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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A trip to the wonderful world of baseball

Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016
By Joy Carrico

The Fella and I made a trip to Surprise, Ariz., to see a Rangers game during spring training. I had no idea this was such a big deal in the world of Ranger fandom, but apparently going to spring training is the spiritual pilgrimage of many longtime baseball afficionados.

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Are you aware of what you need to be aware of?

Published Saturday, March 26, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Tomorrow is Easter. But today is also very special. Today, March 26, is Epilepsy Awareness Day. It is also National Nougat Day and National Spinach Day. I don't recommend mixing those last two up in an effort to streamline your awareness observance.

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Girlfriend’s survival guide: dating a sports fan

Published Saturday, March 12, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Last football season I noticed a disturbing pattern developing with the Fella. He would come in the door and announce, "I'm upset." I'd feel my anxiety rise and dread enter my heart. Oh, no! What terrible thing has happened?

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Hopelessly devoted to Choo

Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016
By Joy Carrico

The Fella is an avid Rangers fan. When we started dating, I had a passable knowledge of baseball, but no past enthusiasm for the sport.

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Understanding the true meaning of ‘Groundhog Day’

Published Saturday, January 30, 2016
By Joy Carrico

The movie "Groundhog Day" is misrepresented by society. It drives me nuts when people say something like, "This is like 'Groundhog Day!' I hate it!"

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I can’t be held responsible because I have affluenza and I ate too many Twinkies

Published Saturday, January 16, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I'm late to the party, but I just recently heard about the Couch story unfolding in Fort Worth. Intrigued, I went online and looked it up. I was immediately confronted with a word I've never heard before - "affluenza."

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Smiling lessons recommended

Published Saturday, January 9, 2016
By Joy Carrico

My name is Joy. I cannot count the number of times I have been told "You're not living up to your name," or "Joy, you're not being very joyful."

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Government advises citizens to act stupid?

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I was on the Project Gutengerg website looking for a copy of a Dickens novel, when I came across a list of the 100 most downloaded books from the previous day.

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Keeping the X in Xmas

Published Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Joy Carrico

When I was 6, I drew a Christmas picture in Sunday school. At the top of it, I wrote "Merry Xmas." Big mistake. I presented the drawing before the whole Sunday school class, and the teacher proceeded to inform me that I had committed a shameful act.

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Russia will tame even the most overprivileged princess

Published Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Joy Carrico

As a consequence of being married to someone from there, I had occasion to visit Russia in the mid-'90s.

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I literally can’t stop taking things literally

Published Wednesday, November 11, 2015
By Joy Carrico

Why can't kleptomaniacs understand puns? Because they take things literally. I love this joke because I get it.

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Halloween? Fall Festival? Whatever, just point me to the party.

Published Saturday, October 31, 2015
By Joy Carrico

People love parties. I think this is true across all time, all cultures and all religions. When I look at the observance of Halloween, I see how much people are willing to bend things in order to keep the party going.

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Thank you for choosing Starbucks. How may I help you today?

Published Saturday, October 10, 2015
By Joy Carrico

In the not too distant past, I was a barista. This job offered me an opportunity to observe people. It amazed me how invisible I was. I don't know how many hundreds of times I would say "Good morning" or "How are you?" and receive something like the following in reply: "I want a venti no-foam soy latte."

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How to let go of insults and live life free of resentment

Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015
By Joy Carrico

Well, the title may be a bit of an oversell, but I do know a way that really helps me let go of insults and live a life freer of resentments. It's summed up in two words: assume goodwill.

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The evolution of LOL

Published Saturday, September 5, 2015
By Joy Carrico

I first encountered the abbreviation LOL (which I eventually discovered stands for "laughing out loud") while chatting with friends on the Internet in the late '90s.

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