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Thoughts wander while work delays

October 3, 2010 Have you ever spent far more time avoiding a chore than it would have taken to just do it in the first place? Nah. Me either. When it’s time to get a thing done, I just do it. Jump right in. more »»

Money really does buy happiness

September 26, 2010 Happiness costs $75,000. That’s the expense report from the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University, which rang up a report this month that says yes, you can buy happines. more »»

A clean desk spills the wrong message

September 19, 2010 “A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind.’’ That astute observation is attributed to none other than genius Albert Einstein. more »»

Unfit to be tied

September 12, 2010 Why are men considered dressed up when their collars are cinched shut by a tie? Is there something symbolic about the business world and bearing a noose about one’s neck? The women attached to these... more »»

Say what? Things Dad said can baffle

September 5, 2010 I pert near misunderstood what he was saying. Then I recalled that ‘‘worsh’’ is something one generally undertakes with soap, water and a worsh rag. more »»

Unplug and play road sign game

August 29, 2010 I was trapped in a passenger van for hours of highway with a gob of kids. Being an old man now, I was dreading the trip. But it was strangely quiet. I looked around the van. more »»

Aging like not so fine whining

August 22, 2010 Do you send mail with postage stamps? Can you write in cursive? Has your phone ever been connected to a coiled cord? Do you wear a watch? Then you’re probably not a college freshman. more »»

The path is less traveled for a reason

August 15, 2010 When I was a kid living in the country, I counted on Dad for rides into town to meet my friends. He’d look down at me kneeling on the floor, begging and whining, and say, “Walking’s not crowded. more »»

Space, time, logic bend with age

August 8, 2010 Time is warped. Spatial relationships are out of whack. And logic — well, there’s nothing remotely logical about i. more »»

Drowning in self-esteem

August 1, 2010 It’s summer camp season and kids everywhere are saturated with water, buried in macaroni crafts or whatever is taking their place these days, and bolstered with all manner of self-esteem exercises. more »»

Listen up! This is expert advice

July 25, 2010 News flash! The experts might be wrong. Never mind which experts. Take your pick. We’re overrun with the pests these days. more »»

Why ask why? Just because

July 18, 2010 Lisa made the mistake of asking why. more »»

Wisdom of a narrow mind

July 11, 2010 With age comes wisdom, and judging by the limps, creaks and groans that accompany the simplest of tasks these days, I suspect that my intelligence is beginning to peak. more »»

Toppling cows and even more weighty issues

July 4, 2010 I’ve said plenty over the last 17 years. It’s time to take another dip into the mailbags to give you your say. more »»

Hey, Play-Doh brain, where are these voices coming from?

June 27, 2010 The brain is a funny thing. Have you ever looked at one? It looks like a bunch of fat Play-Doh snakes that some kid gathered up and plopped in a pile in a cereal bowl. more »»

First job is a poor, sweet memory

June 20, 2010 The Social Security Administration likes to taunt us by sending annual reports that tell us exactly how much money we earned over our careers. more »»

Guinea pigs don’t pass the smell test

June 13, 2010 Sometimes a little extra cash isn’t worth it — not when it requires you to sniff armpit sweat. more »»

No rest for the knowledgeable

June 6, 2010 Thankfully, I never learned any useful skills. It’s very hand. more »»

Step away from the giant red pelican!

May 30, 2010 Have you ever started awake, looked your spouse in the eye and yelled, ‘‘Choose the purple one or the pig won’t take the right trail!’’ In the moment you yelled it, it made perfect sens. more »»

Readers give Burt an earful

May 23, 2010 I am a bit behind in responding to letters, e-mails and website comments, so today, ‘‘Burt’s Eye View’’ dips into the mailbag to clear up a few collecting dust in the corne. more »»



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