago Disney Plus debuted a new Marvel hero series, “Ms. Marvel.” If the name seems familiar, it’s because Ms. Marvel’s story ties in with Captain Marvel, who has her own movies and has been a big part of the Avenger movies — although I must admit I didn’t know much about Ms. Marve…

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It’s been said, “Don’t put off ’til tomorrow what you can do today!” But we humans in general are bad at that; procrastination runs deep in us. This can be especially deep when putting off something we really don’t like.

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A few days ago, I saw a meme that said something to the effect of, “I might not know how to do TikTok, but I do know how to write in cursive and tell time on an analog clock.”

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A lot of things are going on in the world right now that are, quite honestly, less than positive. Sometimes, it seems as if there is no good news. This is because the media has an “if it bleeds, it leads” attitude where they ignore positive stories and stress the bad. The bad stories tend to…

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I’m writing this as I am sitting overlooking the beach in Acapulco. I admit to being totally lost in both space and time. Acapulco is pretty, but way hot and humid. My brain is a little more whacked out than normal. I don’t do well in heat, and there are a lot of mountains here, which plays …

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I thought of this week’s column during Memorial Day. After all, I think of Memorial Day as a day of remembering all the brave souls who fought for our country, not just the ones who paid the ultimate price.

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This is a semi-repeat column on the wonderful game/sport of pickleball. The reason I am repeating this is because this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Brook Street tennis courts (named after Geneva tennis legend Lenny DeFrancesco), there will be a pickleball clinic. This clinic will…

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My mom was a fixture in the Geneva school system, serving as secretary to the superintendent for over 50 years. She started in high school at the age of 17 (I might be a little off here since I wasn’t born yet). She retired some 52 years later, after computers just became a bit too much for her.

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Last weekend we took a road trip to Boston to pick up Olga’s sister and brother in-law from a dental convention. It was a great weekend for a drive, the sky and roads both being clear. Of course, during the drive my mind wandered and came up with various questions that I will share (mostly b…

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It’s become very clear to me that sometimes my common sense can be lacking, especially when it comes to food.

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For this week’s column, I decided to take the suggestion from my buddy Sandy and do a story on Wordle.

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OK, we’re now a couple of weeks into spring, yet spring still hasn’t quite sprung here in the Finger Lakes. Yeah, it peaked out and gave us a few samples, like Saturday when we played pickleball outside! We had sunshine and could hang without a coat. But, by Saturday night, it was cold enoug…

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I had very little interest in watching the Oscars. I saw only three of the nominated movies: “Coda,” “King Richard” and “Dune.” I enjoyed all three but didn’t really care if those or any other movies won the Best Picture Oscar. I had more interesting things to do than watch the first three h…

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Here’s some fun, positive stuff! On the weekend of March 26-27, there is going to be a comic con/expo in Geneva, which, for a guy who’s made a living out of writing comics, books and games, I think is pretty darn cool.

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Compromise has gotten a bad rap in some sectors. You’ve probably heard the statement, “When you compromise, nobody gets what they want.” Sure, there are times when, yes, compromising can be bad.

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Over the last week Russia launched a totally unjustified attack on the sovereign nation of Ukraine. This invasion certainly wasn’t a big surprise; after all, U.S. intelligence actually acted intelligently by tracking the Russian troop movements, even predicting the false-flag operation that …

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Well, pretty much every study in the world agrees that spending too much time on social media isn’t good for happiness. In fact, some studies even suggest that your happiness my be inversely proportional to the amount of time you spend on social media. Yale’s happiness expert, Dr. Laurie San…

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A couple of weeks ago we discovered that a soaking-wet dog sitting and rolling on an unmade bed is not a good thing. To get rid of the “wet dog” smell we needed to remove all the sheets on top of our mattress. We also removed the mattress cover for the first time in a LONG time.

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As a sports guy and a positivity person, I’ve always looked forward to the Olympics. I admit I don’t usually follow any Winter Olympic sports (besides hockey), yet every four years I find myself fascinated with winter sports such as snowboarding, speed skating, skiing, ski jumping, luge and …

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A couple of the relaxation and happiness courses I took really stressed the idea of getting away from those glowing cubes we all seem to be so attached to. There are numerous studies where the data seems to suggest that spending time away from your phone can be beneficial. Many studies recom…

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I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on the positive power of movement. It seems that movement every day, even simple ones such as getting up from your chair and walking around the house, can be very beneficial. Plus, it’s also useful to get your heart beating faster (of course, if you w…

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Lately I’ve been thinking more about my father. Dad’s been gone for over a dozen years now. He was a Marine who fought in World War II. He enlisted at 17, taking advantage of the fact his parents didn’t read much English. By the time he turned 18 he was under fire in Okinawa. Like he used to…

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I thought I’d start the year off with something light, positive and fun. Since people are always asking “What do you think of this show?” I figured I’d share some fun viewing reviews.

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Since this is my last article before the Christmas holiday, I thought I’d take it easy and give the world (at least the Finger Lakes) my wish list for Santa or the universe or whatever.

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Last Sunday, after watching the Buffalo Bills in their heartbreaking loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I just didn’t have the stomach to watch Sunday night football. I didn’t want to hear how close the Bills came to winning and now how close they were from being knocked out of …

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A couple months ago I stepped on the scales at the doctor’s office and, much to my chagrin, I tipped the scales at over 240. I insisted I couldn’t really weigh THAT much; I was wearing very heavy clothing and still had my phone in my pocket, plus some loose change — and my socks were thick.

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Editor’s note: John Zakour’s “Positive Vibes” returns to its regular Thursday slot next week.

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We are now accelerating into the holiday season. Of course, Hallmark has been showing Christmas movies for months now (basically the same three plots with different, really good-looking people). Plus, the stores have had Christmas decorations alongside the Halloween candy and decorations. Bu…

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I’m a few weeks short of turning 64. I’m already getting notices about Social Security and Medicare and other senior things. But I’m a strong believer in “you’re as old as you think you are.”

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I’ve mentioned pickleball a few times in this column. I kind of assumed that most people these days know what pickleball is. After all, pickleball is, according to some, “the fastest-growing sport in the nation.”

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It’s a very positive thing to think about and express gratitude to those people or organizations in your life for which you are grateful. Reflecting on what we are grateful for and expressing it can make us feel better.

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I’ve mentioned this before, but a new string of Progressive Insurance commercials has gotten under my skin. These are the commercials where Dr. Rick helps young home insurance owners to not turn into their parents. I admit these commercials are funny. They certainly hit very close to home, a…