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As I sit here writing this story, I am also living it. I’m leaving a note to myself and also asking Siri to remind me to “pick up Olga at 4:50.” This is because of something I really messed up two weeks ago.

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I remember back in the old days (i.e. the early 2000s). I, along with many others, had a late-night ritual of brushing teeth, showering (I’m a nighttime shower guy), and curling up in bed with a good book.

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I’ve often said sports are the ultimate reality show (disclosure: I did not make this phrase up, but I totally agree with it). Let’s look at what happened to the Buffalo Bills over the last two weeks.

Wow, it’s hard to believe another year has almost come to an end. I’ve just gotten used to remembering to write 2022 when I date something. It will probably take me a few weeks or months to let 2023 sink into my gray matter. I’ll miss the symmetry of 2022. It’s not quite as symmetrical as 22…

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There’s a saying “No news is good news.” It pretty much means if anything bad happens you’ll hear about it. Until then, don’t worry, be happy.

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We tend to think that being average is, well, being less than ideal.

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The World Cup, the most popular sporting event in the world, is going on right now, several months later than its normal summer spot. While the event always seems to spark some controversy, this year’s event is rife with more due to the host being Qatar.

I can’t stress enough how important it is for happiness to spotlight the things in life you are grateful for. I know I do this a lot, but being the week of Thanksgiving (and being on a short schedule), I thought I’d express my gratitude again.

Once again, it’s the time of the year when it’s nice to sit back and be thankful. Heck, we even name a holiday based around giving thanks.

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We have an election coming up, and in many ways it shows how divided our country is. To try to bridge the divide a little, I thought I’d try to show how, if we work at it, pretty much anybody can find some common ground with anybody else.

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A couple of weeks ago I had a head cold I couldn’t shake. To be cautious, I went to one of the local medical centers to be tested and checked out. When the nurse swabbed my nose for the test I was so stuffy the swab didn’t work. The nurse apologized for the inconvenience. But I told her, “He…

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For those of you who do not know, I’ve been a Mets fan since 1967 (please note I also like and appreciate the Yankees, and I root for them unless they are playing the Mets). Being a Mets fan for the last 50-plus years means I’ve ended the baseball season disappointed every time, except for 1…

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A couple of days ago I found an article online about that old “ice bucket challenge” that was going around in, believe it or not (I was shocked), 2014 (side note: I could have sworn it was going around in 2020. That’s how time moves so much quicker the older we get. But that’s fodder for ano…

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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.