Ruby Ridge is right around the corner

Published Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I think social media is turning us all into extremists.

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We need a wake-up call from our phones

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I remember when phones were devices we used to talk to people. They were not portable, and they did nothing more than connect us to the person on the other end of the line so we could communicate.

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Mending fences while building walls

Published Saturday, February 25, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Things aren't good with our neighbor to the South. Why is Mexico upset with us? Well, we want to build a wall to keep people from illegally crossing the border from Mexico, and we want Mexico to pay for it.

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Can’t read her poker face

Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Before Lady Gaga performed her halftime show at the Super Bowl this past Sunday, there was much speculation about whether or not the show would be a political protest.

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You don’t get what you don’t pay for

Published Saturday, January 21, 2017
By Joy Carrico

American Airlines announced a few days ago that they will soon be selling "Basic Economy" fares in addition to the other main cabin fares.

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No pain, no pain: Deconstructing and defining my core values

Published Saturday, January 14, 2017
By Joy Carrico

In this week's copy of All Around Wise, Gerry Lewis wrote a column called "What are your core values?" He starts by explaining the difference between beliefs and core values. Beliefs are abstract, while core values motivate us to act in certain ways.

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Hockey’s got nothing on baseball

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Joy Carrico

The Fella loves hockey. He even plays hockey. As his loyal and loving girlfriend, I have made an effort to understand and enjoy this game. In fact, I have often been one of two or three people freezing in the metal bleachers as he plays in league hockey.

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We need a lot more Dolly

Published Saturday, December 3, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Can I call you Dolly? If I were to call you Ms. Parton, I imagine you would insist I call you Dolly. You seem to be on a permanent first-name basis with the whole world.

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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas everywhere I go

Published Saturday, November 19, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Get ready. It's almost time for the invasion of bad music into our lives.

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Beware the little white lie

Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016
By Joy Carrico

A study was released Monday in the journal Nature Neuroscience that concludes the brain adapts to dishonesty. Scientists devised a study where they gave people incentives to be dishonest without having to admit it and measured their brain activity.

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Hey! Mr. Nobel Laureate, play a song for me

Published Saturday, October 15, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." The reactions to this news, I've noticed, seem to fall into one of three camps.

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All I need to know I learned from Yogi Berra

Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Yogi Berra said, "Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too." I want to have that quote put on a metal sign and hang it in my house.

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Green Bay is for (football) lovers

Published Saturday, September 10, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Given that you read my column last weekend, you know the Fella and I took a trip to Wisconsin, which I described in some detail. As I noted at the time, I left out the part of our trip pertaining to the Green Bay Packers because it warranted its own column.

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The mystery of cheese curds is revealed

Published Saturday, September 3, 2016
By Joy Carrico

The Fella and I took a trip to Wisconsin this summer. Wisconsin is the Badger State. I didn't know that and wouldn't have guessed it as we failed to spot a single badger.

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Don’t mess with Senor Purpose

Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016
By Joy Carrico

On Sunday, Aug. 14, the Texas Rangers will be giving away a promotional bobblehead of Adrian Beltre, their third baseman. His helmet will be removable. This is so you can touch his head. Why? You may ask.

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Maybe it’s Pleasantville after all

Published Saturday, July 30, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Today is my birthday, and I had quite an experience this week. In order to tell the story, I need to provide some background information.

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A journey into the affairs of men

Published Saturday, July 16, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I love looking through Messenger archives. Advertisements are a particular favorite. I looked through the 1916 papers this week, curious to see what advertising was like 100 years ago. It was interesting.

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Senators are committing miscarriage of justice

Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Supreme Court justices have political views just like everyone else, and they are often affiliated with political parties.

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Baseball offers gamut of emotions

Published Saturday, May 7, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I think baseball is about the moment. Every year teams compete, some advance, some advance further, four play for two pennants, two play the World Series. Year after year this happens.

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Keep calm and read this column

Published Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Do you remember the first time you saw the poster, or T-shirt, or image on the internet of a crown topping the message, written in white letters on a solid red background: "Keep Calm and Carry On?" It's been around as a popular item for a while now.

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