Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lap dog’s lament

By Peppermint Patti JOTR Columnist I hear them talk about it, Sophie, and there’s only one word for what I feel. Angst. If they go through with this thing, Sophie, I have a big question: Where am I gonna sit? … Continue reading

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Dog U

By Patti, PhD (Philosophocus Dogus) JOTR Columnist You’ve heard it through the grape whine, haven’t you, Sophie? I’m Professor of Canine Studies at the U. Happened at Christmas. A present to me from my two-leggers. They got tired of paying … Continue reading

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Out of my mind with cider

By Joel Thurtell When I posted my plan to cut our booze bill to zero last March, a reader commented, “You’re out of your mind.” I must be nuts, then, because I followed through on my plan. The idea was … Continue reading

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What a Muslim taught them about Christmas

By JOTR staff Once upon a time, two Peace Corp volunteers were facing a lonely Christmas in the sub-Sahara. They were thousands of miles from family and friends. They had each other, true. But they would learn that they also … Continue reading

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Remembering the mole family

By Joel Thurtell Russell Hoban was an amazing writer whose Frances books transfixed adults as well as their target audience, which was kids. His novel, Riddley Walker, could have been classed as sci-fi or fantasy, but for pure inventiveness, the … Continue reading

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My pal Newt

By Joel Thurtell I like Newt. I can’t say it too often — Newt Gingrich is the greatest! I owe Newt a big debt of gratitude, because it was Newt who nudged me off the dime and into the race … Continue reading

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Hope for Delray

By Joel Thurtell Four years ago, I retired from my job as a reporter with the Detroit Free Press. One of the last stories I wrote for the Free Press was about a seemingly hopeless community in Southwest Detroit known … Continue reading

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My valvectomy

By Joel Thurtell I underwent my valvectomy some years ago. The operation went very well. I was on my feet throughout, though there was a point during the procedure when my wind pipe was cut off. But once we spliced … Continue reading

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How serious is my bid for President?

By Joel Thurtell The question has been raised whether I’m truly serious about running for President, given that my name is not on the ballot of a single state. To political strategists, this may seem like a huge liability. It … Continue reading

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My run for President

By Joel Thurtell For too long, a veil of secrecy had shrouded my Presidential candidacy. My ambition to govern these United States, to solve all our problems, economic, social, spiritual and yes, even musical, knows no bounds. But I had … Continue reading

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