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Yippee! A culinary miracle is at hand! Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Zap Some Happiness

By: John Carlson— With the recent ringing of our front door bell I found my dear friend Jimmy Hayes standing on my porch, tears of joy splashing from his eyes and a package in his hands giving off an angelic, heavenly light. Now, if I may digress a moment, for…

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Bathroom scale’s loss is ours, too. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Time to Shed Some Flab

By: John Carlson— Spring is here and summer is on the way, along with the promise of sunny days spent wearing Speedos and bikinis at poolside parties and beaches. Regrettably, it is also time for some of us to shed those pesky 60 to 70 pounds of rippling, gurgling blubber…


Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Recalling the Amish Cook

By: John Carlson— One cool thing about working in the newspaper business is it affords you experiences you might not otherwise enjoy, like meeting Elizabeth Coblentz. Name ring a bell? If so, it’s because she was the original Amish Cook who first authored the newspaper column that has run for…


Cure for snoring isn’t duct tape. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Snoring Raises a Ruckus

By: John Carlson— There aren’t many physical activities I’m really good at, but one of them is definitely snoring. In noting this, I am not tooting my own horn, forgive the pun. Based on my personal knowledge, I would say I am lousy at snoring, a guy who peacefully slips…


Escargot is better known as snails. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: They’re a Juicy Little Taste Treat

By: John Carlson— You know, when dinnertime rolls around, nothing “hits the spot” like some delicious snails. I didn’t always feel this way, though. Like, take way back before my culinary awakening to snails  – meaning two whole weeks ago. At that time, my opinion of eating snails was best…


Guys riding shotgun shouldn’t squeal. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Rental Car Teaches Humility

By: John Carlson— Once upon a time I had a sweet ride. And I do mean ride. This started off as one of those bad news/good news/bad news things. Having recently flown into Clearwater, FL, for vacation, Nan went to where our car rental place had reserved us a vehicle,…


What ruins a fun day at the beach? Sharks! Professional graphic by: John Carlson

John Carlson: Shark Phobia Isn’t Fishy

By: John Carlson— Our annual vacation to the Gulf of Mexico is coming up, so naturally I’m getting a trifle twitchy. You see, the gulf has – there’s no easy way to put this  – sharks. I never used to think much about sharks before we started vacationing on beaches…