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February made me shiver ...
Posted Monday, February 23, at 2:06 AM
OK, I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a clever song lyric. Love to drop them into conversation sans music -- just to see if anyone catches on. You know, like shooting a man in Reno just to watch him die. And February -- dear, old frozen (let it go, for goodness sake) February -- seems the perfect time for this lyrical litany...

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Oh, Lance ...
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 5:39 PM

So, a man who could so deftly maneuver a racing bike through dozens of other spinning wheels, up and over mountains, through rain and sun and cold suddenly can't drive an SUV down the street without plowing into parked cars. That's just how mightily one-time American hero Lance Armstrong has fallen...

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Many happy returns or ungrateful dread?
Posted Wednesday, January 21, at 7:10 PM

Trying to maintain an ever-stylish wardrobe, I bought a bright and colorful new dress shirt a couple weeks ago. The color was listed on the tag as hyacinth, which I recognize as a flower but not necessarily a color -- unless maybe you owned the mega-box of crayons my parents never bought me...

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If the flu hits, wear it
Posted Monday, December 15, at 4:15 PM

Sitting here poised over the laptop keyboard, I realize I've been wearing the same clothes -- black Dixie Chopper hoodie and my most comfortable jeans -- for three days now. Haven't combed my hair in at least two days since it hurts just to touch it. Haven't shaved in three so that's made the beard a lot more scruffy than I like...

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Dark days
Posted Wednesday, November 19, at 5:29 PM

Alvin Dark died the other day, and with his passing went a piece of my youth. When he died Nov. 13 at age 92, his obituary noted that he had been one of the oldest living major leaguers. How he managed two teams to the World Series. And how he was the shortstop and team captain for the great New York Baseball Giants teams of the 1950s...

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Music hath charms to soothe the savage workplace
Posted Friday, October 31, at 10:17 PM

Whistle while you work? Apparently Sneezy, Dopey and the whole Seven Dwarfs crew knew what they were singing about, according to a new study about music in the workplace. Who knew music hath charms to soothe the average dwarf? Heigh-ho! Mindlab International, a UK (that's United Kingdom, incidentally, not the University of Kentucky) research firm, suggests that 88 percent of workers produce their most accurate efforts when listening to music...

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Stark makes rich men of all of us at Beef & Boards
Posted Wednesday, October 15, at 9:11 PM

Watching someone ply their craft with gusto never fails to bring a smile to my face as I absorb myself in their zeal. That's why I've always been a sucker for hustling baseball players like Nellie Fox or Lenny Dykstra or Ryan Freel. Special teams football guys like Steve Tasker and Pat McAfee. Everyman actors like Steve Buscemi...

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Home is where the stomach is
Posted Saturday, October 4, at 10:17 AM

Daughter No. 1 called the other day -- no, wait, let's get that right, she sent me a text the other day; nobody calls anymore -- wanting to know if it would be all right if she and husband Karl spent the night on their way from Iowa to Ohio. So, apparently Indiana isn't just a fly-over state, it's also a drive-thru...

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Indiana No. 1 in something? Dream on ....
Posted Wednesday, September 24, at 2:23 PM

Probably the last time anyone really remembers Indiana being ranked No. 1 for anything good was back when Hoosier hoops ruled the hardwood. Usually state rankings find us in some kind of a dogfight with Mississippi and Arkansas for all the wrong reasons...

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Come on, Putnam County, let's check your pulse
Posted Thursday, September 18, at 9:09 AM

Come on, sing it with me: Letters ... we get letters ... we get stacks and stacks of letters ... That was a staple of the old Perry Como television show I can remember my parents insisting we would watch on the one-and-only TV in the household of my youth...

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Going bananas over leg cramps
Posted Friday, September 5, at 11:32 PM

It seems nearly impossible but I doubt I've watched a complete episode of "Seinfeld" for a number of years now. Oh sure, I've occasionally paused mid-episode while channel flipping to enjoy a famously recognizable scene or two. The Puffy Shirt? The Marine Biologist? The Contest? Who can flip past any of those when you see one of them in progress?...

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Too hot for cold, hard facts
Posted Wednesday, August 27, at 3:55 PM

It seems more devious than sacrilegious that during the hottest stretch of summer, the gang at the old Farmers' Almanac would get all folksy on us and start yammering about what horrors await us again this winter. I mean, can't we even enjoy our 90-degree days? Enjoy our 100-percent humidity sweatfest here without getting all nostalgic for ice, snow and cold and a visit from the Polar Vortex?...

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Ice Bucket Challenge? I think I know how this ends ...
Posted Friday, August 22, at 2:11 PM

Well, you knew it had to happen sooner or later ... Yep, I've been challenged to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) fundraiser that has gone virally berserk in recent days. Greencastle High School football coaches did it (my khakis suffered collateral damage during that event, by the way)...

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Honk if you hate keyless entry
Posted Tuesday, August 19, at 10:06 PM

If you were peacefully trying to meditate in a courthouse cubicle the other day, I'm sorry. If you were quietly noshing in the back corner at Almost Home or Chief's the other afternoon, I apologize. If you were wandering the friendly confines of the courthouse square and almost jumped right out of your skin? Oops...

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Yea, you never forget your first
Posted Tuesday, August 12, at 11:50 AM

Conventional wisdom, popular culture and old adages never fail to remind us that you'll never forget your first. You remember, she had those curves -- those gentle, tantalizing curves. And in all the right places. Sleek and stylish. Classic beauty lines. You wanted to be seen with her and let everyone know she belonged to you...

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Average House Band to share old memories and play their songs again
Posted Wednesday, August 6, at 5:27 PM

Suffice it to say, there is nothing average about the annual Greencastle return of the Average House Band. When the boys are back in town this Friday and Saturday (9 p.m., Inn at DePauw, $10 at the door), it will be hard to tell who's having more fun -- members of the band or those who flock to enjoy their return to their roots each August...

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R.I.P., James Garner
Posted Tuesday, July 22, at 8:18 PM

The world learned Sunday that actor James Garner died Saturday night of natural causes at age 86. That makes me sad. So very sad. For not only was he a fine actor whose work I immensely enjoyed in the old "Maverick" and "Rockford Files" TV shows but he genuinely seemed to relish what he was doing at all times. A man's man, he shared an obvious sense of humor with a wink and a nod that he didn't take himself too seriously...

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Taking the iced tea plunge
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 7:46 PM

There's a scene in the Bruce Willis "Die Hard" sequel where our hero, John McClane, finds himself stuck in one of those "Groundhog Day" situations. Willis breaks the sacred fourth wall and stares into the camera to say, "Why does this stuff (expletive deleted) keep happening to me?"...

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So you got a little color this weekend, eh?
Posted Thursday, May 15, at 1:12 PM

The fact that little ol' Annie made the loathsome lyrics "the sun'll come out tomorrow" synonymous with optimism has always amazed me. After all, we redheads should stick together. And if you have the slightest hint of red in your head, the last thing you want to do is be out in the sun. Today or tomorrow...

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Royce Waltman someone to celebrate
Posted Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 PM

With the passing of former DePauw University basketball coach Royce Waltman Monday night -- a feisty fellow and architect of a 1990 NCAA title run that came up one last shot or one fateful missed call short of reality -- I was deep in my own thoughts and memories when I spotted a tweet from Ken Owen...

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A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Eric Bernsee has enjoyed residing in Greencastle for more than 25 years. Years of consuming McDonald's iced teas, Dairy Castle flurries and Marvin's GCBs have helped make him the man he is today.
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